Incaroads77 wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:52 pm
what are all the physical materials i need to set up the buffer and obel in a strat. i have a super distortion and a super two and im putting an old cs69 in the bridge. what caps and pots and dpdt switches and other stuff do i need?
i know thats alot to explain, but im gonna worry about setting it all up at a later date, but i need to know what all the materials are that i need to buy
Use this diagram: http://deadicated.us/obel-circuit/
Parts (this assumes you have a passive guitar, e.g., Fender pups. EMG pups are already active so you don't need buffer or volume pot or 25k volume pot).
1. DPDT On/On Mini (this is the OBEL swtich)
2. 2 x Switchcraft or similar stereo female jacks (One is for OBEL Send/Return other is for Output to amp--both are stereo jacks, the OBEL stereo jack uses a stereo cable but the stereo output jack uses a mono cable)
3. 25k log volume pot (you want the potentiometer that has the same length as your current pot so you can use the same knob).
4. Wald buffer
5. 9V battery terminal
6. OBEL breakout box and guitar cables (one stereo for effects loop and one mono for guitar out to amp)--recommend buying breakout box and stereo+mono cable bundle from https://iocustomguitars.com/
Wiring strat involves taking off the strings, taking off the pickguard, drilling small hole in pickguard, finding room for 9V battery and bufer, completing some soldering, making new jack plate to replace the fender jack plate, replacing volume pot with 25k pot, replace mono output jack and with two stereo output jacks (one for guitar out and one for effects loop).
1. Take off pickguard and drill hole for the DPDT OBEL switch (1/4" bit I think). Make sure the switch is going to go someplace where there's room and where you can easily flip the switch. Look at my strat to see where I put the switch which is where I like it. Insert switch. http://s345.photobucket.com/user/MattMa ... sort=3&o=0
2. Unsolder the old volume pot and replace with new volume pot.
3. Unsolder the output jack.
4. Find space in cavity for wald buffer (I put my batter in the back spring cavity because I don't have any springs for the tremolo--so you'll run the 9v terminal wires to the back). Some people mount the buffer, but I let it losse (the buffer will be covered in electrical tape after you wiring it in). I use foam to cushion the battery so it doesn't move.
5. Complete the soldering according to the circuit schematic.
a. Output lug from the 5-way pup selector goes to the buffer in (blue).
b. Output of buffer goes to OBEL swtich lug 5 (yellow).
c. Ground of buffer goes to ground (Jerry used a thick copper wire to create a central ground from lug 3 of the volume pot to the ground (sleeve) of the stereo output jack--note a mono guitar output cable is used and connects to amp. The other stereo jack is the OBEL jack--note a stereo cable is used here and connects to the OBEL breakout box...
d. Power to the buffer goes to the + battery teminal (Red)
e. OBEL switch. I used number of 1-3 for top row and 4-6 for bottom row. 1 + 4 have jumper soldered between to connect them. 2 goes to lug 1 of volume pot. 3 (green) goes to tip of OBEL jack. 6 (blue) goes to ring of OBEL jack.
f. Output jack. Tip goes to lug 2 of the volume pot. Ring goes to neg on 9v terminal.
g. Make jack plate from aluminum tin cans--trace shape of existing jack plate, glues two pieces of aluminum together, use tin snips to cut, file to smooth, drill jack holes.