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, April 20, 2015

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer

The TS808 layout I post a while back has always bugged me. It's a real tight squeeze in a 1590B and I wanted a Tube Screamer layout with onboard pots. Well, I finally drew one up and I like this one. It's laid out for the TS9, but all it takes is 2 resistor swaps to go to TS808 specs (see the layout for info there). For board mounted pots, as per usual, right angle PCB pots can be mounted from the solder side of the board.


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  1. Probably I'm making a dumb mistake, but I can't verify this. All I get is a crazy farting tone, sounds like ass and I'll take some days off from debuging it, because I'm pissed hehe

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    1. I went back and double checked it. I had forgotten the 10k resistor from 9v to Bias. *facepalm It's fixed now.

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    2. hahahaha, I'm not that bad at building pedals, then. I just need to check it with the schematics more often. I'm about to verify it!

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  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omKi0luhjAA

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    1. Your video says you built it from the Tonepad layout. Why are you posting it here?

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    2. Candra, lu kebanyakan gaya tong

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  3. Yep, that made it, you can tag it!

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  4. Thanks man!
    I tested the circuit today and it worked.It's a very good tone!

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  5. Hello there!
    I think there is a tiny mistake in the ready to transfer image. One of the holes of the 51pf cap is missing isn't it?
    Great site by da way. I have to send photos some day! :)

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  6. Can I use this to make a clay jones OD replica? or are the LED pads not there?

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    1. The Clay Jones OD uses 3mm LEDs instead of the typical 1N4148s, so the layout isn't set up for LEDs, but it won't be a problem to squeeze them in there. Otherwise the only difference between the TS9/808 and the Clay Jones is just a handful of component values. The "topography" of the circuit is the same, so you shouldn't have any issues.

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    2. Thanks, man. I'll give it a shot.

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    3. What size drill bit do you use?

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    4. You'll need a couple different sizes. I use one of these stepped bits. Works much better than typical twist bits. Best to measure your own components before drilling.

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  7. Hi! I just came across a topic on freestompboxes forum and converting the TS9 to 808 takes more than 2 resistors as I understand. I guess they are refering to the Tonepad's layout but I wanted to make sure as I'd like to use your layout because I'm such a loyal DIYer :) You can check it out here: http://www.freestompboxes.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=22777
    They also mention a capacitor change and the direction of diodes. I'm not sure it will make a difference but I wanted to take your opinion.

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    1. Yeah, that's referencing the TonePad board, which you can build the TS-808, TS-9, and Boss SD-1 on. I believe the cap in question isn't even populated for the Tube Screamers, and diode direction doesn't matter. That would only matter if you're using asymmetrical clipping, which is what the SD-1 uses (though it's a common mod to the TS circuit, by my layout doesn't really allow for it). So, long story short, the only difference between the 808 and the 9 are those 2 resistors. Good luck with your build and thanks for the loyalty! :D

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    2. Thanks a lot! That's a relief :)

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  8. I don't know what i'm doing wrong. mine dont works, at beginning, i realized that the 10uf capacitor was inverted.

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  9. What kind of switch I need to change between ts808 and ts9? I mean, use the switch to change the resistors of the two models...
    Thanks!

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    1. You can use a DPDT on/on and wire it like this:

      https://postimg.org/image/r20opo9ff/

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    2. Can you make the upload of image again?

      Sorry my english, i'm from Brazil.

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    3. http://members.optushome.com.au/bluespherecreations/forum/resistorswitching.gif

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    4. https://i.postimg.cc/bwyw5QRH/TS808-9-switching.png

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  10. Just built one of these. Video of me playing around on it. Sorry for not explaining which settings I'm using, I forgot what I was doing :)
    https://youtu.be/yeu3Doze9FI

    Or just skip to the clip with backing track. https://youtu.be/yeu3Doze9FI?t=161

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  11. i have buit it great layout as always
    my question is this
    is there a drilling template available?
    best regards from greece

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  12. Hi... the volume level does not increase enough, it seems that the clean sound is higher than the distorted, is it possible? What can you do to overcome this?

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    1. Troubleshoot.

      http://www.diystompboxes.com/pedals/debug.html

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  13. Hi, can you tell me, where I can find the Schematic to this board? Thx

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  14. I cant find any 1uf mylar capacitor.is it possible to use 1uf elco caps for this.?not really sure how to put them in this board.i mean the polarity orientation.
    Thank you for the great upload.

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    1. The caps don't have to be mylar, but they do need to be non-polarized.

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  15. Sorry for the question, but how do I turn on the switch switch?

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  16. Just one more thing...
    In case I want to use a switch that alternates between asymmetric and symmetric diodes. Could you tell me how to make this connection?

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    1. Wire diodes to a DPDT like in this layouts (just replace the two LEDs with an asymmetric diode array) and wire the 2 middle lugs of the switch to one of the places where diodes are on the board (and don't populate the diodes on the board if you're putting them on a switch).

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    2. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_SfO_0LxRdA/UyRV5uYYWeI/AAAAAAAAGSY/dbNm95s5ScQ/s1600/Ibanez+TS808+compact+with+clipping+switch+Rev2.png

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    3. Thank you so much!
      I can use different diodes?

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    4. Of course! Red LEDs are good, 4148s, etc.

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  17. The IC is using TL072 or JRC4558 ?
    I read that they are interchangeable, but how about the sound?

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    1. Yes, you can use just about any dual opamp. But the sound may be slightly different with each. This is why I generally suggest to use a socket so you can try out different chips.

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  18. So what value can i replace with 1uf nonpolarized.....i cannot find it in any local stores here..

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    1. Anything higher value. 680n, 470n, etc. Even 100n would work.

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    2. Mugo² keno lan suarane penak. Yen ora tak keplaki sirahmu.

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    3. Wud it change the sound if i usee 100nf instead of 1uf?

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  19. Bom dia!!! Fiz um ts9 e percebi que o potenciometro de volume está com pouco volume! Comparado ao ts9 original,enquanto o o pot do original está no meio, o pot desse está bem mais aumentado pra ficar na mesma altura!! O que pode ser feito pra dar mais volume nele?

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  20. May I use 33nF instead of 27nF? Or will it lead to worse sound quality?

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  21. Ho guys!
    Help!
    the circuit works well for a few minutes then starts making noise until it no longer works.
    Some idea?!?
    Thanks a lot,
    Stefano!

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    1. I have solder 5819 instead 5817, 47pf capacitor instead 51pf and a 2m resistor instead 2.2 becose i haven't.

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    2. I have test every component before soldering. I try tl072 and the result is the same.
      Thanks for every help!
      (sorry for my English, i'm Italian)
      Stefano.

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    3. maybe the 47pf capacitor? or the resistor?

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  23. hi .. i'm having a problem the sound produced is only clean sound .. even when the drive knob is fully rotated. any advice? thank you

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  24. Hi, i can't find the diode where i live, but instead i have the 1n914b, can i use it?
    And also, i can't find the 51pF cap, so can i use a 47pF?

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  25. What size pots do you use for onboard? 16mm don’t match the template no matter how I place them, either side

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  26. I'm finding the transfer image is a bit pixelated, and the size isn't quite right. Can you post this as a PDF or other better quality file? I built your 1590B Big Muff project, and the image quality was much better on that one. TIA!

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    1. Nevermind - just saw the note linking to the transfer image library - problem solved!

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  27. And theres is a noise.. circuit works but theres is loud noise.. when i checked it 249hz noise.. anumy suggestion?

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  28. Anyway i can reduce noise? I tried diffrent amp

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