About The Pedal Creators
Everyone can build excellent boutique guitar pedals. Everything we do is to make that experience more accessible and user-friendlier. The Pedal Creators series are the best and easiest to build PCBs ever. Including most resistors and capacitors already soldered on board as SMD components, leaving the key values for you to experiment and craft your own tone. Now you can build a pedal you are proud of in less than an hour without any previous experience. What are you waiting for to become a Pedal Creator?
The Pedal creators – key features:
- Easy to build, no previous experience required. It’s like Lego for musicians.
- Fast assembly, finish a pedal in less than an hour. Play your favorite record and enjoy the ride along.
- 100% mistake-proof. Even my grandma can build one while she cooks.
- Build your own boutique pedal. Experiment with different values and make the pedal you always dreamed of.
- Easy to scale. Turn your passion into a money-making machine.
Self-claimed as the first overdrive featuring hard mosfet clipping, the OCD has been for sure and standard for everyone in love with gain and singing guitar leads. We covered all 4 classic versions of the OCD in this board, plus the JHS mods and our own version!
Like always, you can do some experimentation and come with your own version of this iconic drive.
The OCD is a pedal Mike Fuller, initially build for himself. His thought was that other overdrive pedals manufactured at this time just keep pronouncing things amps already deliver. He was looking for a circuit that adds JTM45 like overtones to any setup allowing you to crank the volume to create singing leads
from every amplifier.
Over the years, he did plenty of versions, so we matched the PCB and the documents to give you the option to build one of four versions.
If your amp already delivers quite some high-end, I recommend building V3. Got more gain on top but a tone control that adds less high-end (this could sound a little harsh and is one of the biggest complaints some guys have with the circuit). Also you can experiment moding the key highlighted values and design your own version!
In this model, we have also included the possibility to add toggles that enable-disable the input and output buffers individually. When you are sure that you want the buffers always “on” or “off, “you can leave the toggles out. Using in and out for no buffer and buffer in and out for buffers. You also can mix that up or experiment with different combinations. I recommend alligator clips for that or a test box.
- Hi-lo Switch
- Input buffer switch (Optional)
- Output buffer switch (Optional)
For further analysis on this circuit take a look at this thread on Free Stomp Boxes Forum.
For any technical questions regarding this build don’t forget to check out our Facebook Group and our forum at Free Stomp Boxes.
Building docs current version:
TOC SMD – Building Docs
TOC SMD – Drilling template
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