The Repair Bench: Roland Micro Cube

The Repair Bench: Roland Micro Cube

| March 16, 2011 | 97 Comments

Learning how to troubleshoot electronic circuits is one of the handiest skills anyone can have if they are building or modifying amplifiers or effect pedals. At some point you’ll power-up a circuit and find that it doesn’t work, and then what? For this reason we write “The Repair Bench” section of Guitar Kit Builder about […]

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How to Replace Tuning Machines on Les Paul Guitar

How to Replace Tuning Machines on Les Paul Guitar

| February 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

This short video gives a good overview of the steps needed to replace the tuning machines on an electric guitar. The example guitar is an Epiphone Les Paul, however the approach shown should apply well to most similar instruments. The steps covered include removing the old tuners, drilling holes for the tuning machine shaft and […]

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Making a Printed Circuit Board with Positive Coating Photo Process

Making a Printed Circuit Board with Positive Coating Photo Process

| January 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

Well made video showing the process for how to etch a printed circuit board using positive-coated sensitized copper-clad boards with a photo-fabrication process. The light used is a standard 100-watt light bulb.

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FindChips.com Making it Easier to Find Electronic Parts

FindChips.com Making it Easier to Find Electronic Parts

| January 3, 2011 | 1 Comment

If you’ve ever spent a lot of time searching for electronic parts on websites such as Mouser, Digi-Key and other retailers, checking on who’s got what in stock and who’s got the best price, you’ve probably thought that there must be a better way to do this. If so, give FindChips.com a try. We think […]

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How to Wire a Guitar Pedal Footswitch

How to Wire a Guitar Pedal Footswitch

| December 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Nice video demonstration of how to wire a 3PDT switch as commonly used in a guitar effects pedal.

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Kit Building 101: How Potentiometers Work

Kit Building 101: How Potentiometers Work

| November 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

This is a very well done video that shows how potentiometers (variable resistors) are constructed, how manufacturers differ, how to measure, and differences in linear and audio tapers.

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Kit Building 101: Resistor Color Codes

Kit Building 101: Resistor Color Codes

| November 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Here’s a quick reference on how to read the value of a resistor using the resistor color code. Give this video a quick watch, and then use the exhibit beneath as a reference until you’ve committed the color code to memory.

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Grounding & Shielding to Reduce Guitar Noise Part 1

Grounding & Shielding to Reduce Guitar Noise Part 1

| November 15, 2010 | 2 Comments

Nice video explaining grounding and shielding related to guitar amplifiers.

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The Basic Steps of Guitar Inlays

The Basic Steps of Guitar Inlays

| November 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Nice video demonstrating the basics of how to do guitar inlays.

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P1 AX84.com Amplifier Distortion Viewed On An Oscilloscope

P1 AX84.com Amplifier Distortion Viewed On An Oscilloscope

| November 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Guitar amplifiers today are prized for the tonal characteristics of their distortion – the way they change the pure signal from the guitar pickup. The primary method of creating that distortion is to increase the levels of the signal to a point that exceeds the amplifier’s ability to reproduce cleanly. This results in a clipping […]

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