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 30, 2017

Emanating Fist XB-70

The XB-70 is a clone of the Captain's personal '77(?) Guild Foxy Lady, which were built by Electro Harmonix and generally very similar to Ram's Head Big Muffs. In the Captain's own words, "It sounds like torn leather soaked in piss and salt smushed lovingly into ears... It is a brute of a pedal, has a really intense roar at full tilt, like any good Big Muff really." I used my old Ram's Head layout as the starting point, but altered the pot placement and it should be a nice fit in a 125B now.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tiger Pre-Amp

If you're a Dead Head, you'll probably be interested in this one. It's the pre-amp from Jerry Garcia's Tiger guitar used from '79-'89 and built by Doug Irwin. It's a unity gain buffer to prevent signal loss with long cables. It can be built into a guitar like the original or into a 1590A. Other single op-amps can be used instead of the LF356N (TL071, NE5534, etc).

Monday, June 26, 2017

Rockett 10 Ton Hammer

This appears to be Rockett's take on the Marshall Guv'nor, but with a few modifications. The tone control of the Guv'nor has been replaced with a Baxandall EQ tone stack and the output is boosted with a JFET gain stage (much like Rockett Flex Drive). Should fit nicely in a 1590B with board mounted pots.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Glass Jaw

Fuzz Friday! Here's a cool one designed by Alec Breslow (check him out on Instagram) who was cool enough to share his schematic. It's based on the EQD Acapulco Gold with an added blend control and Baxandall EQ. Good for both bass and guitar. It's laid out for board mounted pots an will fit nicely in a 1590B.

Here's the schematic for reference:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Castledine Electronics The Wizard

Here's another take on the cascaded JFET overdrive design. This has a similar goal to the Catalinbread Sabbra Cadabra in trying to sound like Tony Iommi with a treble booster feeding a tube emulator. The Wizard is...

A new distortion pedal, inspired by Tony Iommi's guitar sound on the early Black Sabbath albums. It is well known that he used a modified Rangemaster to drive his amps, so the same principle was used for The Wizard. The first gain stage is essentially a Rangemaster, using a germanium transistor, but tweaked for a full range boost. That drives a distortion circuit which has been designed to give something of the tone and feel of a Laney Supergroup amp. Obviously, there is no substitute for a full stack at volume, but The Wizard has a similar distortion character and responds well to picking dynamics. 

I've laid this out specifically for a 125B enclosure with top mounted jacks.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Catalinbread Sagrado Poblano Picoso/AMZ MOSFET Booster

The Catalinbread Sagrado Poblano Picoso is a bass version of Jack Orman's (AMZ) MOSFET Booster. Really the only difference between the two are a couple cap values. So if you want to build the AMZ version, sub the 470µF cap with a 100µF and the 220nF with a 100nF. Should be a pretty easy fit in a 1590A.

Friday, June 16, 2017

MMR Fuzz

Here's another great design by Nocentelli for Fuzz Friday. It's a fairly simple 2-transistor design with a wide range of tones on tap. Pots are all board mounted and should fit in a 1590B just fine.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MXR Distortion II

This one was kind of a sleeper. No where near as popular as MXR's Distortion +,  the Distortion II was quite a bit more complicated and ran off a 15v supply, complete with a built power cord . This layout is a bit modified from the original, and can be run off a normal pedal power supply (+9/18v). Originals also tend to be very bass heavy, so I've included a few mods to tame the low end. You might be able to fit in a 1590B, but a 125B will have a bit more room.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Little Angel V4

Had a request for this one and ended up drawing it up in Eagle. Rick Holt (frequencycentral) over on DIYSB designed this chorus and this is the latest version. It differs from earlier version with 2 toggle switches: One changes the effect from chorus to more of a vibe, and the other changes the sound (Space/Warble). I've also uploaded this to OSHPark if anyone is want's a fabricated board of this one. Best fit will probably be in a 125B.

Friday, June 9, 2017

4ms Noise Swash

Figured with all the big layouts this week, I'd better finish it off with another big one for Fuzz Friday. This one's great if you like flipping switches, playing with knobs and making a ton of noise. Not all that complicated really, just a lot of controls for tweak-ability. The original 4ms design says to use a switched pot for the Self Oscillation control, but you can use a regular pot and a separate SPST switch instead if you want. Here's the schematic for reference.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Diamond Compressor

Gotten several requests for this one and for good reason. It's probably the best optical compressor design out there. This one's not for the feint of heart, and will take up most of a 1590BB enclosure. 3 jumpers, but the pots are board mounted. The on/off indicator LED in the original is a bi-color LED that pulsates with the signal. The switches in the original are internal, but can be mounted externally for more control. Be sure to jump lugs 3 and 5 on the EQ switch. Here's the schematic for reference.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Hell's Gain

Got a request for this one. It was designed by Haroldo Gamal and Leonardo Plautz Chocron. The Hell's Gain is a high gain distortion with an active 3-bad EQ. It's a big one that ended up with a lot of jumpers, but's fairly standard with circuit using a bi-polar supply. It'll fit in a 1590BB or you might be able to squeeze it into a 125B if you turn the board sideways. Enjoy!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Emanating Fist Black Acid

The Black Acid is the big brother of the one knob Black Dust fuzz from Emanating Fist. It's a silicon Fuzz Face variant with a Drive control that pans between 2 input capacitors. It's laid out for board mounted pots and will fit nicely in a 1590B.