How does a distortion pedal circuit work?

Distortion can be achieved by turning up the volume on an amp to the point that causes the tubes to overdrive. Many amps utilise a preamp, which can be used to overdrive the input signal at a much lower volume. This is exactly what a distortion pedal accomplishes regardless of the amp it is fed into.

How do you wire a distortion pedal?

Plug your guitar into the ‘input’ jack of your pedal. Then plug the other cable into the output jack of the pedal. This cable then connects to the input on your guitar amp. Most amps have the guitar input on the front, while others have the input on the top or back.

What is a valve caster?

The Valve Caster 2.0: Tube Boost and Overdrive: This is a little tube boost pedal for your guitar amp. It is a two mode effect that adds some tube sound to your guitar. The first mode is a boost. It adds some overdrive and tube compression along with boosting the signal.

What are the components of a distortion pedal?

Distortion pedals are made using a minimum of the two most important things, namely the preamplifier section and the diode clipping circuit. The Audio preamplifier section adds up the gain to the input signal and the diode clipping section clips or chops out the positive and negative peak of the audio signal.

How do diodes create distortion?

A very common way to create distortion. Two diodes shunted to ground in opposite directions will cut away the peaks of the signal and thus, create distortion.

Can you make your own distortion pedal?

Do pedals need a power supply?

Most pedals require 9v DC power and have a very low current requirement but pedals to watch out for include powerful digital pedals like the Strymon or Eventide pedals.

How does a fuzz circuit work?

The fuzz face works by inputting signal through a DC blocking resistor driving a transistor one, transistor two is directly coupled with transistor one. This is called a “voltage biasing circuit”.

What does a capacitor do in a guitar pedal?

Capacitors, or “caps,” are simple electronic components that are typically used in guitar electronics as filters or barriers for certain frequencies. High frequencies will pass through a cap, while lower frequencies are blocked. The value of the capacitor will determine the frequencies that pass (refer to Diagram #7).

How do you make a good distortion?

Setting both to a mid level should give a good clean or crunchy sound, while running the first up high and the second low will give you the most distortion. Overdrive, Distortion, Gain and Drive Pedals can also give a similar sound.