In this first workshop, we’ll be looking at basic electronics principles, de-mystifying how the electric guitar works and we’ll build a Fuzz Face style distortion pedal.
You’ll be selecting and soldering the component parts to a pre-etched PCB (printed circuit board). After testing that your effects circuit works, you’ll fit it inside your own “stomp box” enclosure (for the more adventurous, you can even use our fully-fitted workshop to embed the electronics behind your scratchplate!)
Working from the classic Fuzz Face design, you’ll be able to blend different capacitor and resistors in your circuit, to create your own, unique, personal sound and tone. Help will be on hand to make and customise your own enclosure and we’ll be there to offer advice on electronic instruments in general.
To round off the day, everyone is invited to join in with a jamming session at the end, where you can try out your new effects pedals and show off your licks!
Attendees are invited to bring along their own guitars to try out the finished effects pedals, though we will ensure that there are spare instruments available for anyone who just wants to turn up and join in.
When & Where
Build Brighton Makerspace
Build Brighton is a communal workshop and collective of over 100 makers who love to build stuff.
We’re part of a global network of makerspaces – places where people do creative projects, such as electronics, 3D printing, crafts and woodworking. Our main purpose is to provide tools and a space in which our members can gather, collaborate and learn from each other. People beaver away on their own projects, or take part in exciting group projects in a playful and friendly environment.
We are a not-for-profit community run entirely by volunteers. Our members pay a monthly subscription that goes towards paying for the workshop space and equipment for the group.