[30] DIY and the online world

Date: July 16th, 2007 | Comments : [2] | Categories: DIY.

I was looking at some very old information that I had archived on floppy disks and it took me back to the old pre-Internet days… did you know that there was an active online music community long before the Internet?

Not only were there independently operated bulletin boards that you dialed up, but there were several commercial online services, including GEnie, Compuserve, Prodigy, and later, America Online. I have been members of all of those at one time or another, but was very active in the GEnie network in the late 1980s and early 90s.

Which brings me to schematics and DIY effects. A number of my pedal designs, including the Son of Screamer, Fuxx Face, Mini-Booster and others, existed long before the Internet was commercialized. There was an active music forum on GEnie that was hosted by Craig Anderton and my designs were available there for free download to users. The forum was quite active and users could communicate with each other privately via an internal message system much like email.

In 1995, my site went live on the Internet and became the second guitar effects and schematics site to be available! The first site was called the Leper’s Abode and it has since disappeared, leaving my web site as the longest continuously available DIY site on the Net.

Looking back, there were online DIY stompbox builders before the Internet, before boutique pedal companies, and long before the current crop of online discussion forums. But we had to access the info at 300 bits-per-second!


2 Responses to “DIY and the online world”

[42] Martin Overstreet Says: 10:24 am, July 17th, 2007

I tip my hat to you for keeping the website up for so long. I purchanced a couple of kits to satisfy my curosity and found that it only created more desire to learn and understand electronic effects.

Your site has been invaluable to this neophite. I have learned a lot from your hard work and am looking forward to the day that I have a good enough understanding to develop some original (or pseudo-original) effects.

Keep up the great work and thanks.

[2683] Erin Molloy Says: 1:51 pm, March 11th, 2012

Excellent write-up. I certainly appreciate this site. Thanks!


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