Monte Allums Guotar Pedal Mods

DISCLAIMER - Absolutely no refunds. All sales are final. We cannot be held responsible if you ruin your pedal. I got ripped off by a buyer of my TR-2 mod. Said he wasn't happy with the mod so I offered to buy the TR-2 from him. I gave him $110 in good faith. When I received the pedal it was non-functioning. He had drilled the hole for the pot in the wrong place piercing the ribbon going to the depth pot and completely pulled 4 traces from the PCB. And he wanted to know why the mod sounded bad. Because of this I will no longer issue refunds of any type on mods. If you do not have the skills required to perform the mod then please let us do the mod for you. Monte Allums

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How to Identify Boss Surface Mount Pedals

With this page I will endeavor to help you identify which Boss Pedals can be modded with my kits and which ones cannot. I’ll resist stating the advantages or disadvantages of both. Use the serial number decoder on the right of this page to plug in your pedal’s Serial Number. When putting in the letters/numbers, NO SPACES. Use that date and the info below to determine whether the pedal is thru-hole (modable) or Surface Mount (Not Modable).

Boss DS-1 The early manufactured Black 40th Anniversary DS-1s are modable thru-hole circuits, but a buyer just notifed me (10-20-2022) that they are now surface-mount. So you'll need to look at the inside of these to see if they are modable. Surface Mount Started in 2016.

Boss BD-2 - Surface Mount Started in 2017

Boss SD-1 - Surface Mount Started in 2019

WAZA - All WAZA versions are Surface Mount and cannot be modded.

If you have more info you feel would be helpful, please contact me at and I will add it to this page.

Soldering Iron

You're going to need a soldering iron. You don't have to spend a lot for one. For an inexpensive iron click here. This is a 60 watt iron that will work fine for modding and small soldering jobs.

But if you're planning on doing a lot of soldering I would suggest spending a little more and investing in something a little more expensive. Here is a good moderately priced iron. Click here. It's more money but it's build to last and will give you an iron that will last.

Electronic Multmeter

Eventually you'll need a multimeter. For reading resistor values, voltage, etc. But that's not all they do. You can buy one for cheap. But I recommend getting a decent one. Click here for a very inexpensive version.

But for those that want to spend a little more click here.

60/40 Solder

I recommend 60/40 solder. Works great for modding and just about any other soldering project you'll do. You can buy some good 60/40 solder here.

Wire Strippers

I include wire with my kits and having a pair of wire stripper around is a must. Here's a great value on a pair. Click here.

Soldering Stand

A soldering stand will come in handy. You can buy a nice one here.

Needle Nose Pliers

These are handy for reaching hard to get to parts and for pulling components out. Click here for a very inexpensive pair.

Fine Point Sharpy

I use a fine tip Sharpie to mark the solder side of the pcb. I'll mark the solder joints of the components I will be removing. Sometimes it's hard to remember which solder joint you're working on. This makes it easy. You can buy them here.

Small Wire Cutters

You'll need a pair of these to trim off the legs of resistors, capacitors, diodes, etc. once the components have been installed. You can find the here.

Jeweler's Screwdrivers

I use these to pry small components from the pcb. Make sure you have removed all the old solder before prying the component up or you will damage the traces on the pcb. You can buy a set here.

Head Lamp Light

A head lamp light will help you to see the parts on the pcb. and frees your hands to do other things. You can buy one here.

4.50 Power Reading Glasses

Magnifying the area you're working on is vitally important. You need to be able to see clearly where you are working. Illuminating the area and being able to see clearly what you are working on will ensure you are doing the work properly. You can buy them here.

Irwin UniBit

This Irwin UniBit drill bit is the only drill bit you will ever need for drilling holes for switches, DC Jacks, etc. This one-in-all drill bit includes all the sizes you need in one drill bit. You can buy them here.

Electrical Tape

I use electrical tape to wrap around switches and my opamp adapters to keep them from shorting on other components or the pedal casing. Most of the issues with modding can be attributed to parts and components shorting on something. You can buy a some here.

Desk Lamp

Having a well-lit area when modding or doing guitar repair is vital. I love these adjustable desk lamps because the light can be adjusted and localized to a specific area and they are portable. You can buy one here.

Screwdriver Set

You'll need a wide variety of screwdrivers both flat head and Phillips. Here's a very imexpensive set here.


Here's a set of pliers for cheap. Wire cutters, needle nose and regular pliers for one inexpensive price. You can buy them here.
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Presonus Studio One

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Presonus E8 Studio Monitors

I use this exact pair of studio monitors to mix with. They are self-powered so all you need is a stereo feed from your computer or recording interface and you're good to go. You can buy a pair here.

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Our church uses two 32-channel Presonus consoles bridged together for 64 digital tracks. For the money and the features you get you cannot beat this for price versus features. This console will interface well with your Apple Mac or Windows PC. You get an interface and digital mixer all in one package. If I was setting up a small recording studio I would definately give this s look. You can buy this console here.

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