Sunday, 3 March 2013

MXR Distortion Plus build report

So at this point I'm just going to talk about the challenges I had and other this I leared along the way with this project. About half way through this project I had realized that this was a hell of a first project. I didn't know what I was thinking at the time. But I'm glad I did pick this layout because I learned a lot. So this was my first really project and it turned out great. IT WORKS!!!!! and it sound GREAT. The night I finished it up and tested it I was so happy and high on life.
Anyway, each step along this build, my knowledge of building pedal grew greater. Most of all, my soldering skills got a lot better in the way that I understand what work and what doesn't. When soldering, I learned how to apply the soldering iron in the right way to achieve greater results.
The biggest challenge that came with this project was definetly the amount of wire connecting components. How I overcame this is from planning the placements of the wire and using needle nose plier to bend them in the right way.
I'm really pleased with the outcome. Here are some beauty shots of the pedal
 The one on the left is my previous build, a fuzz

 It fits perfectly with my other pedals

It sounds as good as it looks

If I can give one piece of advise for beginner pedal builders, I would say double check everything before you solder. I know I said this a lot during this build, but I really do mean it. If you are 100% sure of what you are doing, it most likely will work.  Also another thing to point out, this is not a race, take your time and pursue through the tough parts.
I would suggest a little simpler layout and a big enclosure to take out all the troubles of compacting wires.
If you do decide to build this layout, I wish you the best of luck.
Happy soldering

1 comment:

  1. Great job Dimitri, I love reading things like this which shows the effort and hard work some people will put into their builds. Good luck with your future projects