Jul 29, 2011 DIY effects pedals
Attention all DIY Pedal Makers! Did you know that GAPco offer great savings when you buy your guitar enclosures in bulk? It’s true – We already offer a great selection of hard wearing die-cast aluminium pedal boxes at affordable prices, but why buy one enclosure when you can get a deal on buying just five.
That’s right, discounts on all our pedal enclosures across the board start when you buy just five of that particular enclosure in one order. Buy at least 50 at one time and the savings increase as the cost of each pedal box decreases even further.
Take, for instance, our Type B guitar enclosure, measuring 118x60x40mm and supplied unpainted with lid mounting screws.
Our price: £4.25 each
Buy 5 or more and each enclosure gets reduced to just £4.00
Buy 50 or more and the price drops to just £3.76 per enclosure.
Don’t delay, look at our full range of guitar enclosures here
Jack sockets are plentifully supplied at GAPco spares. We stock nylonbodied with fibre spacing washers and self-cleaning contacts in tin plated nickel-silver.
Jul 8, 2011 DIY effects pedals
A DIY stomp box always looks better with knobs that are “á la mode” … GAPco have a full range of popular knob styles.
One point worth considering … the retro-styled “Chicken Head” knobs are much easier to feel your way around in the gloom that surrounds your feet in many clubs … this, of course, is not an issue if you are Mr Clapton.
Socket to me !!
Low Voltage (DC) power jacks are pretty much essential with anything using DSP or tubes, rather than the continual hassle of changing one-shot or rechargeable batteries.
If you are likely to be using a mixture of pedals on a single power supply, then use the plastic types, otherwise you will have issues with hum loops, and may have issues with polarities.
Power to the People !!
Due to WEEE, ROHS and H&SE regulations, GAPco do not presently supply plug-top power supplies, but, this situation WILL change in the near future.
When choosing a wall-wart (plug-top) type of power supply, be sure to add up all the power requirements of your pedals, and make sure that you have a power unit rated IN EXCESS of your total requirement.
For example, if you add your milliamps up to 400, get at least a 500mA supply, and, ensure that it is a REGULATED DC output (unless you know FOR SURE that your pedal requires AC)
Multi-voltage power supplies are not recommended, as it is so very easy to over-volt (possibly causing damage) or under-volt (causing malfunction) – likewise, avoid switchable polarity types.
If you MUST use switchable power units, because nothing else is available, it is recommended that you set them correctly, then drop some silicone rubber sealant over the switches to prevent accidental movement.
GAPco would recommend using a multi-output power supply, each output being “Galvanically Isolated), or, a separate plug-top power unit for EACH pedal.
Daisy-chaining pedals with both signal AND power can cause hum loops and interference pickup (beer-pumps etc !!)
If you want to build your own pedals, but need a “leg-up” to start with, take a look at GAPco’s range of pedal kits … build them just as they are, or use them as a foundation for your own “custom sound”
Jul 7, 2011 DIY effects pedals
Making your own effects pedal is a lot easier now that GAPCo offer you a one-stop-shop for the hard-wearing components you need.
Always use good quality boxes, and don’t make them too small … you’ll regret it when they fly about !!
Push-button footswitches must be specifically designed to withstand the rigours of a size twelve boot landing on them with great force … ours fit the bill.
It is always preferable to use at least three-pole switches for latching (push-on, push-off) applications, so that you can have a confidence LED as well as true-bypass operation.
Always use STATUS LEDs for any latching function so that you know from a distance, SILENTLY, how things are set up.
Regarding jack sockets: many folk prefer the open-frame style as being more rugged, which they are, but, they are not recommended where supply polarities may be mixed … the sleeve of the jack-plug will generally connect to the case, whereas, with plastic jacks, this is not a problem. GAPco sell both types.
Batteries should be “hard-clipped” into the system, using moulded assemblies. Battery holders can be unreliable in boxes that get kicked around on stage, or thrown into the kit-bag after a gig.
Unless you are Rudolph Nureyev, position your footswitches at least 5cm in from any edge, otherwise you’ll find the box summersaults … professional switches take some stomping !!
If you are right handed, locate instrument input jack on the right-hand side (looking from the top), and vice versa if left-handed. Otherwise your cable will drape across your feet !!