Guitar Stuff [][][]


This page is dedicated to my love of all things electric guitar. I have played on and off since I was about 12 and have never been particularly good. I do However like faffing with things, taking shit to pieces and chopping bits off stuff ... and guitars fucking are great for that.


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Electric Guitar [projects]

 These are the projects I am currently working on. On the go at the moment I have a [Travel guitar project] which will hopefully be a sort of "open Source" travel guitar design that will be full scale but small size and can be built from cheap and readily available Telecaster parts. A [Kes themed guitar] I am building and painting for the nephew of a friend of my mums And last but not least a [Stratelecaster] hybrid I am quite excited about, made from a Squier strat and an alder Telecaster body I stumbled upon with full strat control, bridge and neck routing. I also have another couple of Telecaster bodies kicking about one of which is probably destined to be Travel guitar Prototype No.2 and the other one is for an a electric sized acoustic guitar Idea I want to try. 

Guitar Building Resources 




Electric Guitars [][][]













Guitar amp [projects]

I have a bit of an obsession with mini amps and headphone amps. Don't get me wrong, I love the sound a proper size guitar speaker pushing loads of air around the room as much as the next man but it just isn't always practical. You can't play a JCM 800 'Super Lead' along to a laptop.

This is the Smokey amp designed by Bruce zinky. Its a tiny 1 watt guitar amp , housed in a cigarette packet with a little built-in speaker.It uses only a JRC 386 power amp chip, a couple of caps and a 9 volt battery to put out enough power to drive a 4x12 cabinet should you want it to, and it will sound surprisingly good while it's doing it.

My brother in law bought me one of these for Christmas one year and it got me thinking, how hard can it be to build your own little guitar amps? Turns out really not that hard when the good people of the internet have done all the hard work for you and give it to you for free......

Reading about and building the Smokey circuit inevitably led me on to the Ruby and Noisy cricket amps and I was really blown away by how good a simple little DIY amp could sound, and how easy they were to build and tweak thanks to all the free info on the web. I had loads of fun building these circuits and playing around with the physical design of the amps and wanted to see if I could come up with my own circuit. Something I could use in some Mini amp and Travel guitar designs I had been thinking about. Read more here mylk[386]blog.


Electronics Resources





  "How to build a guitar amp"




Guitar amps [][][]


















Effects Schematics [][][] 

I haven't built many pedals because I don't really use em that much. I own all the usual suspects but other than my reverb pedal and occasionally the looper, they don't often come out of the cupboard. Plugging a string of pedal together just to jam along to the telly seems like way too much faffing for my liking. Am far more interested in the amp side of things but ultimately a pedal is just an amplifier pre-amp with a foot switch so I'm still really interested in  t










Guitar Effects [][][] 









No...not one of these. One of these. A  breadboard in is a electronics prototyping board used to test and design circuits without having to solder components in place

  Breadboards are great, but their adaptability is also  what can make them so frustrating to work with . They are basically a blank slate for testing any kind of circuit whether that be a single LED and resistor or a complicated logic network. If you are using a breadboard for a specific kind of electronics testing, in this case guitar amps and effects, there are certain requirements that are going to be constant. It makes sense, to me at least, to spend a little bit of time making a custom breadboard with the ancillary components built in and fixed in place.

Pretty much any guitar effect or amp circuit you care to build is at the very least going to require the following components and possibly a few others besides 

  • A guitar Input 
  • A low Voltage DC Power supply ( i.e 9v Battery or DC adaptor)  
  • An on/ff or complete bypass switch 
  • an output  - to either an amp or speaker (or even another breadboard)  

There is nothing that pisses me of more than wires trailing everywhere and falling out all the time, by integrating these features into the breadboard you can eliminate a lot of the mess and make a much more useful, less cluttered and more portable unit. See my bread board [projects]- HERE 
























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