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.

Friday, June 8, 2018

EarthQuaker Devices Dirt Transmitter

To close out EarthQuaker week, here's the Dirt Transmitter. I traced this one myself and below is a video showing the process. It's similar to a Fuzz Face, but a little different. I found this description from (I'm assuming) Jamie over on TGP:

I guess it's kinda like a fuzz face but it started as two gain stages running into each other with an input gain control and a sag on the second stage (bias). Voltage feedback was added and it became similar to a fuzz face in topology but it sounds nothing like one IMO. In this case the sound is totally dependent on the transistors, replace them and it's a whole different beast.

Here's my video on tracing the circuit as well as a demo:


Here's the schematic:

And the layout:

You can also order a few boards from OshPark here.


Added a perf layout for this based off the Eagle board above.


  1. Wow, well done! You are a treasure for DIY community!

  2. You're a stud, David! Thank you for all you do!

  3. Epic post. I already ordered some components. 🙃😬

  4. just an FYI. on your perf layout the 100p from the base to collector of Q1 should be a 470p according to your schematic and your top layout.

  5. built it. verified! it sounds awesome. thanks for drawing up the layout!

  6. here's pic pf my finished build:

  7. Awesome job.. good video! Good to follow you!