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Open Discussion / Russian Hack Attempt on webstore
« on: March 14, 2022, 05:45:28 PM »
Hey guys,

Just a heads up for anyone here that has a website / sells gear and probably a good time to review your security.

A real life example of Russian hacking activity I noticed while it was in action on our site recently. 

It looks like a pretty basic hack attempt (DDOS or maybe port scan). We'd never have more then ~10 guests on the site at any one time, which is what alerted me to the massive number of guests. All guests had the same IP address, repeated over and over, and surprise surprise, the origin was Russia. They did no damage at all, in fact as the activity was underway i checked responsiveness on the webstore and found absolutely zero detectable difference, so seems to be a pretty futile attempt really...

But, they could try more advanced attacks so make sure you have the proper security in place. 

Also, if you can, consider blocking that IP address that attempted hacking my store...My web guy is a bit of a genius with this stuff and he blocked the following ip address range:

I've put in a block for the 65535 ips in the range: -

Anyway, hope it helps you all and prompts everyone to keep ontop of their security.
Cheers guys

(please share your own finds in this thread :D)

I know i might come across as a bit of a miser saying this but...i dont know...i see some things put out on the side of the road and think its just a huge waste.

I picked this up the other day.  I reckon it was used, maybe, a dozen times.  Gave it a bit of a clean and it came up great.  The tray is a bit dirty, but you know...its for powder coating...couldn't pass this up, i was considering buying a larger toaster oven just recently, but there is no way i would waste money on one, i see them thrown out on the side of the road ALL THE TIME.  Check out the size of this thing compared to my old toaster oven:

Open Discussion / NBD
« on: October 09, 2019, 09:17:00 PM »
Its new baby day!

Joseph was born yesterday 2:00pm.  Mum and bub are doing well.  He's a cute little bugger, im sure thats just not parental bias? :)

I have turned off the store for a couple of days, if you need anything you can send me a message through the store and i will attend when i'm back on deck.

Cheers guys,
Paul (diygp)

Open Discussion / Most Popular Pedal Effect To Be Cloned
« on: September 12, 2018, 11:27:28 PM »
Hey guys,

I'm piecing some info together for a pedal video i'm going to be recording soon "Top 10 most cloned pedal effects", something a bit different for the channel, and ive been thinking about this topic.  I was wondering what do you guys think is the pedal  most cloned from the choices above.  The ones you see talked about, build reports for, etc etc. The choices are my, well, top 9. 

I may change a couple of those done the track but i was curious to see what people thought.  And perhaps if there are any obvious, popular effects i missed?

So i should say, this relates to DIY builders, not commercially copied.  Also when i say "fuzz face" it incorporates all variants of the fuzz face (silicon germanium etc).

Let me know what you think.

Open Discussion / DIY Powder Coating
« on: July 08, 2018, 05:32:35 AM »
Been a while since we had a powder coating thread :D

I coated some enclosures this weekend and they turned out pretty good, for a garage job at least.  They have some minor imperfections.  A few i forgot to outgas.  Some dust mounds here and there.  But I've definitely improved since i started.  The color is bright white and the coating is thick and even.  The look good to me.

Its tempting just to buy pre-powder coated enclosures, "some retailers" have them already coated for only an extra $1.  But i must worst attempt at powder coating is still miles ahead.

So im just wondering what everyone's expectations are as far as bought powder coated enclosures and whether i'm just the eternal perfectionist.  To me, unless it looks like a commerical product (ie, impossible to do in a garage), i'm not 100% happy.

Also are you guys still PC'ing your own or do you buy them?  its a big mess and time consuming, so i certainly understand if you buy them!

Open Discussion / Home Vinyl Cutters for pedal graphics
« on: June 28, 2018, 05:44:42 PM »
Probably just another finishing option i wont pull the trigger on (their expensive) but i was wondering if you guys have used anything like this?  I know you can get vinyls made up online and are pretty cheap but i like the convenience idea and instant result of something you could use at home.  I saw somebody's pedal over at /r/diypedals and they said they used a Cricut.  The detail of the vinyl was very intricate.  They also cut foils which could be a nightmare to adhere to a pedal face but would look pretty cool if you could do it.

Has anybody used vinyls before (of any shape or kind)?  Are they durable?  Can you (should you) clear coat over the top?

Man if they were a bit cheaper id grab one just for a bit of fun...

Open Discussion / Build a Fuzz Pedal Course
« on: May 25, 2018, 11:58:25 PM »
Certainly a new experience for me!  Today i assisted Yarra Ranges Council and Box Hill Tafe (Tafe is like, Australian Trade College) with a youth community course "Build Your Own Fuzz Pedal".  Initially i agreed to supply the kits only but I decided later on that i would show up for a bit and help for an hour or so if people had questions etc.  I ended staying for most of the morning and helping out.   Honestly I was so busy i didnt even have time to take photos, i just remembered at the last 5 mins of the course!

We didn't have time to finish the pedals, only assemble and test the effect ("rock before you box people!!" :D), but we ended up with 16 (all of them) working 7 min fuzz pedals (bazz Fuss).

I learned a lot from this experience, about teaching others and my 7 min fuzz kits, certainly...but also, and probably more importantly, about what i'm capable of.  I would definitely do it again.

Build Reports / 40th Fuzz (DIYGP Facemaster)
« on: May 02, 2018, 07:13:16 AM »
Built this for a guitarist friend for his 40th.  Its one of my Facemaster (tone control, bias control, charge pump on board, etc) pcb's in 1590a.  Forgot how tight 1590a's really are.  I felt like a microsurgeon for a while there.  Transistors are Russian P30's but ive told him we can change them out to whatever transistors he would like to choose from my "library" :)

Open Discussion / Worlds smallest op amp
« on: March 14, 2018, 04:56:50 PM »
Posting this because I know little about it spec wise (check the specs vs LM741) and thought it would make for an interesting conversation. 

I'm obviously not going to be 'firing up the solder iron' for one of these any time soon, don't sneeze!

Open Discussion / if theres one thing i can ask of you all....
« on: February 01, 2018, 05:49:35 PM »
...Please keep this forum the way it is.  Respectful, helpful, kind.  It really is a special place, an anamoly.  Don't take this place for granted.  I'm not sure I know of any forum that has such a respectful and co-operative culture...

This comment comes from a recent experience.  It was a pretty horrible and juvenile atmosphere. After signing up to the forum and talking in a polite and genuine manner (like us beaners tend to do), I was verbally abused by 3 long standing forum members.  Just, bang, straight into it.  I was shocked and instantly started thinking up a retort, but then realized that that place wasn't for me.  I didn't even bite back, just responded respectfully again.  More insults.  "noob" was said numerous times as well as other words I wont repeat.  Then they started abusing each other....seriously...what the hell...I literally just introduced myself and asked 1 basic question about the forum.  I'm not used to forum life outside of the pedal world, I read but don't often participate much.  I think I will stick with this place as my forum home :)

Peace brothers.

Open Discussion / What Xmas is about (and maybe life in general)
« on: December 14, 2017, 09:06:48 PM »

Xmas is on the horizon and I thought as things start to go slightly mental, a bit of a pre-emptive counseling session might help :)
And really, as the title suggests, this is pretty much just advice for life in general as well in my opinion.

This comes up every year in my family, its an unfortunate situation.  As xmas approaches everyone in my family starts remembering what happened last year and the defences go up. The meaning of xmas, the magical childhood memories I have, it all gets swept away and replaced with, to be quite frank with you, resentment and dread.  We have had consecutive years of ďbad xmasísĒ.  There have been a few of recent times where I have said to my wife I want to find a way to get out of going.  For me, thatís just not rightÖxmas should be about family, giving and celebrating.

So tired of one horrible xmas after another, I just had to rethink things.

But after this string of negative xmasís, last year we had a good one, things changed.  I honestly believe my change of approach was what made the difference. 

Looking within I realised for me personally, xmas is about family, giving (without receiving) and the kids.  In the midst of all the noise, I had forgotten all 3 of these things. 

Last year I made a promise to myself.  I wouldnít let anyone or anything sway me from what I think is important.  And although I would like to blame other people for adopting these bad practices around xmas time everybody celebrates differently, and I have to accept that.  But lets also be honest here, some people are just impossible to get along with.  Again thatís just the way they are, I cant let that blind me from my own values.

So where am I going with this?  Well I guess what Iím trying to say to you is this; 
As we approach xmas and things start to get crazy, donít forget whatís important to you about this time of year.  Stick close to your values.  Give presents even though you will not receive.  Help clean up even though no one else will.  Put effort in even though others may not.  Celebrate xmas in whatever way you feel and let others do the same.

Donít let other peopleís actions sway you and your xmas will be a good one, because you are acting on your values and not reacting to your environment :)

I hope it helps you keep on track

Peace Brothers.  I wonít say merry xmas yet.  its a week away :D


Open Discussion / Raaco Cabinet, 44 compartment on special
« on: August 30, 2017, 11:22:50 PM »
Hi guys,

Saw this in the latest element14 catalogue, the raaco 44 compartment cabinet is on special again.  I have a couple of these at home (the ones you would see on my desk in my videos).  They are pretty good for a relatively cheap cabinet.  If you are in Europe you might be able to get them from Farnell (or contact them and ask them if they can match the price).  Don't forget element14 have free shipping for orders over $45.

The links on the element14 page seem a little broken so here is the listing for this product, you can see the 2nd cabinet in the list is the one on special:


Open Discussion / diyguitarpedals update (closing down)
« on: July 30, 2017, 05:43:06 PM »
Hi guys,

I just wanted to update everybody on the status of the DIYGP webstore. 

As you may have noticed you cant place orders through the store at the moment.  The webstore is currently closed.  exactly 1 week ago my boy (James) went to hospital for surgery on his feet.  This was meant to be a simple procedure.  Unfortunately things turned out significantly more complicated and his surgery went from 45mins to 4 hours.  He has been in excruciating pain since, its a roller coaster and even after a week we are still battling to keep him comfortable.   James and i have a very close bond and to see him like this is crushing me to say the least.

So needless to say, the store will be closed until further notice and it will probably stay closed until he is back on his feet again (no time frame for this but ~6 weeks from now).  Tending to James' recovering is my upmost importance.

When the store DOES reopen this point i think there is a good chance i will close it down for good.  I'm still not sure how this will happen (whether it just stays closed and doesn't reopen, closing down sale, leave the store open till stock is depleted etc) but this ordeal has made it certain that I'm ready to move on.  The store takes up every free moment i have, making it difficult to spend as much time with my children as i would like. I would also like to focus on my own fitness and health, these things are impossible with the store in place.  I have a tonne of stock so whatever method, you will probably see me flogging stuff off for some time yet.

More about that once we cross this first bridge (James). 

Wish us luck and thanks for all the well wishes we have received.

( | DIYGP)

Open Discussion / Light up 3pdt footswitches
« on: July 20, 2017, 05:17:16 PM »
Received this from Daier, I'm on their mailing list.  Good to see something new in the 3pdt market.  Time will tell as far as reliability goes.  The 3pdt aluminium colored nuts also look pretty cool, something different at least.  I wonder if this idea was pinched from somewhere else or if this is a Daier "innovation"  :o   

I'm sure you will see some the usual suspects carrying them soon enough.

Open Discussion / Pedal building with young children
« on: November 29, 2016, 05:53:31 PM »
Requires some imagination no doubt, lead, hot soldering irons etc.  When I say "young children" I'm talking under 5 here but of course any 'child friendly' suggests are welcome...

Anyway wondering if you guys have involved your kiddies in your hobby or had any ideas?  I have recently been painting the enclosures with my kids and even involving my 4 1/2 year old (you may remember James from some of my videos) with installing the hardware in the enclosures as well.   Here's a photo of 2 of the pedals we have painted together, the hand print is my daughters, she is 1, and the other with drawings is james (Posca pen).

(Photo was used as my new youtube banner)

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