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Mod Kits DIY The Piledriver Power Boost Effects Pedal Kit   

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The PileDriver is a clean boost effects pedal kit that will provide up to 38dB of gain to your guitar signal. Use it to push your preamp into overdri...Read More

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Everything you need to build your own clean boost!

The PileDriver is a clean boost effects pedal 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!

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  • Provides up to 3dB of clean boost
  • Great for overdriving preamp or as a line driver

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Mod Kits DIYThe Piledriver Power Boost Effects Pedal Kit
 
4.0

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2.0

Fun project, lame pedal

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from Okaloosa County, FL

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    Cons

    • Not Responsive
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Mod Kits DIY The Piledriver Power Boost Effects Pedal Kit:

      While I had fun listening to music out in the garage putting this together, I wouldn't use it to make music. There was a barely audible boost in volume when in use and it only occurred in the last 1/4 turn of the knob. Additionally, the foot switch made a loud pop through the cabs when engaged and disengaged. On the plus side, I have a nice pedal enclosure for future projects or to re-house some old plastic pedals.

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      5.0

      PileDriver ... not just for guitar

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      from Podunk, Idaho

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      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Versatile

      Cons

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        Comments about Mod Kits DIY The Piledriver Power Boost Effects Pedal Kit:

        My comment is about the PileDriver circuit as I did mine as a DIY project.

        I used mine with my custom passive J-bass at a jam session, the bass rig is set up for a P-bass with Quarter Pounders (hot pickups compared to my J-bass pickups) ... I adjusted the PileDriver to get my bass signal up the the level the amp was set up for then I could plug in and play and not even touch the amp.

        A friend has a USA Strat with Vintage noiseless (toneless) pickups, using the PileDriver he could switch from his hot P-90 Casino (straight in) to the Strat with the PileDriver without completely changing the entire amp's settings ... we brought the treble down a number or two ... that was the only amp adjustment.

        Recently I gave my DIY PileDriver to a friend who plays violin/fiddle, he has a Barcus-Berry bridge and with the PileDriver can plug straight into a mixer at a jam session and have decent tone because of the signal buffering (the output impedance works with a mixer a lot better than the piezo pickup).

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        4.0

        Great pedal, Bad Box.

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        from Toronto, Ontario

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        Pros

        • Easy To Modify
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Simple

        Cons

        • As Good As Its Builder
        • Just Line Boost
        • No Led
        • Only Battery Powered

        Best Uses

        • Boost On Primary Amp

        Comments about Mod Kits DIY The Piledriver Power Boost Effects Pedal Kit:

        It's not a bad pedal if you know how to solder and build. It's very basic, not a huge range but thats not all that bad. It has no LED but you can Add one. There's no option for a 9V adaptor so it's only battery power unless you have a 9V plug laying around. The Box is huge and unnecessary, I fit everything into a standard electrical box.

        Very easy to put together if you know how to solder.

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        5.0

        Nice and easy

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        from Washington, DC

        Comments about Mod Kits DIY The Piledriver Power Boost Effects Pedal Kit:

        This kit was super easy to put together, and sounds great with no noise. I personally would have preferred at least an option for an AC adapter, but the circuit was simple enough to modify it to fit my needs. The instructions were very straight forward and easy to follow, and the diagrams are clear and simple to understand. This is a great introduction to building pedals, and for the price, I might buy a couple more of these to use as the start of my own circuit designs.
        It's a clean boost, not a lot of features needed here. Since it's intended to be run on a battery, I assume there is no LED to conserve power, in addition to simplifying the circuit by not including it. I went ahead and wired it up for use with a power supply instead of a battery, and it works very well that way, but I have some experience with electronics so I can't speak to how simple that would be for true beginners.
        Everything seems to be of decent quality, especially for the price. I might experiment with a different potentiometer in the future, though. The included pot seems to only affect the level once you get up past half-way, but that might just be a matter of personal preference.
        It's a pedal for a price comperable to what I've seen people charging for just an enclosure this size. You can't beat it for an entry into the world of DIY effects pedals.

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