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, March 8, 2017

Carl Martin Plexi-Tone

This is probably the biggest Marshall-in-a-box pedal out there (footprint-wise anyway). Originals use a +/- 12v supply with a transformer internally. I modified the power section with a +/-18v charge pump and will run off a normal +9v power supply. This saves room so you can use a smaller enclosure and gives more headroom to the effect. It is a buffered effect, so the In/Out pads go directly to the jacks. All switches marked in the layout are the footswitches. It should fit fine in a 1590BB with top mounted jacks.




Edit March 9:
Had some question about how to wire the footswitches. Here's how I'd wire them:


The LED for the channel switch doesn't have to be bi-color, but in my mind it seems like a good thing utilize instead of have a normal LED being on for one channel and off for the other. 

23 comments:

  1. Can the LF347 be subbed with a TL series quad op-amp (TL064,TL074,TL084)?

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    1. I would think so, but I haven't compared the datasheets.

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    2. A TL074 has less power supply current requirement.... other than that they appear directly compatible.

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  2. Isn't the ac tone just a few component swaps? I'm sure I've seen a layout somewhere online that does both.

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  4. How should we wire up the LEDs and the DPDT footswitches? I suppose the positive lead from the LED itself should go to FSw5. But should the LED+ from the board go to FSw4 or FSw6? Thanks! I want to verify this in the next couple days.

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    1. the connection of the dpdt is here...
      http://www.taydakits.com/instructions/plexitone/pages/enclosure-and-wiring--6

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    2. You can do it that way, though this layout was designed to use the buffered bypass like the original (In/Out pads going to the In/Out jacks). I'll post an diagram of how I'd wire the switches.

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  5. What a great project!
    Is much to ask some advice of what I have to avoid if I would like to feed directly with 18v or 9v?
    I have some not verified clue reading the schematic I found around the web..

    Thanks David!

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    1. The effect is designed to run with a bi-polar supply, so you have to use either a transformer like in the original, or the charge pump like I used in this layout. To run it without the charge pump would require some redesign of the circuit and a whole new layout.

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  6. Wow i just found this site googling around for some schematics. Awesome job!
    Is the schematic used for this Plexitone exactly the same as the original except the charge pump? Cos i'm looking for something as close as possible to the original one, and on other sites they applied some mods, like 4 clipping leds instead of 3 and other modifications.

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    1. Yes, this follows the original Plexitone aside from the power section. Early versions of the Plexitone seem to have had a few differences as shown in this schematic:

      http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ier5Qk_vR-U/Tx1MsJ0sKoI/AAAAAAAAAro/1KKJZX2vyy4/s1600/Plexitone_rev3.gif

      So, not really mods as much as what Carl Martin originally used.

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  7. Hey guys! I already finished and it works very good! VERIFIED!
    Take notes:
    *I just jumpered the Drive Footswitch 1-2, and the 3 I leave empty (no connect)
    *I made True Bypass, as showed on the Tayda page.
    *I used TL074 for the Quad Op amp, it works fine. I must try with LF347.
    * For every diode in the Power Supply stage I used 1N4007.

    Greetings for Corrientes, Argentina!

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    1. Héctor.. gracias por tus consejos.
      Ivan de Mza :-)
      Conseguiste LT1054? tengo el LF374N, pero no consigo el otro.

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    2. Así es, lo compré en Axis. Aunque tampoco te hagas tanto drama, podes armar un doblador de voltaje con un LM555

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    3. Genial...lo voy a buscar ahí.
      Si, lo estuve pensando, mucho más accesible aparte.

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    4. I'm ever using TL074 too but LF347 for this fx is the best for me

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    5. Hey Héctor, if you are doing this True Bypass, you gotta remember it's an original buffered effect. So, i'd suggest you to increase the output resistor (the 22k one on the lug 2 of Level) to something like 220k. If you don't, your 12:00 volume will be WAY louder than the dry signal. Raising it to 220k, your 12:00 knob position is almost the same volume as the dry signal! (;

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  8. Wait, can i use 16v Capacitors or should i use 25/50v cause of the 18v pump charge?

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    1. Definitely higher rated ones. I would recommend 50v caps as I've seen 25v ones blow on 18v supply.

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  9. Thanks for your answer! I was in doubt about the power supply. You said original uses 12V, but then a transformer to turn 12V to 18V, right?

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  10. Anyway, i'm out of 100uF's 50v atm, i'll get tomorrow by the morning. But i'm using 2 10uF 25v and 1 63v. I think i'll just buy everything new @ 50v just for security (:

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  11. Mine didnt work. Its squelling and whinning. The sound is good before entering tone pot, and lost there. And i think the crunch and gain pots wired backward also. Any comment guys?

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