A cheap DIY clean boost pedal

IMG_0328

I was looking for a quick and dirty clean boost pedal a few weeks ago when I found this kit from AmplifiedParts.com. The kit comes with everything you need to build the complete pedal for $24.95 plus shipping. I think the cheapest boost pedal I’ve seen is the $40 Electro-Harmonix LPB-1 (I have one, and this kit is better I think) so this makes for a real bargain.

Of course it’s DIY, so you need to be handy with a soldering iron and have some time to spare. It comes very well documented and took me about an hour to completely assemble and wire up. It’s not a very difficult project at all, perfect beginner project if you haven’t build pedals before.

I did take a slight detour from the printed instructions to add a BOSS style DC jack on the back so it wasn’t a battery only affair. You can get the jacks for less than a couple bucks and it only adds two small wires to the project.

If you are in the market for a boost pedal or just want to get started building your own pedals, I highly recommend this little kit. It’s called The Piledriver Power Power Boost Effects Pedal Kit and is available from AmplifiedParts.com. They shipped pretty fast too!

The sample below is just a quick thing I recorded so you could hear how well this little pedal drives a tube amp into clipping. I was playing an Ibanez Jem77BFP guitar through just this pedal into an Egnater Tweaker 15w half stack.

3 Comments

  1. Can you tell me anything more about installing the A C power jack to the Piledriver Boost pedal?

    Reply
    • Ask a question and I’ll answer.

      Reply
    • This simple mod is actually on the diy website, at http://www.modkitsdiy.com/sites/default/files/product_files/piledriver_layout_with_power_jack_and_led.pdf; and the addition of both an l.e.d. to tell you it’s on, and a dc power supply make this a really superb addition for those who just want to boost their signal– either in “clean boost,” to cut through the band during solos or if those pesky other guitarists start to turn up on you; alternatively, to push the amp from the very end of clean into a growly overdrive. Of course you can have the amp already overdriving and this will put it into full singing distortion-sustain.

      Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>