GuitarPCB.com has a philosophy of, "Give a man a fish, he eats for one day; teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime." The documentation they provide is designed to do just that, help the builder learn. So some documentation is provided to teach "how to build a pedal" followed by instructions for each project which focuses on "building this specific pedal." This concisely conveys the build-specific information, without those details getting lost in a sea of "how to build any pedal."
General pedal building documents include the following, which are not in pedal-specific documents:
If you have never built a pedal, start by reading the GuitarPCB.com Crash Course documents and familiarize yourself with the other available documentation under the "General Pedal Building Instructions" below. Then, before turning on your soldering iron, you should completely read the instructions that are specific to your kit.
If you find a link to a document which does not work, please use the Contact form and let us know so we can update the link right away. All of these documents are also available on the GuitarPCB.com website (see their store for the PCB for your project).
A Note on Printed Kit Documentation:
To comply with the terms of our agreement with GuitarPCB.com, printed documentation for projects is not automatically included in the kit packages. This is part of their green initiative. Please use a laptop or tablet to view the build document while you build, rather than printing. If this is not possible, please add a note to your order at checkout or use our Contact form before your order ships to request an exception to this policy, and we'll provide a 2-sided printed copy of the latest 'pedal-specific instructions' in the shipment with your kits.
The following guides are not project-specific but provide a general understanding of how pedals are built, wired, what the components do, and how the circuit boards are marked. These provide the general knowledge needed to build any pedal. Read these first, then read the pedal-specific document for your project.
The Beginners Build Guide courtesy of Trom1.
The Beginners Guide to Components courtesy of Billy
The Crash Course Guide courtesy of several members.
The GuitarPCB Guide – Tonmann Version
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|Ancestral Apparition Reverb|
|Angry Red Camel|
|Color Tone Overdrive|
|ColorTone Bass Fuzz|
|ColorTone Supa Tone Bender|
|Dr. Phybes Phaser|
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