This is a library of perfboard and single-sided PCB effect layouts for guitar and bass. I'm not an electrical engineer by any stretch of the imagination, just a DIY'er who likes drawing layouts. It is meant for the hobbyist (so commercial use of any of these layout is not allowed without permission) and as a way to give back to the online DIY community.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Active Baxandall Network

Got a request for a Baxandall tone stack daughter board, (much like the Big Muff Tone Stack daughter board) and thought it was a great idea as it's a great tone control. The schematic for this came from this article, which is worth the read. I've laid it out two ways, one with board mounted pots, and one without that's a little more compact.

Note on the board mounted pots version the fill on the PCB is not ground.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CultureJam Shoot the Moon

Here's a great optical tremolo designed by CultureJam. Schematic can be found here. D1 is the external rate indicator and could be used as the on/off indicator as well. Just use part one pole of your 3PDT to break/connect one of the leads of D1. D2 and the LDR should be isolated together (heat shrink tubing works great). Tayda LDRs and either orange or red LEDs seem to work well in this circuit. A NSL32-SR3 optocoupler works well too. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Demeter Fuzzulator

Here's an interesting opamp-based fuzz from Demeter for Fuzz Friday. I imagine other dual opamps can be used in place of the LF442, so socket and experiment. The trimmer in the original seems to be set at 2.5k. Schematic can be found here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Boss DS-1 with Keeley Ultra Mods

Got a request for the classic DS-1 with some Keeley mods and since my earlier DS-1 layout doesn't have board mounted pots, it seemed like a good idea. The flip-flop switching has been removed. Here's the schematic for reference.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

TC Electronic Integrated Preamp

Here's a loud one for you (I am not responsible for any blown speakers that may happen as a result of you building this thing! haha)! It's a popular preamp and used as a booster by the metal band Meshuggah. It apparently sounds best run at 18v. I didn't include an onboard charge pump since I know a lot of you prefer different methods for that. Should be plenty of room in a 1590B for a daughter board with your preferred charge pump. Schematic can be found here.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Lovepedal Tchula

Another Electra variation from Lovepedal. It's described as a two-stage COT50... I guess the "stages" are the different ways to bias the transistor off the emitter. The stages are switchable via footswitch in the originals, but if you put it on a toggle switch you should be able to fit it in a 1590A. Here's the schematic (this was traced from a cream box Tchula):

Friday, March 30, 2018

Frantone Cream Puff

Happy Fuzz Friday, everyone! Got a few requests for this one. It's a bit like a fuzz in the way a Big Muff is a fuzz–bridges the gap between fuzz and distortion. And it's somewhat similar to a Big Muff with two gain stages pushing a BMP tone stack. Schematic can be found over on FSB.