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What is the ultimate tube amp?
If you want to do that for fun, go for it. If you want to do it for money, you're going to lose your shirts. You'll be competing with the big boys, and they can afford to stockpile metal cases, drill them, powder-paint them install switches, circuit board, and jacks and still sell the stomp-boxes cheap enough so that stores can retail them for $50 or so. Unless you buy a LOT of cases, switches, jacks, etc, you will never get them cheaply enough to compete on price. Also, the big boys have teams of people populating the boards, wave-soldering them and testing them, so their production rates are very high and production costs are minimized.Turbo, a friend of mine and I are planning on making stompboxes (all types of pedals, except whammies and wahs, too hard) to pick up some cash this summer. Think it'll work out?
If you're just starting, here's a secret. Don't concentrate on learning lots of different chords in the root position - you will learn them of course, but if you want to be able to advance very quickly, you should try to concentrate on barre chords using major, minor and 7th voicings at first. This will give you the ability to jam with other musicians, and change keys at will. If you learn Stormy Monday, for instance and you normally play it in the key of A, and a singer wants to sit in and prefers to sing that song in the key of B, you just move your barre progression two frets toward the bridge and play away.Yeah, I need to get an electric, like a Squier Strat, to screw around on. I've played cello, am learning mandolin, and can play some guitar so I have a fairly good grasp of basic music theory so it's not like totally learning from scratch.