I recently was inspired to convert an old walkman into a guitar pedal. This modified walkman features a guitar pedal foot switch to trigger the unit on and off. In this video, I’m triggering a handmade tape loop as a backing track and looping improvised guitar parts over it.

My private stash of DIY Guitar Pedals.  None of these were kits (who can afford those anyway?), most are vero boards, several others are made from PCBs I designed myself.  From left to right:

Top Row:  Dan Armstrong Green Ringer, Triple Thing Modulator, John Hollis Flatline Compressor, Catalinbread Heliotrope, Rebote 2.5 Delay, Silicon Fuzz Face.

Middle Row:  Bazzfuss (with selectable clipping), Brian May Treble Booster, Zvex Wooly Mammoth, Devi Ever Soda Mieser, Phuncgnosis, Double Bazzfuss

Bottom Row: Noise 567, Big Muff (w/creamy dreamer mods) Bazz Fuss, Thing Modulator, Pushmepullyou, DOD 250 Overdrive.

Absent:  Univox Superfuzz, TS-808 Tube Screamer, copies of some of the above pedals (with different art).

Future Builds:  Mutron III, Maestro S/H, Proco Rat, Octavia, Harmonic Energizer, Sequencer-controlled VCF, Fuzz Factory.

TBT: My first initial experiments using tape loops as an instrument - this is what the Suitcase of Drone looked like as a baby. 

The finished Suitcase of Drone reorganization! I successfully installed a pedal power supply, 3 new pedals, and another 4 track recorder. Get ready for some exciting new sounds!

This is one of my favorite pedals, with artwork by Eric Drooker (Please don’t be mad Eric, I love your art, I have this same image on a PM Press T-shirt that I got from Bound Together Books, SF).  One of my favorite pedals yet, it never leaves my pedal board.  The name I picked for it was a joke (isn’t everything on here a joke?).  It was my first all black pedal and literally resembled a “black block…”


Made this as a gift for local musician Joe Preston, aka Thrones.  Univox Super Fuzz clone with etched enclosure.


A concoction of my own, I call it the Doom Face! It’s a COT50 (acting as a sort of pre gain/boost) going into a silicon Fuzz Face (Q1 - MPSA13 Darlington Q2 - BC108) that then goes into a Stratoblaster to push the amp input stage harder. Also put a rotary input tone cap switch on the FF to dial in extra low end and also more gain. Big caps all round for max low end. The result is a massive saturated wall of fuzz, perfect for dooming up!