Archive for the ‘DIY Guitar Effect Pedal Projects’ Category

Update:  If you are interested in purchasing a pedal, please visit my commercial website:

New pedals are becoming available again and I think these are the best SDD-3000 preamp pedals yet.



I’m very pleased with how the metalwork and finish turned out on them. With each version produced, I make little improvements to the design.

I only have a limited quantity (really, just a few) of these on hand at the moment but I will indeed have a larger quantity available later in the summer.

If you are interested in purchasing a pedal, pricing information can be found at my commercial website:


Here is a Fuzztone F-1 clone (i.e. “Rab” Fuzz) I recently built and installed inside an Orange enclosure, as a tribute to the original Kay Fuzztone pedal. Personally, I think this looks better than black:




The original Kay was all orange (plastic), but I chose a black rubber foot pad here, because I figured an orange one would look start to look dirty rather quickly.

I’m currently sold out of the SDD-3KP and FA-2 pedals with no immediate plans to produce more as I plan to focus on other projects. I may consider making updated versions in the future, or maybe offer them in a kit form if there is enough interest in something like that.

I’m quite proud of the quality achieved in the production of these pedals and I’m confident they will serve their owners well for many years to come.

If you have ideas of what you’d like to see (updated versions with extra features or perhaps a kit) let me know!

The last one!

The last one!

Here are some photos of the latest updated version of the “Rab Fuzz” (Kay Fuzztone Clone) Pedal:

DTS Rab Fuzz DTS Rab Fuzz

I’m very happy with this updated version…It uses military grade metal film resistors throughout the signal path, which help make it one of the quietest Kay fuzztones I’ve ever used.   Perhaps I will make an orange one next…

Here’s a variation of the Remote/Rack Wah unit which uses a handwired turret board for the wah circuit.  I was inspired by the Vox V846-HW handwired wah pedal to create this version.  The foot controller is optically isolated as before, and it has a switchable buffer installed on the output.


Here’s a closeup of the wah circuit:


I did not copy the Vox layout but instead made my own. However, the principle is very much the same. It’s just like wiring up an amplifier with turret boards. You don’t need a printed circuit board, but it’s more time and labor intensive.



IMG_6484Quick Update: For those interested, the 2012 version of the SDD-3KP pedal is still in stock at the moment, but on-hand inventory is limited!


Some new circuit boards just arrived as part of an update/redesign of my “Rab Fuzz” which I’m excited about:

In this version I’ve moved the audio jacks off of the PCB. It requires a little more wiring, but this will allow the circuit board to interface with a wider variety of wah enclosures.  (Some older enclosures have sloping sides which don’t work well with the board-mounted Neutrik jacks.)