PCB for 1590B enclosureThis board will definitely help you to build your DIY guitar pedal in the 1590B enclosure. Led, jacks and footswitch are mounted on the PCB, being only necessary to wire the battery and the effect PCB.
Assembling Step 4 of 5
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR SOLDERING
You should use a soldering pencil of 15-30W and solder wire of 1 mm diameter. The soldering will release fumes that are harmful to your eyes and lungs, work always in a well-ventilated area.
Warm up the soldering iron and clean the tip with a humid sponge. Heat the PCB pad and the component leg simultaneously and melt 1-3 mm of solder wire on the joint. Finally, cut the remaining of the component legs. Make sure the solder flows properly on both pad and component leg. If the solder has not been applied correctly, you could make a bad connection (cold solder joint). A good connection should cover the joint without touching any adjacent pad.
Place the components on the footprints following the designators. You can place the components on both PCB sides if needed, just keep the correct polarity. It is recommended to solder the components from small to big size: resistors, diodes, capacitors, transistors, potentiometers...
Mount the footswitch, jacks and diode (with holder) in the enclosure. Adjust the high of the nut and washer of the footswitch (usually set at the lowest position). Push the led inside the holder before you solder it. Once the led has been placed inside the holder, if you need to remove the PCB with assembled components, you can take it out by pushing the led from the opposite side. To add the 9V battery clip, pass the cables through the two holes near the battery pads. Solder the red wire to the positive pad (+) and black wire to the negative pad (-). Use the enclosure to adjust the position of the components at the right position before soldering. For the DC jack, you can use a DC connector to align it in the middle of the hole. Make sure the connector doesn’t touch the enclosure when inserted.
Connect the ground to the enclosure to reduce noise. Solder a cable between the pad marked as “GND” in the PCB and the 3PDT washer.