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Old 6th January 2002, 11:25 PM   #1
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Default Newbie questions...

1: Where can I learn how to read a schematic? Prefrably online.
2: Are guitar effects a good place to start? If not what is? Prefrable somthing in the audio relm.

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Old 6th January 2002, 11:44 PM   #2
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Diy guitar effects often cost more (once the casing is included) than the commercial versions. Since they, by definition, exist in order to distort or change the signal, they aren't good training for hifi--they're pretty much an end in themselves.
As far as hifi electronics go, the easiest project would be a simple preamp or amplifier. One of Nelson Pass's preamps (, the diy arm of Pass Labs) will be about as simple as you could ask for, and fairly inexpensive. The amps aren't much more complicated, but will cost a little more due to needing larger transformers and caps.

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Old 6th January 2002, 11:46 PM   #3
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Check the books at Radio Shack, I keep seeing them being recommended for newbies. There should be something there to help you understand schematics. Anything by Forrest Mims is a probably pretty good.
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