Making Of

Building a Dirty Boy Pedal...

Alex's Workshop
Pedal boxes are being drilled one at a time rather than just having them pre-ordered with wholes already in them, in order to allow changes in the design as the line progresses and new ideas come about.
Pedal boxes are being sprayed with self etching primer.
This allows a smoother application of lacquer paint reminiscent of earlier vintage pedals.
Those are a few of the parts required for the function of the pedal.
Note: Transistors are not shown, since the selection process comes after the assembly.
Switches and rivet board are being assembled.
A small schematic drawing is used as a reference point for the layout.
I am now ready to start putting the magic in the box.
These are some of the germanium transistors that are rejected during the tuning process of making the pedals.
Those come mostly from old keyboards and radios from the 60's
I'll let you do the write up on the article, you just need to accentuate how much precision and care goes into the tuning of the pedals and that is why no one has been able to duplicate them
Germanium Transistors
Knobs are selected and installed.
Several coats of paint and sealer are applied.
Knobs & More Paint
Actual hand cut designs are applied then sprayed with several coats of clear.
What you did not see is all the parts assembled and tested.
Soldering is a lengthy process and so is the rejection process of the transistors and the verification of values of each and every part.
Feel free to open your pedal and see just how much wiring is involved.
Final touches
This is the inside of a "Showtime" pedal (different from the "Stone Boy" used for the rest of the pictures).
This should give you an idea of just how much work goes into these pedals.
The "Guts"