DIY Eternity Burst and Crimson Drive: Awesome Pedals!

DIY Eternity Burst and Crimson Drive: Awesome Pedals!

od=pedals-3I wanted to learn to build my own guitar pedals to save money, so I jumped in with both feet. I know how to solder, and electronics is something I am familiar with to a degree, but I’m talking minor repair stuff, not constructing circuits like these. I now understand what motivates most of the guys in the DIY world: It’s not so much about saving money, it’s more about the feeling of major accomplishment when you finish a build and plug it in and the damn thing actually works! It’s an incredible thing to put a bunch of components together and have a working fx pedal come out the other end. I just finished two more pedals that came out awesome. The first is based on a LovePedal Eternity Burst overdrive and the other is my new favorite and it’s based on an Earthquaker Devices Crimson Drive. It’s my first germanium based pedal and it’s freakin cool. I dig it. You may notice they both share the same paint design. I painted the Eternity first and I liked it so much I used the same scheme and colors on the Crimson Drive. (I borrowed the idea from the 6 Degrees FX Sally Drive). I’m looking at some other directions to take that part of the whole process, like powder coating, acid etching, and dipping. I have another idea for a carbon fiber enclosure that I’m looking into now. Hopefully that one will pan out.

od-pedals=4In my previous posts I laid out a method for beginners to get some experience building these things by eliminating what is to me the most frustrating part of the whole process, which is soldering all the little parts to the board without shorting anything out. They’re really close together and it just takes practice and patience to master. In fact the board from the Eternity is the one in the previous post and it’s my last build using the expanded vero board method. The Crimson Drive isn’t my first build using the standard compact layout, but it’s my first successful one. Even though it didn’t work on the first test run it still felt pretty damn good that I only had to debug it once. (had the input and output wires reversed on the switch). I’ve also learned to order parts in quantity so that I don’t have to order more for every build. There’s a ton of shit that I still have to learn about these circuits, and I REALLY need to work on wiring everything together in the enclosure, so I’ll keep plugging away at it. But as of now I’ve learned enough to have fun with it. And I get some awesome pedals in the process!

The Eternity has an issue but I’m sure I’ll figure it out soon. It works and sounds really good until you turn the gain past 2 o-clock. That’s where a high pitched squeal starts. Very weird. But that’s part of the fun with these things. Debugging is just part of the process. You can find a ton of layouts over at Guitar FX Layouts, here’s a link  Next post I’ll cover soldering equipment.

Rock On!


Dean Leslie West Peace Sign Signature Soltero, Dean Leslie West Flame Maple Tobacco Burst Signature Soltero, Gibson Les Paul Studio, Hamer Studio,, Epiphone Les Paul (Korean), Ovation Celebrity, Laney Cub 12R, Blackstar, HT-1R, Jet City JCA20H, Jet City JCA22H, Orange OR15, and a lot of dirt pedals, some store bought some DIY.

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Give Your DIY Stompboxes a Stunning Anodized FinishPosted on  11:20 am - Nov 23, 2015

[…] Since I got into the whole DIY stompbox thing I find myself looking for those things that will make a build unique. I’m sure you all do it too. So the other day I was driving past an Autozone and decided to pop in and take a look at the available paint colors. Brother did I hit the DIY jackpot! “Dupli-Color / Metalcast Anodized Coating“. It comes in blue, and red and possibly green and it’s freakin’ awesome! I went with red since my Crimson Drive clone […]

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