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, May 31, 2019

ProAnalog MkIII Fuzz

Here's a variation of the classic Tone Bender Mk II Professional from ProAnalog Devices. It uses PNP transistors, so you'll have to use either a battery or voltage inverter to daisy chain this with other pedals. It seems they've used several different transistors, but they're outlined in the schematic from Scotty himself. Easy fit in a 1590B. And if you want to make it as a negative ground effect, use NPN germanium transistors and flip all polarized components in the layout.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Bass Direct Box

Got a request for the DI portion of the Hartke LH1000 bass amp. This is more or less that, but with a simplified power section. In the amp this runs off a bipolar 15 volt supply, but I would think it would also work with regular 9 volt supply. There's not an unbalanced output, but if you need to add that you can probably add it off pin 3 of the XLR. Schematic for reference.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Escobedo MOSFET Duende

Here's a simple MOSFET-based booster circuit that'd be a nice alternative to the SHO. Should fit in a 1590A. FYI, the 1N4739 diode in the layout is a 9.1v zener. Here's the schematic for reference.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Gotten a couple requests for this one. Here's Bajaman's second take at his AFD circuit with a better frequency response than the first AFD. More info here on FSB. Should fit nicely in a 1590B.

Friday, May 17, 2019


Got a request for this one for Fuzz Friday. The Tone Bender Mk.II Professional is essentially a Fuzz Face with an extra gain stage up front. The Fuzz-Bender basically puts the extra gain stage of the Mk. II on a switch, allowing you to more or less switch between a Tone Bender and a Fuzz Face. Layout is based on this schematic.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

EQD Arrows

I traced this one a while back and created the Lawn Darts PCB over on the store from it. About time I made a perf and etch layout. If a Rangemaster and an Electra ever got together and had a baby, the Arrows would be the baby. Should be an easy fit in a 1590A with the pot board mounted.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Barcus-Berry 3000A

Stumbled across this schematic on FSB. It's a buffer/EQ/preamp for peizo pickups, specifically all Barcus-Berry electret microphone systems. I figured most would be building this into an instrument and not a pedal, so all the pots are off-board. If you're planning on running it only off a 9v battery, you cab get away without the power filter cap (47uF) or the polarity protection diode (1N4001).

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Baja Reactor

This one was requested ages ago and I got halfway through laying it out, and then promptly forgot about it. It's a power amp/speaker cabinet simulator, emulating a SLO power amp and a couple different speaker cabinets based on the value used for CX (see schematic for values). This layout follows the Rev4 schematic from the thread here on FSB.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Royal Albert Hall Bender

Happy Fuzz Friday everyone! Got a request for this one put forth on FSB. It's based on the ThroBak sTone Bender, which itself is just a straight clone of the Tone Bender Mk II Professional. The layout is setup for positive ground and PNP transistors. You can use a voltage inverter daughter board or flip any polarized components and use NPN transistors if you want to daisy chain this with other effects. Also, I added a 1k limiting resistor of the bias pot (far upper right side of the board) that may need to be adjusted to taste. Easy fit in a 1590B.