PCB for 1590B enclosureThis board will definitely save your time and 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.
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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR SOLDERING
You should use a solder pencil of 15-30W and solder of 1 mm of diameter 60/40 (60% tin, 40% lead). The solder will release fumes that are harmful to your eyes and lungs, work always in a well-ventilated environment and avoid breathing the smoke created.
Warm up the iron and clean it with a humid sponge before soldering. Place the component and firmly hold the PCB on the table or holder. Heat the pad and the lead for one second by touching them at the same time. Then, feed around 1-3 mm of solder and make sure it flows properly. If the solder has not been applied correctly you can create a bad connection (cold solder joint). A good connection should cover the path and lead without touching any other pad. Finally, cut the lead with a cutter and inspect the joint by visual or by using a multimeter.
Assemble the components on the side of the silkscreen according with the designators and with their correct polarity. It is possible to assemble the components on both sides if required, just be careful to keep their correct polarity. Solder the components from small to big size: resistors, diodes and capacitors.
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.
You can connect the enclosure to ground to reduce the noise. Solder a cable to the pad marked as “GND” in the PCB. Then, pass the cable through the washer and nut of the footswitch as indicated in the following images.