Here we are, 2015. As the new year dawns, I’ve been thinking of ways to improve our guitar effects kits. You all have been very helpful by giving us your feedback and we’ve taken all of those things into consideration. Here’s what’s changing with the kits as of January 1, 2015:
DIP Sockets & Header Pins Included
We are going to include our female header pins and DIP sockets necessary for the transistors and IC chips in the kits. Even though they’re optional, we highly recommend them and so we’re going to include them in the kits. Not only do they help prevent damaging the parts with overheating, but they also allow you to experiment with other transistors and IC chips if you’re willing to tinker in hopes of finding a new tone.
Changing Included DC Chassis Socket
Many of our customers have no need for a “switched” socket since they don’t want to put a battery in their pedal and the extra terminal does more to confuse people than to help. So all kits purchased this year will include the smaller, non-switched DC Plastic Power Socket that we think you’ll appreciate. If you would rather have the Switched DC Chassis Socket that we’ve included in the kits in the past, simply mention it when you purchase your kit(s) and we’ll gladly change it out for you.
Color Veroboard Layout
Some of you have already seen these since we made this changeover in early December. We’ve added a color laser printer and now print the veroboard layouts that come with the kits in color. They’re prettier!
Enclosure LED Resistor
We’re adding a 2.2K Ohm Carbon Film resistor to the kits for the enclosure LED. We realized there was nothing indicating the need for this and so we’ll add one in for convenience. A lower value resistor can be used if you desire a brighter LED, but we’ve chosen the 2.2K since it’s safe for a larger range of input voltages and will dim the LED a little bit so it’s not glaring bright in darker settings.
We will continue to work on making improvements to the kits if we think they’ll make them more helpful and easier to you. It’s important that you send us your questions and/or concerns because this helps us to know what’s lacking and how we can make it better.
We’ll be working on a series of instructional material to better help people new to effects pedal kit building. Based on feedback, we realize that such a resource would be very helpful and so we’re going to try and get that done in the near future. Until then, keep the tagboardeffects’ Greeny’s Vero Build Guide in mind for beginner how-to and then the Fault Finding a Build guide in mind for troubleshooting techniques. They also have a Forum where you can ask questions and find answers from other very knowledgeable builders.
Thanks for making 2014 a great year and we hope 2015 is an even better year.