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The Piledriver, Power Boost Effects Pedal Kit

The Piledriver, Power Boost Effects Pedal Kit
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Price: $24.95
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"The PileDriver" is a clean boost kit that will provide up to 38dB of gain to your guitar signal.
Use it to push your preamp into overdrive or as a line driver if you are
experiencing signal degradation from your effects chain. This is a simple kit
and great for beginners!

Product Specifications
All modelsWeight0.76 lbs.
All modelsPackaging Length8.5 in.
All modelsPackaging Width6.5 in.
All modelsPackaging Height1.5 in.
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built this in an afternoon. sounded great. so i added a muff pi tone style circuit with tone knob. a volume sag knob. a feedback loop switch for ultra sustain with a frequency knob for the circuit. since mine has a little dirty to it due to the muff circuit tone, the sustain/feedback circuit really brings this thing to life. exceelent sound and very quiet design. with no mods this pedal kit is worth at least twice what they are charging. also added a bypass switch to bypass my muff tone circuit. thhis pedal is a nice place to start pedal modding too.

Great little pedal, I totally enjoyed building it. Here's a quick blog post on it with a sound clip.


Fun kit, useful pedal. I found the instructions clear and easy to follow. The finished product works really well. I like that I can tweak the chickenhead knob with my foot for adjustments on the fly.
I use mine mostly to bump up my volume for solos, and so the only complaint I have about it is the lack of an led indicator to tell me whether it's on or off. I'd be willing to pay a little more for that addition.

This is the most awesome thing I have ever built. It sounds great and I have a new hobby. I have already ordered the thunderdrive deluxe and I can't wait for it to arrive. I recomend this pedal to anyone interested in building one.

This is the most awesome thing I have ever made. Man, just the feeling of a job well done once I plugged it in and it actually worked. I have found a new hobby. Directions were easy, I've never sodered anything before this. I can't wait for the next one to arrive.

This pedal was easy to build. The directions are clear and the sound is great. This was a fun project.

I use this to boost my 2204 JCM 800. It is wonderful. My only real complaint is the pot they give you is oh so scratchy and you can't really transfer into the last 10% smoothly possibly due to this same reason. That aside, you won't really be fiddling with it much once you get the sound you're looking for and it's not scratchy and loose to the point where it makes noise while you play, just regular scratchy. With all this taken into consideration it's one of the least expensive boost pedals there are and with some of the most boost you can get IF YOU BUILD IT RIGHT. Great pedal.

This has been one of the best 25 bucks i have ever spent. This was my first project like this and it went pretty smooth. The directions were really straight forward. This thing really kicked my Deluxe into high gear. I will definitely be trying out on of their other kits.

This was my first pedal kit, and it was very simple for an absolute beginner. After completing the assembly and the unit not working, modkitsdiy were very helpful in targeting the problem, and then providing me with a new MOSFET free of charge. I got the part in the mail, pulled the old one off, soldered the new one on, and it works perfectly. It's a very good sounding clean boost. Using it with a small tube amp from the '50s (only a volume control), this pedal added some serious grit. On my Marshall JCM900, it tips the gain over the edge to get some more metal sounding distortion. I highly recommend it for anyone, and especially for someone wanting to try their hand at making a pedal.

If you're a pedal lover like me, who's always wanted to try their hand at building one, but have zero experience, then this is the pedal for you. Get yourself a good soldering iron and a a few tools and go for it! It's easy (take your time), it's fun, and guess what, it sounds awesome! Just crank it up and wail! It really kicks a good tube amp into submission!

if you get your tools together,and solder and desolder, some old parts lying around, it goes smoothly,and read the directions ,a couple of times,too i don,t think it took two hours,total,worked first shot,and sounds amasingly good for 25 bucks...

This is a good clean boost and was easy to assemble. Fun little project and I recommend it. A couple cons I ran into that may just my kit: My pot is incredibly scratchy to the point where I don't even want to touch it. Will probably swap it out soon. Also, while pressing the switch down, my signal is momentarily killed when the switch is down all the way. It's only for a split second. Minor, I know, but there it is. Again, I recommend this kit but you may want to have a little extra cash handy if any parts aren't up to spec.

I think this is going to be a great unit, but I think I fried the transistor during the soldering. The signal crackles and does not pick up the low levels. Customer support was great - two email exchanges in one day! They are arranging for a new transistor to be sent to me and I hope that will resolve the problem. Building it was easy (just don't put too much heat to the transistor leads).

This pedal is similar to the Halifax Bass Boost (circa 1969). The only performance criticism is that the potentiometer jumps up considerably when you get near the full on position. Other than that, it's a blast to use. I will likely buy another one and upgrade some of the components.

Great tone! An easy build with good instructions (you still need to know how to use a soldering iron though!) All parts were quality EXCEPT the output jack which was a cheap, cheesy Chinese jack, input jack was a Switchcraft (the best), luckily I had an extra Switchcraft jack laying around for the output jack. Shame on whoever included that cheesy output jack, an extra .10c gets you a Swithcraft. I still give it a 5-Excellent for the tone, makes everythings sound sweeter, adds chime and charm to chords and notes, and if you ever need to WHALLUP an amp input this can can really do it with 38db on tap.

This kit was so easy to build and now it's my go to cut-through-the-bologna pedal. I use it at large jam session house parties. If there's some drunko playin' too loud, I stomp on this to cut through that bologna!