Having succumbed to a moment of madness yesterday I've picked up a PCB for a pedal from a post on this forum. My GAS fund was wiped out by 'real life' recently so instead of looking longingly at a guitar I can't afford I'm going to divert my attention to playing with hot solder and tiny components. I did think about building a guitar from a kit but my work space for that would be the garage which has no power and it's almost December so that's not really going to be fun.
I've a feeling that I've totally over estimated both my knowledge and ability but that's probably what's going to make this interesting. Either I will crash and burn giving you all some entertainment on the way or I'll get something working eventually and if that happens then the rest of you really have no excuse not to try it at some point.
I do have a basic understanding of electronics but nothing more than could be achieved from a few hours of research. I can follow a schematic even if I don't understand it and I can identify components but that's about it. I've not soldered anything meaningful for about 30 years and never on an actual PCB. Oh and my hands are not as steady as they were 30 years ago and my eyesight isn't as good but hey, I do enjoy a challenge!
The plan will be to update this thread as things progress, good or bad.
The next step is to investigate a couple of things I'm not sure about. Those being the addition of a foot switch in relation to the actual board and how to bypass the board when the pedal is 'off' which I think are actually connected questions.
EDIT: Isn't the internet wonderful. I've already solved the 'switch and bypass' questions in about 15 minutes. So now to build up a list of components and to source them.