DIY Guitar Pedal Standards

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DIY Guitar Pedal Standards, it almost sounds contradictory.  One of the most freeing things about making your own pedal is that you make it for yourself.  You can do what you want, either mimicking factory manufactured products (or boutique updates of such) or build something truly unique that meets your needs.

However, due to the nature that the circuit must interact with a guitar, other pedals, and amplifiers, you should aim to at least meet these standards.

For example, your circuit should have 1/4″ jacks to accommodate common guitar cables.

Your power supply should include a 9V battery and a powering scheme that allows for using AC Adapters.  Using AC Adapters, you should be aware of center negative/center positive polarity.

What’s the switching/bypass scheme?  True bypass is great, but electronic switching with MOSFETs or dedicated switching ICs can be elegant, reliable, and non-tone-sucking.  The point is to have an effect on/off mechanism for user control.

How will the circuit be controlled?  Footpedals can be difficult to find and tweak, potentiometers mounted on the box require hands-on manipulation, a control voltage/MIDI input can introduce added complexity along with increased user control and automation.

What enclosure are you going to use?  Plastic, aluminum?  Is it going to be painted?  Does it need to be roadworthy?  etc.