There has been a lot of interest in the tap tempo since I posted about it a couple of weeks ago. I get around 20 hits a day from Google searches for things like “DIY tap tempo” or “how to build a tap tempo switch.”
Many of you have expressed interest in buying one from me, and it’s possible that I could get to work on that during the summer. The end of the school year is just not a good time for me to start working on a project like that.
In the next couple of weeks I’ll be spending a lot of time traveling to the feeder elementary schools recruiting for the orchestra/guitar program. Once that is done, I have to go through all the paperwork of scheduling my classes and determining who is going to play what instrument, what class they need to be in – you know, fun stuff.
Once that is done, I’ll touch base with those of you who have expressed interest and we’ll see where we stand. In the meantime, feel free to build your own. It is seriously the easiest pedal to build. It’s a stretch to even call it a “build.” It’s more like basic assembly. Your soldering can be totally horrible and the box will still work.
Here’s a quick rundown on what you’ll need:
Small enclosure – this is the smallest one that I have found: the Hammond 1590LB
SPST momentary switch – this is a good one
Mono output jack – here’s one
Wire – you don’t have to use copper wire – you can use anything that is conductive, like a paperclip. Seriously, it’ll work.
The first thing you need to do is drill the holes in the pedal. Make sure you leave enough space between the holes. If they’re too close, you won’t be able to fit the components inside. If you’re not comfortable with this, Pedal Parts Plus will drill your enclosure for $3. Once the holes are drilled, install the stomp switch on top and the jack on the side. Finally, solder one lug on the switch (it shouldn’t matter which) to ground and solder the other lug to the tip. Close it up and you’re done.
It’s very easy. The entire project shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes from start to finish.