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sammetal92
post Apr 1 2013, 04:16 PM
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Found this website called DIY Guitar Mods. As I was interested in preamps (because I just plug my guitar directly into my computer for recording purposes), I found this article:

http://www.diyguitarmods.com/guitar-preamp.php

The circuit looks pretty simple, the parts are available at every hardware store, except for maybe the transistor. That's a rare transistor I think.

But yeah, looks pretty straightforward, at least to me; I have a background with circuits and electronics.

What do you guys think? Has anyone here ever made their own preamp? If so, how does it sound?

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post Apr 1 2013, 04:27 PM
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Yeah man, go for it! Definitely cheaper (and much more educational) than buying one.

A lot of guys like these too ...
Foreplay III from Bottlehead www.bottlehead.com/et/adobesp.../foreplay3.htm
Magic 5 SE from Mapletree www.hollowstate.netfirms.com/magic5.htm
AE-3 from audioelectronicsupply www.audioelectronicsupply.com...d_num=AE-3_KIT



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post Apr 1 2013, 04:32 PM
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Apr 1 2013, 03:27 PM) *
Yeah man, go for it! Definitely cheaper (and much more educational) than buying one.

A lot of guys like these too ...
Foreplay III from Bottlehead www.bottlehead.com/et/adobesp.../foreplay3.htm
Magic 5 SE from Mapletree www.hollowstate.netfirms.com/magic5.htm
AE-3 from audioelectronicsupply www.audioelectronicsupply.com...d_num=AE-3_KIT


Yeah, I'll definitely try this on this weekend most probably smile.gif and thanks for the links, those are very interesting indeed! smile.gif


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post Apr 1 2013, 04:43 PM
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There's a TON of DIY stuff/info/forums out there. If you have even just the most basic knowledge of how to read a schematic and a little soldering experience you can do this stuff. I recently modded a cheap Chinese RAT knock-off pedal. Super easy - worked the first time (amazing ... to me, lol!).


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post Apr 1 2013, 04:51 PM
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Apr 1 2013, 03:43 PM) *
There's a TON of DIY stuff/info/forums out there. If you have even just the most basic knowledge of how to read a schematic and a little soldering experience you can do this stuff. I recently modded a cheap Chinese RAT knock-off pedal. Super easy - worked the first time (amazing ... to me, lol!).


We did loads of schematic reading and circuit making in a recent course at my uni laugh.gif so yeah, I have a bit of experience tongue.gif


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post Apr 2 2013, 09:08 AM
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Hey mate smile.gif I don't have any experience with this sort of stuff, but it looks like it's worth to try! smile.gif


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post Apr 2 2013, 10:54 AM
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Mine would most likely burn my house down.
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post Apr 2 2013, 01:46 PM
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If you have a bit of background then sure, go for it!

Just get onto youtube and look for demos of these things before you build one.
There's any number of variations on the theme and some will sound better than others.

I don't have much background in this kind of thing but I built a little 9v transistor amp (partly by kit) and a treble booster from scratch.
All in I spent about £30 and it's getting a good bit of use lately. smile.gif

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post Apr 2 2013, 01:51 PM
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The sama as Cosmin here. Nowadays I have been very close to a electric engineer that has been helping me repairing some of my pedals and he is like a genius for me. I'm helping him with marketing to work repairing and designing pedals, amps and many other amazing things. I don't know anything about electricity but I'm starting to learn. smile.gif


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post Apr 2 2013, 04:53 PM
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Now I'm definitely gonna try it soon biggrin.gif Gonna post some takes as soon as I'm done smile.gif


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Apr 2 2013, 12:51 PM) *
The sama as Cosmin here. Nowadays I have been very close to a electric engineer that has been helping me repairing some of my pedals and he is like a genius for me. I'm helping him with marketing to work repairing and designing pedals, amps and many other amazing things. I don't know anything about electricity but I'm starting to learn. smile.gif


I'm with you on this one man - I like to work with people who really know what they are doing, when it comes down to something I have no experience with and as yourself, I will provide my knowledge in a field as an exchange to their services. One hand washes another, as they say?


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post Apr 12 2013, 09:06 PM
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You know how to build preamps? Thats pretty darn cool! Are you taking any orders? Can you record some that you've built?

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QUOTE (sammetal92 @ Apr 1 2013, 11:16 AM) *
Found this website called DIY Guitar Mods. As I was interested in preamps (because I just plug my guitar directly into my computer for recording purposes), I found this article:

http://www.diyguitarmods.com/guitar-preamp.php

The circuit looks pretty simple, the parts are available at every hardware store, except for maybe the transistor. That's a rare transistor I think.

But yeah, looks pretty straightforward, at least to me; I have a background with circuits and electronics.

What do you guys think? Has anyone here ever made their own preamp? If so, how does it sound?



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post Jun 23 2013, 12:33 PM
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Sorry I totally forgot about this, as I was sooo busy with my college, but now since the semester ended and I'm on vacation, I'm definitely gonna try this out smile.gif

QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Apr 12 2013, 08:06 PM) *
You know how to build preamps? Thats pretty darn cool! Are you taking any orders? Can you record some that you've built?

Todd


laugh.gif no I've never built preamps but I have what it takes to make some smile.gif I'll make this one and tell you how it turns out smile.gif


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