This is my first build, so I apologize for any stupid questions/assumptions right off the bat:
After having put my Classic Overdrive kit together, I connected a battery and plugged it inline into my amp. In bypass mode, my guitar signal passed through it normally into my amp. However, upon engaging it, I received no signal from the guitar - what I DID get coming through my amp was the radio signal that I tend to get in all my audio gear, which I'm fairly certain is being broadcast from the top of the Prudential Building (I'm in Boston's Back Bay area, very close to the building). Strangely, the signal was LOUDER when the Drive knob was further counter-clockwise, and SOFTER when I moved the knob clockwise. The LED lit fine when the effect was engaged.
I removed the connections to the footswitch and in/out jacks, and resoldered them, as I thought that I had probably screwed something up during this process. This assumption was based on the fact that before even ordering a pedal, I bough several small electronics project kits from Radio Shack to practice my soldering, and after a few of them, my joints seemed to look pretty solid, so I didn't think it was a problem with the components on the PCB.
I was taking pictures of the PCB and was going to flip it over to show the underside when I came up against the following problem: wouldn't I have to sever the connection to the power jack in order to remove the PCB and flip it over, because this jack is inserted from the outside of the pedal and then connected via leads inside? If this is indeed the case, and it is necessary for me to desolder the switch in order to take the pictures, I'll certainly do it, but I wanted to ask in case I was making a dumb mistake and didn't realize something obvious.
Thank you in advance to anyone who can offer me any pointers - I'm really psyched about this project and definitely want to get it working!