Hey bud. Here's something to think about for some country sounds... Compressor
- (essential for Chicken Pickin')
the BYOC 5 knob compressor kit is basically a kit to build the Wampler Ego compressor... which is a moddified Ross Comp. I built mine and use it on every country gig I play. Super transparent and spanky as hell if thats what you need. Also, the GuitarPCB.com MoRC compressor is a modified Ross comp (the original Ross Grey Comp is kind of the holy grail for us chicken pickers) very transparent as well, and they sell a kit for it at mammoth electronics as well, or you can buy the board from Guitar PCB and source your own parts.Phaser
-(Waylon style...love it)
Again, guitarpcb has a great sounding but kind of tough build called Dr. Phybes they even sell the matched quad set of FETs transistors. Also, the Phase Royal over at BYOC is pretty awesome as well.Chorus
- (a country must have pedal)
I'm just putting this out in the universe, but if you're going to play country music modern or old school, you need a chorus. Every tour I've done, every other band on them, and almost every country show I've seen, the guitarist(s) had a chorus pedal.. lots of guys sell boards for them. Check out www.Strymon.net
and check out their "Ola" pedal's sound samples for a taste of some bangin' chorus (not to build, just to check out).Overdrive
- (tricky 'cuz there are so many great sounding OD's)
The Nashville secret weapon OD is the Nobels ODR-1. Trust me on this. Its a thick and pretty compressed OD that can get gainy, but most guys use them on about 3 or 4 (gain). Its on almost every heavy-weight Nashville session/touring rig I've seen. Not always used live, but a lot in sessions (mainly cuz the real green boxes haven't been made for 10+ years, and guys are scared of breaking them) toneclonepedals.com sells a board (way overpriced IMO) for their Nobleman ODR. Awesome build, great board, pretty easy. Sounds just like the original and its true bypassed when you build it.Delay
- (something with tap-tempo for live gigs)
Another "throwing it out in the universe" pedal for country gigging.. Guitar PCB has a pretty bad ass one with tap tempo options. (the D'lay) I would assume a tough build tho.
ORDER FOR BUILDING:
OD's, fuzzes and distortions are usually the easiest circuits to build, so I would start there. Second, I would build the compressor, and last the modulation or delay effects as they will definitely be more challenging.