If you’ve ordered up our JDM Pedals “NPN Germanium Transistor Kit” (or have your own selection), then you’re ready to build some smokin’ pedal circuits. For the Tonebender Mk2, try lower gain (60-80 Hfe) in Q1 and Q2, and an AC130 in Q3 (they have a bit more leakage, which is good in this position) with a slightly higher gain range (Hfe 90-120).
Generally, this circuit is quite high gain, so Hfe of 60-80 in all positions will work just fine. If you find it is far too fuzzy, especially with humbucking/high output pickups, try some series resistance at the input and/or even lower gain transistors!
Here’s the layout as a PDF: Tonebender MK2 NPN Transistor Layout joedocmusic
Drop comments below if you have questions! cheers, joe
Image seems to crop out the pots and stuff. also are the black dots cuts?
Sorry about that – image was some somehow cropped! I’ve added a link to download a PDF with the full image and some tips as well. The black dot are cuts. cheers, joe
Sorry about that – image was some somehow cropped! I’ve added a link to download a PDF with the full image and some tips as well. The black dot are cuts, yes. cheers, joe