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.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sola Sound Tone Bender Mk. II Professional

Here's another layout with onboard pots. The Sola Sound Tone Bender Mk. II is probably most famous for shaping some (but not all) of the guitar sound of legendary guitarist Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin I. Originally it was a positive ground effect, but I've laid it out to use NPN transistors. This way you can daisy chain it with normal negative ground effects, or avoid using a 9V battery or making a voltage inverter. I've added a polarity protection diode and a pulldown resistor at the input. I would also recommend as I did with the Fuzz Face, to swap the stock B1k pot controlling attack with either a C1k or B2k pot for better control.

The hfe of the transistors should be around 70 for Q1 and 2, and 100 for Q3 (according to Fuzz Central). I've personally had good luck with some Russian MP38a transistors. You can also build the Marshall Supa Fuzz with this layout by making the following substitutions:

  • Increase both 4.7µ capacitors to 10µ
  • Reduce the 100k resistor going from the base of Q1 to ground to 10k
  • Reduce the 100k resistor going from 9v to the collector of Q2 to 47k
You can also use this layout to make the original positive ground effect using PNP transistor by just inverting any polarized components (basically just flip around the 3 electrolytic caps and diode).

1 comment:

  1. This layout is verified. I did an pnp version of the supa fuzz. And it's nasty in all the good ways. I did do the fuzz central based changes and made the attack a 2k, and increased the 470r resistor to 1.2k for the volume boost.