What does each kit include?
Every kit includes knobs (enough for that particular kit per the build document), an enclosure, 2-1/4” mono audio jacks, a DC power jack, hookup wire, a 3PDT foot switch, an indicator LED, an LED bezel, the effect printed circuit board (PCB), plus, as listed in the parts list in each build document, all of the resistors, diodes, integrated circuits, transistors/FETs, capacitors, potentiometers (pots), trim pots, and toggle switches specific to the project you order. Starting in February 2017, all kits now include a metal washer for the 3PDT foot switch for a more professional look, and a 3PDT wiring board to make it easier to wire this 9-lug switch!
What do I need to provide to complete my kit?
You will need a few tools, such as a soldering iron, preferably one with a temperature control (these are available online for under $50 shipped), solder, wire strippers, wire cutters, screwdriver, wrenches to tighten the jacks, pots and switches to the enclosure. You will need a digital multi-meter (DMM). They sell inexpensive DMM’s at Harbor Freight tools for under $10, but if you build a lot of pedals, you will probably want to get a nicer model eventually.
I bought a kit. How do I get started?
Read the GuitarPCB.com crash course document. And if you can, read through the Tips, Tricks and Tutorial section of the GuitarPCB.com forum. Download the latest kit instructions from the GuitarPCB.com website, and read the entire thing before you pick up the soldering iron.
Help! I built my kit, and it does not work. What do I do now?
Support is provided through the forum on GuitarPCB.com. Free membership/registration to the GuitarPCB.com website is required. On the forum, there are many experienced pedal builders who can provide assistance to you with your build.
Please note that the “Contact” form on the Pedal Parts and Kits site is not for technical questions with a build. That form is for customer service inquiries, such as shipping issues, etc.
Are your enclosures painted or powder-coated?
The enclosures we offer which are not "bare" are indeed powder-coated. We source these from reputable vendors with high quality control. For those of you that don't know what powder-coating is, it is a finish that is applied by using an electro-static charge; that is, the enclosure is given an electrical charge that attracts the coating material (which is in a powder form) by using static. Then the enclosure is baked in an oven until the coating fuses together, giving a finish that is very durable.
Why don’t you include a battery snap with each kit?
Batteries are both expensive and environmentally un-friendly. We encourage everyone to power their pedals with an AC to DC Boss-style power adapter or a larger power supply designed for a pedal board. Some of the GuitarPCB.com circuits do not work well on batteries, as sound quality degrades quickly when the batteries start to drain. The build documents and Layout Library at GuitarPCB.com.
Can my kit include an undrilled enclosure instead of a pre-drilled one?
Yes. If you do not see an option for this in the drop-down menu for the particular kit you want, please mention this in the comments field when you place your order. Unless otherwise denoted on the product page, no discounts are provided for ordering kits with an undrilled enclosure.
Can you sell me just a PCB, without the rest of the kit?
No. Our agreement with GuitarPCB.com is that we will not compete directly with them in selling their circuit boards without a kit.
Are these circuits patented?
No. None of the circuits that we offer are covered by current patents. In fact, very few analog guitar effects have ever been patented. There are a few exceptions, such as the Mutron III, which was deemed unique enough at the time when it was introduced to receive a patent. That patent has now expired.
What’s up with copyrights, trademarks, and registered trademarks?
The arrangements of components within an unpatented circuit can be legally copied, however, the artwork for the schematic and the circuit board are protected by copyright laws. For this reason, all of our circuit boards have re-drawn schematics and unique circuit board designs. GuitarPCB.com’s circuit boards and build documents, including the schematics, are protected by copyright law.
Trademarks can be registered with the trademark offices, such as US Patent and Trademark Office. Trademarks which are not registered can also be protected by law. For this reason, we are careful to provide ownership information to trademarks when they are used on this site. We will not knowingly sell kits to anyone that we know intends to sell pedals that infringe on trademarks. In other words, please do not build one of our kits and label it using the trademark associated with another company.
What’s the best way to decorate or label my pedal?
There are many options. You can design a label in a graphics program on your computer, and then print it on adhesive label material. www.labelsbythesheet.com has inkjet and laser-compatible label material. Fixative and clear coat may be needed. Please read their instructions for more information. Water-slide decals also can be used. These are very thin and will also require clear coat. Some people use rubber stamps with paint to label the pedal. Alcohol inks also provide unique results and are pretty easy to use. These are available at craft shops and on Amazon.com.
Are your kits true-bypass?
Yes, most of our kits are true bypass. There are a few exceptions, such as the R2G2 and MKC, which were designed to provide a buffer and are not true-bypass. There are instructions in the build document for making the R2G2 a true-bypass circuit if you desire. If you have questions about a particular circuit being true-bypass, post a question on the GuitarPCB.com forum, and one of the moderators or other pedal builders will assist.
I want to modify the build. Can you customize my kit?
No. Unfortunately, we cannot customize kits. In the future, we plan to offer some individual parts in small quantities, such as resistors, capacitors, and diodes which you can add to your cart when you place your order if you want to modify your build. If you do something that damages your build by performing mods from the build documents, we bear no responsibility for the damage.
Where do you ship your products?
We only ship to the United States and Canada at this time. We are not authorized to sell kits in Europe. We may offer shipping to other parts of the world at some future date. Please see our shipping policy on our Terms and Conditions page for the latest changes to our shipping policy.
What do I do if a part is missing from my kit?
Please use the contact form on this website to request a missing part.
What do I do if a kit is damaged in shipping?
Please contact us immediately using the contact form on our site. Please do not start to build the kit with the undamaged parts.
Do you guarantee that my kit will work?
Unfortunately, no. Similarly, if you went to a yarn shop and bought yarn and knitting needles, they probably would not guarantee that you will be able to knit a sweater. With the kit, we provide you with the raw materials, and you must provide the perseverance to work with members of the forum at GuitarPCB.com to troubleshoot the build.
Can you build my kit for me? Or fix it for me?
In short, no and no. We do not have the resources to build kits for people and we do not offer troubleshooting services. For build support, please post a question on the GuitarPCB.com forum.
When will you carry more kits?
We offer kits for the mass-majority of projects offered by GuitarPCB.com. As new projects are offered by GuitarPCB, we will expand our kit offerings as well. If you see a project there which we do not yet offer, please use the Contact form to let us know, and we'll respond with whether we'll be able to accommodate your needs prior to the official release. In addition to stocking the required parts, we also have other administrative tasks, such as creating packing slips, updating the website, creating the labels for the parts bags for the project, etc. Kits are usually added 2 or 3 at a time, a month or so after the PCB is made available at GuitarPCB.com.