Where to start as a DIY beginner?
At first please think about the following points: - DIY is a lot of work which takes a lot of time! - Don't start if you just want to clone something and build it cheaper! That's mostly an illusion!
So where to start?
- Don't use a cheap soldering iron (better use one from Weller, Ersa, ...)!
Soldering guides [http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/solder.htm ] Projects for beginners
- MXR Distortion+ (This is not a synth but a distortion FX!) Link 
- If you have a question don't be ashamed: Open a new thread on the Forum. Forum DIY Beginners Thread 
- go to DIY Category Section category:DIY
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