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My Open-Hardware BIY Guitar Pedal PCBs have arrived - Lookin

Postby makerie » 19 Jan 2016, 16:38

Hi Folks,

I'm excited to announce that my open-hardware BIY (Boutique it Yourself) Guitar Pedal PCB's have finally arrived! http://imgur.com/qqwo7bA. (Full disclosure: I run a company called http://www.maker.ie and I'm trying to make a living from facilitating musicians getting involved with DIY audio electronics).

These PCBs and kits are designed to allow anyone to easily create professional quality, reliable versions of their favourite (or personally designed) guitar pedals at home. Find out all about the BIY idea here http://www.maker.ie/guitar-pedal.html.

These were my design objectives when creating them:

*Increase long-term build reliability
*Minimise opportunities for build error
*Reduce build time
*Maximise flexibility/mod-ability
*Minimise Cost
*Stimulate community-led design innovation

We are looking for 4 people to test one of our new kits (available shortly). We will send on a kit and ask for feedback on the build process. Once we have the feedback we will send off a special edition acid etched, pre-drilled aluminium enclosure to house the built pedals.

We are looking for 2 beginners and 2 experts.

Beginners can apply by making the best guitar/guitarist/music/DIY related joke/pun.

Experts can either ask to be considered or be nominated by the community. We will pick these based on demonstrated experience and contribution to the community.

Thanks, TC
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Postby deltafred » 19 Jan 2016, 17:38

I'd be more than happy to test out a kit for you.

While I haven't built many kits (1 to be precise in about 1966 and it was rubbish so I built my own pedals from scratch since then) I do have a lot of experience from my day job in the R&D, production, commissioning and repair of a wide range electronic systems (now retired so I have plenty of time and have taken up building pedals again after a 30+ year lay off).
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Re: My Open-Hardware BIY Guitar Pedal PCBs have arrived - Lo

Postby grrrunge » 19 Jan 2016, 18:41

I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavours :)
Now: Let's see what you've built on those...
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Re: My Open-Hardware BIY Guitar Pedal PCBs have arrived - Lo

Postby allesz » 20 Jan 2016, 11:04

Hey, nice idea!
Is the board a sort of vero? I am a perfboard guy, I find easyer to go from schematic to layout, but admit that vero can simplify the build.

Only... you should offer also a predrilled enclosure with the kit: it would be a lazy diy guy dream :mrgreen:
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Re: My Open-Hardware BIY Guitar Pedal PCBs have arrived - Lo

Postby makerie » 20 Jan 2016, 20:27

allesz wrote:Hey, nice idea!
Is the board a sort of vero? I am a perfboard guy, I find easyer to go from schematic to layout, but admit that vero can simplify the build.

Only... you should offer also a predrilled enclosure with the kit: it would be a lazy diy guy dream :mrgreen:


Pre-drilled enclosure is happening. I should add that to the site. Thanks for the reminder! I'll also release a perf version once I get through this phase of the project. Thanks for the feedback!

grrrunge wrote:I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavours :)
Now: Let's see what you've built on those...


Thanks, I'll be posting our first few layouts very soon but if you have any suggestions of what you would like to see please let me know.

deltafred wrote:I'd be more than happy to test out a kit for you.

While I haven't built many kits (1 to be precise in about 1966 and it was rubbish so I built my own pedals from scratch since then) I do have a lot of experience from my day job in the R&D, production, commissioning and repair of a wide range electronic systems (now retired so I have plenty of time and have taken up building pedals again after a 30+ year lay off).


Thanks for throwing you hat in the ring deltafred. We'll be announcing all our test-pilots very soon!
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Re: My Open-Hardware BIY Guitar Pedal PCBs have arrived - Lo

Postby grrrunge » 21 Jan 2016, 09:14

makerie wrote:
grrrunge wrote:I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavours :)
Now: Let's see what you've built on those...

Thanks, I'll be posting our first few layouts very soon but if you have any suggestions of what you would like to see please let me know.

Nah. Don't worry 'bout me. I'm probably not in the target group anyway ;) I was just curious to see how your builds look...
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Re: My Open-Hardware BIY Guitar Pedal PCBs have arrived - Lo

Postby drbob1 » 01 Feb 2016, 17:32

Looks like a cool and flexible idea. I wonder if some small manufacturers might start using these for their projects and how you'd feel about that?
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Postby 287m » 02 Feb 2016, 00:24

allesz wrote:Hey, nice idea!
Is the board a sort of vero? I am a perfboard guy, I find easyer to go from schematic to layout, but admit that vero can simplify the build.

Only... you should offer also a predrilled enclosure with the kit: it would be a lazy diy guy dream :mrgreen:


+1 for lazy diy guy dream :mrgreen:
hahaha

i still build small circuit with perf
yes, the fastest way. ugly but functional
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Re: My Open-Hardware BIY Guitar Pedal PCBs have arrived - Lo

Postby makerie » 03 Feb 2016, 17:51

drbob1 wrote:Looks like a cool and flexible idea. I wonder if some small manufacturers might start using these for their projects and how you'd feel about that?


I'd be delighted! Where you thinking of anyone in particular?

287m wrote:
allesz wrote:Hey, nice idea!
Is the board a sort of vero? I am a perfboard guy, I find easyer to go from schematic to layout, but admit that vero can simplify the build.

Only... you should offer also a predrilled enclosure with the kit: it would be a lazy diy guy dream :mrgreen:


+1 for lazy diy guy dream :mrgreen:
hahaha

i still build small circuit with perf
yes, the fastest way. ugly but functional

It's happening!
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