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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

MOD Kits DIY Trill Tremolo Pedal, ...(Review)

Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from: Manufacturer
Street Price: $43.95 + Shipping 

MOD Kits DIY is the manufacturer of do it yourself amplifier and effect pedals kits.   

This Trill Tremolo model DIY kit has a speed knob that provides a wide range from a very slow to rapid fire effect with a depth knob that varies the ratio between effected and dry signal. Using modern, low noise transistors makes operation of The Trill quiet with no signal drop when engaged and features true bypass foot-switching putting it out of the signal path when not engaged.

I took my time as I always do and from start to finish it was 2.5 hours / 7 beers. This is a kit that is designed for the novice builder and if you can read and follow the instructions you can build this DIY pedal. 

Tools Needed 

Wire Strippers
Needle Nose Pliers
Cutting Pliers
Desoldering Pump
Solder (60/40 rosin core)
Soldering Station
Phillips Head Screwdrivers
Slotted tip screwdrivers (3 mm tip)
Channellock Pliers (or similar type)
Hobby Vise (or other means to secure box while working)

I wasn't sure how this would turn out since I had only wired guitars before -- but I had a successful build my first try. I found this kit to be very comprehensible to even the novice builder. The kit came with a step-by-step instruction manual with a wiring  schematic and aerial view of the build that made the build process easy to understand with a downloadable PDF on the MOD Kits DIY website -- just in case the copy that was sent with the kit was lost. 

A Supreme Sound NJ student hard at work
Not only was this kit easy to build -- but it sounds great. This would give any tremolo pedal in the $200 USD price range a run for its money.  Over all -- this was a fun, one day project that gave me a better understanding of electronics and hunger to build more. 

My advice:
If you are looking for an introduction to building electronics or just a fun one day activity -- this is a great example of a DIY kitIt is well worth it's $43 USD price tag just in the build's entertainment value


Take a class to build this pedal @ Supreme Sound

Posted 12/2012