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I actually bought this kit some months ago, but I've only just got round to putting it together. I've built a few byoc and FuzzDog kits, and I've re-wired guitars in the past, but this was my first attempt at building a pedal using point-to-point construction, and I think it was a great place to start. It's a pretty simple circuit (3 resistors, 2 caps, a couple of diodes and a tranny) but the components are high quality and the results are very professional. The instructions were very clear and well thought-out, and they came printed out with the kit, which was nice; generally you have to download a pdf file. The diagrams in particular were very helpful - they were printed in black and white, but I'm not sure colour would have added much(?) A few minor points (...that may or may not be useful for others...): 1. I found it easier to attach as many components as possible to the terminal strip *before* installing it into the enclosure 2. The instructions say "Be careful not to overheat solid state devices (diodes and transistor) when soldering"; I recommend using a croc clip as a heat sink to avoid frying them 3. Using medium grade sandpaper to rough up the lugs on the jack sockets seems to help them "take" solder better, but YMMV and all that... All in all, I highly recommended this kit; I'm thinking about doing the reverb next!

tomtomtomtomtom - January 1st, 2017