Author Topic: Noob Attempts Pedal Build...Coloursound One Knob Fuzz Reissue...Now With Pics!  (Read 2250 times)

burnt fingers

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Do you mean the actual copper 'rails' or the lines in-between?
I clean the in-between stuff as I go, BUT will definitely do so at the 'end' just to make sure.
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Yes I mean all gaps between copper traces. But at the end, I allways clean pcb with technical alcohol and laque all with laque from rosin in aceton or alcohol. It will protect all from corosion, wetness and undesired shortages in any danger.
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Brilliant.
I will look into that...Is isopropyl good to use as a cleaner or is that what you meant by 'technical cleaner?'
Thanks again.
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« Last Edit: September 28, 2021, 01:31:11 PM by burnt fingers »

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Don't know isopropyl, this drink is not popular here. Use technical alcohol or aceton (nitrocel.). Alcohol is "softer", aceton is harder, look out not to etch plastic parts.
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Brilliant.
I will look into that...Is isopropyl good to use as a cleaner or is that what you meant by 'technical cleaner?'
Thanks again.
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Yep, that will work just fine.


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Ta!
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Question re the actual wire for the board etc.
I have always liked pedals and amps where the wire is quite stiff vs the general 'floppy' stuff I see many using.
Can someone 'educate' me re a good 'thickness' of wire so I can actually achieve this?
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Anyone?
I like the way older amps are laid out, the wires seem to be thicker, hold their shape better once 'bent' etc if that makes any sense?
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As in the photograph...which makes me wonder if this is a solid core wire vs the multiple 'twist' ones I seem to have?
No idea...Help please.
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« Last Edit: September 29, 2021, 05:28:08 AM by burnt fingers »

burnt fingers

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Might have answered my own question...

Looks like 0.24mm is the way to go, maybe even 0.26mm. Can anyone shed some light before I go ahead and order?
Thanks....UK Based remember  :)


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Insignificant detail. For that current that will flow here is not 0,02 mm diference important. Only when high current is here, you must find wire that will withstand it. Here is some mathematic rule about it, but I can't recall it. Try to look at web.
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Insignificant to you maybe, BUT, something I am asking about so... :)

It's an aesthetic thing to me and I have already looked on the web BUT, I will just make my own merry way then re the wire  ;D
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Insignificant to you maybe, BUT, something I am asking about so... :)

It's an aesthetic thing to me and I have already looked on the web BUT, I will just make my own merry way then re the wire  ;D

  To answer you directly, the smaller the number the thicker the gauge, if I remember correctly. A thicker gauge will hold its shape better, but it will be more difficult to make 90 degree bends. in my opinion. Solid core wire will too, but it is more likely to break if you have to do a lot of troubleshooting, which adds to the frustration. I do like the neatness of it though. I get my wire from guitarpcb.com  most of the time. It's thin and very shapeable. It's a bonded core wire, so it doesn't break nearly as often.

  In the game of DIY, it's all about what you like, I, along with the other mods, am happy to answer any question you may have. We all started out new like yourself. I, eventually realized I was overthinking it a lot. Hope this helps, good luck with your build.
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Here is some table, maybe will help.
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Pre-bonded wire holds it shape okay, but if you want to get the look you posted in that pic you should use solid core wire in stead of stranded. It is readily available, but in my experience it breaks more and is not as reliable. If you are using board mounted pots and working it is probably okay because things won't move around when you transport the pedal.

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Appreciate the answers...I do realise what I am looking at is perhaps 'overkill' for this stage but, I have a certain look in mind and want to achieve that sooner than later.
I had read that the solid wire was prone to cracking/breaking more often...
I will order some of the other type at 0.24mm and 0.26mm and see if I am being dumb re the wiring :)
I've used what I have to hand right now and being the impatient soul I am, I didn't wait for the 2 missing film caps to arrive  :P
I am EXTREMELY grateful to anyone who is kind enough to take the time to answer my 'idiotic' questions, truly!