....then i started reading around the forums before i finished my build, and got really discouraged!!
Keep in mind that when you look through these support forums, you're going to see almost nothing but people having problems, 'cuz that's why they're here.
The folks whose builds go smoothly usually don't post, unless it's the "Show Off Your Completed Build" forum.
Other than the ability to comprehend and follow directions, the main thing that's needed to be successful with these kits is good soldering technique.
If you've never soldered before, a $70 - $100 BYOC kit isn't the place to learn. Go to your local Radio Shack, buy some perfboard
, some cheap components (a $2.59 bag of 50 1N914 diodes is a good choice), some rosin-core 0.032" 60/40 tin-lead solder (silver solder is a b*tch to use, especially for beginners), and a 20 - 25W soldering iron (like THIS ONE
). Then go home, open up Stephen's Tips for a Successful Build
for guidance, and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! Once you're comfortable that you've got at least the basics down pretty well, go ahead and dive into a BYOC kit. I'd recommend starting with one of the easier kits (an ESV Fuzz
or a 250+ Distortion
are good choices....or the Confidence Booster
, of course), and work up to the harder stuff. And of course, we're here to help if you run into problems. But you'll run into a lot less of them if you do your "homework" as described above....