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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:00 pm 
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I got around to working my first effects build with the BYOC confidence boost kit today. I've only done a little soldering in the past, with very little of that on a pcb. I tried to keep it neat, but managed to get rosin over a lot of the back. I cleaned it up a bit with some isopropyl
alcohol and nail polish remover.

Unfortunately, the kit doesn't work as of now; just a mid-level hum coming out of it. I can't see any obvious shorts in the soldering (though I'm pretty sure that's the issue). All the joints feel solid & wires resist a firm pull.

I figured I'd post on here to see if I could get some feedback & troubleshooting pointers. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Back (some strands of cotton swab left from cleaning)
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:32 am 
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Looks like you have the input jack wired wrong.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:27 am 
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Stephen wrote:
Looks like you have the input jack wired wrong.

Soldering quality looks very good, though. What's all the white fuzz on the back of the PCB? Got a cat? Or is it residual from cleaning off the solder mask? Won't hurt anything, though....

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:02 pm 
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Stephen wrote:
Looks like you have the input jack wired wrong.

That was indeed it! I got to the very last step & then rushed myself. Clipped & swapped out the input jack leads (and output jack leads; at least I'm consistent!) and it works great now.

duhvoodooman wrote:
Soldering quality looks very good, though. What's all the white fuzz on the back of the PCB? Got a cat?

No. :D That was just the cotton strands from a swab from where I tried to clean up all the rosin. Thanks for the comment on the soldering. I can look closely and tell where I started & got a bit better as I progressed.

Thanks to both of you for the feedback. I greatly appreciate it.


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