Posted on August 27th, 2014

When I’m building pedals, I often start by trying circuits out on a breadboard. One thing I have always struggled with is off-board components. One option is to add plug potentiometers directly into the breadboard but I often find the components don’t stay in the breadboard. The second option is to wire the off-board components up but I find this a bit messy.

A few years ago I saw the ZVex Inventobox. The idea was to create a pedal that would allow people to experiment. So inspired by this pedal I decided to come up with my own design.

The DistoFX prototype pedal

The enclosure is built using two Hammond 1590B enclosures. All the potentiometers, switches and jacks are located in the bottom half of the enclosure with a breadboard located in the upper half of the enclosure. The bottom half of the enclosure can be access through holes in between the two halves. The footswitch is a DPDT switch with a GeoFex millennium bypass. (more…)