June 6, 2020 at 3:46 pm #13156
Hello, quick question about the Cranky Charles. Two of the diodes are LEDs. I see that there are three holes. What is the extra hole for?
Any help would be appreciated.
June 6, 2020 at 4:27 pm #13157
In case you wished to use use silicon or germanium instead.June 6, 2020 at 4:28 pm #13158
Looks like at least one of the LEDS is in backwards BTW
The Cathode is the flat side.June 6, 2020 at 4:28 pm #13159
Ah I see! Thank you.
Yes, I noticed the backwards LED upon inspection of my photo and I already fixed it.June 18, 2020 at 7:07 pm #13350
I am building the cranky Charles. This is my second pedal ever. Almost have it finished but every time I plug it up to my pedal board all of my other pedals go dead and the cracks Charles doesn’t work. Any ideas on where I should start first? Thanks!June 18, 2020 at 7:39 pm #13352wilkie1Moderator
The new Cranky Charles pedal has the wiring wrong on the jack(s). The signal is shorted to ground. When you add this pedal to the pedal board, it is grounding out the entire board.June 18, 2020 at 11:54 pm #13355
Switch the Tip and Ring Wiring at the Stereo Input Jack.
Updated wiring diagramJune 19, 2020 at 12:58 am #13357
Build document has been updated and sorry for any confusion.
Thanks though for pointing it out so I could correct the error in the Build Document.June 19, 2020 at 10:17 am #13359
Awesome, thank you!June 19, 2020 at 3:58 pm #13362
Sounds great!June 21, 2020 at 6:28 pm #13390
I went back and re-wired it to the new build docs. Still does the same thing. No sound when I cut the pedal on and kills all my other pedals on my board.
June 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm #13391
Here is another view.June 21, 2020 at 7:23 pm #13393
The only thing different between the new and old diagram is the the Tip and Ring lugs were switched on a stereo Jack and you are using a Mono jack and no battery so that would not have been a major issue. So what you need to look for is some sort of short. I would look hard at the connection on the IN side and be sure there is not a stray wire touching ground since they are so close together.
Also:June 22, 2020 at 12:14 am #13399BillyModerator
You’ve got D4 the wrong way roundJune 22, 2020 at 12:26 am #13400
Eagle Eyes!!June 22, 2020 at 7:53 pm #13409
Thank you Billy!! Yes! I flipped D4 around and got some noise finally. There is a high pitch noise coming out now when the pedal is on and I’m not playing.June 22, 2020 at 9:59 pm #13411
I would re-flow solder joints on most of the project.
There are a couple places that look like there is not much wire holding onto the pad or solder bulbs that are likely a cold joint. Also re-flow the 3PDT pads so the joints flow. Just heat your iron up using a fine conical tip and flip the board over to the back and do all the joints. Then pay close attention to any wiring issues. Especially any wires hanging by a thread would need redone.
Here are a couple places I can see from the photo.
If you still have trouble when you are done with that upload new photos and include as much of the back side of the board as you can with the pots angled up. I would suggest .031 diameter solder if you have it as it will help make a quick, solid solder joint.
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