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.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The Ross Distortion is very similar to two other famous distortion boxes of the late 70s (MXR Distortion +, DOD 250). However, it uses one side of a 4558 dual opamp instead of the single opamp (741) found in the the other two, and a few other tweaks in component values. There are two versions of this circuit: the Tan version, which uses 2 germanium diodes for clipping (originals used 1N270s, but 1N60Ps or 1N34As should also work just fine), and the Black version, which uses 3 silicon diodes for asymmetrical clipping. I've drawn up 2 layouts for each version, both will fit in a 1590A. The only difference is improved power filtering and added polarity protection in the larger layouts. The yellow 1µ caps are tantalum.