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DIY : Build your own guitar effects pedals Model - LPB1

Many guitar effects consist of very simple configurations. Getting them to sound right are another matter. SmallBox effects has some great diagrams and plans for building a few of your own effect pedals. Very well drawn. These are ideal for the beginner.














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Hello And thank you for using SmallBox as your source for
fun and entertaining effects projects. In addition to the
provided graphical schematic, here is a parts list, advice
and maybe some indications on where to get better/cheaper
parts for your effect.

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Project: LPB1 (Linear power booster)
Build Difficulty: Begginer

This is a very easy to build booster effect, in its
stompbox version (some people have built it as a
"preamp" inside their guitar's control cavity), that
gives that "extra" kick to your tone when needed.
This is a perfect project for the beggining builder
as it only uses commonly found parts, and will work
well with any kind of component.

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PARTS:

Resistors:

1 - 830kohms
1 - 10Kohms
1 - 100Kohms
1 - 360 ohms

Capacitors

2 - o.15 uF (electrolytic or similar)

Transistor

1 - 2n5088 (commonly found)

Potentiometer(s)

1 - 100kohm log (i prefer Alpha pots)

Other

1 - Hammond 1590BB Alluminium Enclosure
1 - Switchcraft Mono 1/4" Jack
1 - Switchcraft Stereo 1/4" Jack
1 - Carling DPDT Heavy duty Stomp switch
1 - 9v Battery snap (try to get the hard plastic type,
the others seem to break off after a few changes).
1 - Perfboard.a small sized one like at
small bear's catalog is enough.
1 - Knob (buy according to the shaft width of the
potentiometer you bought)
? - Wire. 22AWG, solid core makes for easier soldering,
buy colors!
1 - Soldering Iron, 20-50w, try to get a "needle" tip.
? - Solder, rosin core, a small "tube" coil
is enough for a box.

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Random Tips:

The enclosure.

Probably the hardest part about building the box, is getting
a durable, good looking finish on your enclosure. on Hammond
Alluminium enclosures, i proceed as follows:

- Sand box with fine 400-800 grit sandpaper until smooth
- clean box with acetone throughly
- slightly heat box with a hair dryer
- spray 4-5 coats of enamel paint (can is fine)
- using a toaster oven, at about 100 degrees, bake for half an hour
- let cool, and cure for 2 days
- spray with several coats of clear coat (rustoleum clear coats do fine).
- sand with fine, fine paper, (DONT go all the way through the clear)
- buff throughly, for that SHINE!

- GOOD LUCK!

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Where to buy:

All of these items are readily available at SmallBear Electronics.
I recommend them for stompbox parts. The service is great, they
are very knowledgeable, and the prices are great.

www.smallbearelec.com

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