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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales America (March 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825695023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825695025
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is really easy to follow.
N. Bradway
It has a little more edge than a JRC4558D or RC4558P and is a tad cleaner with a flatter EQ which makes it a great chip to tame the mids of a Tube Screamer or SD-1.
Mojo321
The coolest guitar player's project book, for beginners.
Michael Friedlander

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Blind Lemon Pledge on January 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book was first published in 1975, I believe. I purchased it in the 1980s. At the time, it was the only authoritative book on the subject of building your own effects. Finding schematics and parts was, to say the least, difficult. Rackmount processors were just beginning to dominate the marketplace. Craig Anderton emphasized low noise in designing the circuits and the projects represented the state of the art, but they might be somewhat noisy by today's standards (they are still fairly quiet, though).

In this modern age, schematics, parts, and tips on building your own projects are just a mouse click away. For the amount of money it would cost to build the projects in this book, one could buy a multieffects box that is, arguably, more versatile with better fidelity.

However, EPFM is far from obsolete, especially in an era where analog effects are (thankfully) becoming all the rage again. The book might benefit from a revision that addresses the increased resources available via the internet and, if feasible, circuit design modifications which reflect any technological advancement in noise reduction.

Nonetheless, EPFM is still the standard for entering into the field of audio electronics. That is no accident. Some reviewers lament the book is not very in-depth and does little more than teach you to solder. Craig Anderton makes no secret of the fact that his objective is to whet your appetite and give you the opportunity to create some usable effects as effortlessly as possible.

He succeeds. The accompanying CD reveals that these are all wonderful sounding effects. The ring modulator is my personal favorite and the phaser sounds as good as any on the market.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Hotrodimus on November 10, 2008
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"Electronic Projects for Musicians" is a classic, but the book is so hopelessly dated at this point that a major revision of the text is in order. To begin with, none of the IC's that the projects are built around still exist - they've been discontinued and there are significantly better chips available, but figuring out the appropriate substitutions for these can be incredibly difficult. Several of the designs could easily be redone from scratch in more efficient and better configurations...I still don't understand why Anderton goes with a two-9V configuration for powering everything, when that's a design decision that you simply never see anywhere else.

Still, the initial several chapters are timeless and contain great info for newcomers about basic concepts of building, soldering, wiring, packaging, etc. The book is almost worth it for those chapters alone. Sadly, the actual projects are unbuildable in 2008, and the book is frankly outclassed by so many books that have been written since. With the popularity of "Make" magazine and this new generation of DIY'ers, a major overhaul, re-write, and update of the book would be outstanding.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1997
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This outstanding book presents a number of useful circuits for shaping the sound of electric instruments. Starting with small projects and presenting gradually more difficult jobs, the author takes the reader by the hand and makes easy the whole process of building a "stomp box." You can save money, or create a more powerful tool than is commercially available, or sometimes even both. Best book of its kind. No electronics knowledge necessary to begin - but you will have some when you're done!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Brannon on November 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am basically a 100% newb and this is a great place to get your feet wet in electronics. That being said, I was hoping to be able to build some of these projects though. I'm not a guitar player myself but was hoping to give some cool pedals away to friends. After diving into some of the projects, even buying a few parts and pieces, I realized there are very few of these projects that are even buildable. He uses an IC in most of his projects that isn't available anymore and I haven't found information as of yet on a replacement. Even if I did I would have to redesign the circuit boards in the books to fit my needs. Other reviewers made this clear and I should have paid more attention before buying the book. There are other books out there that are cheaper that will get teach you the basics, this was sadly a disappointment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Friedlander on February 2, 2012
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If you notice some of the part numbers in the book are old numbers. However these can easily be substituted, look it up in the NTE cross reference guide. ALL the parts to build these projects are still easy to buy and use. "OP AMPS" are universal, you can easily use one in place of another, as long as it is connected correctly. OP AMPS from radio shack will work just fine for these projects.
Don't be discouraged just because the book has old part numbers, you can still build the projects!
I have built these projects and installed them INSIDE the guitar. The parametric preamp is the coolest. It has a variable notch filter, band pass filter, with adjustable frequency. You can get all kinds of wild tone variations, from screeching treble to wha-wha.
The coolest guitar player's project book, for beginners.
HOWEVER, you need to understand that a HUMBUCKING pickup is probably the best choice for use with effects, because you will get less noise. You can take out the single coil and install a humbucker, if the noise of the single coil is bothering you.
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