These are frequently asked questions for all of the Mod Kits DIY products. For individual products, or to ask your own question - see the product page.
No, MOD Kits are sold as "Do It Yourself (DIY)" kits. All parts are included, but the kit must be assembled and soldered using your own tools. We provide easy-to-follow instructions for all of our kits.
We have instructions for adding a DC power jack for many of our kits in their File Downloads section. Power-All offers a cable that hooks directly to the unit's battery snap and allows use with a regular 9VDC center pin negative power supply.
Yes, all pedals include bottom covers. They have been removed in some of the pictures only to show the insides.
We recommend re-tracing each step of the assembly process using the instructions. This will allow you to insure there are no wiring errors and check the proper orientation of the transistors, diodes and polarized capacitors. The next step would be to make sure there are no unintended shorts and cold solder joints. Cold solder joints are more common when using lead-free solder as many soldering irons don't get hot enough to properly melt lead-free solder.
Not all of our Mod® Kits are still in production. You can find a list of our discontinued products on our discontinued product page.
We offer kits for builders of all skill levels. Our kits with a build difficulty of 1 should be doable, if maybe a little challenging, for a beginner. See our build difficulty guide for more information.
The label is not attached to the enclosure initially. It is up to you where you would like to put it on the pedal or if you'd like to leave it off completely.
Any of the kits rated a “1” in our build difficulty ratings would be a good beginner kit. The Piledriver’s larger enclosure makes it perfect for a beginner.
See our guide to build difficulty for a list of each kit and its challenge level.
For kits which do not have a built-in power jack, a 9 volt battery is required. If you do not want to use a battery, we have instructions for adding a DC power jack for many of our kits in their File Downloads section.
All you need to provide are common hand tools, a soldering iron and solder. Everything else is included, including a pre-drilled enclosure
Many of our kits can be built with a soldering iron, solder, and very basic tools (screwdriver, pliers, wire strippers). However, in order to prepare for any build issues, we recommend having the following:
- Wire Strippers
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Cutting Pliers
- Desoldering Pump
- Solder (60/40 rosin core recommended)
- Soldering Station
- Phillips Head Screwdrivers
- Slotted tip screwdrivers (3mm tip)
- Digital Multimeter (DMM)
- Alligator Clip Test Leads (to fit DMM)
- Channellock Pliers (or similar type)
- Miniature Round File (fine cut)
For the pedals that have a power jack, a standard 9VDC, center pin negative power supply should be used.
We recommend the use of regular leaded 60/40 solder. It melts at a lower temperature than lead-free solder, so it's less likely to cause a cold solder joint or damage components.
Our kits utilize point-to-point wiring using terminal strips rather than a circuit board. This is done to make a step-by-step build easier and to help the builder learn the circuit's signal path and open up the possibilities for modding. Point-to-point wiring requires a slightly larger enclosure.
MOD Kits are intended to introduce people of all skill levels to building, modding, and repairing gear. We find point-to-point wiring to be friendliest for beginners and also encourages modding more than a set PC board layout.