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Guitar Control

Stand-alone, 9V battery powered unit, Three-level input selector, three-band tone control

This preamplifier was designed as a stand-alone portable unit, useful to control the signals generated by guitar pick-ups, particularly the contact "bug" types applied to acoustic instruments. Obviously it can be used with any type of instrument and pick-up. It features a -10dB, 0dB and +10dB pre-set input selector to adjust input sensitivity, in order to cope with almost any pick-up type and model. A very long battery life is ensured by the incredibly low current consumption of this circuit, i.e. less than 800µA.

Circuit diagram:Guitar Control Circuit Diagram
Guitar Control Circuit Diagram

P1,P2_________100K Linear Potentiometers
P3____________470K Linear Potentiometer
P4_____________10K Log. Potentiometer
R1____________150K 1/4W Resistor
R2____________220K 1/4W Resistor
R3_____________56K 1/4W Resistor
R4____________470K 1/4W Resistor
R5,R6,R7_______12K 1/4W Resistors
R8,R9___________3K9 1/4W Resistors
R10,R11_________1K8 1/4W Resistors
R12,R13________22K 1/4W Resistors
C1____________220nF 63V Polyester Capacitor
C2,C8___________4µ7 63V Electrolytic Capacitors
C3_____________47nF 63V Polyester Capacitor
C4,C6___________4n7 63V Polyester Capacitors
C5_____________22nF 63V Polyester Capacitor
C7,C9_________100µF 25V Electrolytic Capacitors
IC1___________TL062 Low current BIFET Dual Op-Amp
J1,J2__________6.3mm. Mono Jack sockets
SW1______________1 pole 3 ways rotary or slider switch
SW2______________SPST Switch
B1_______________9V PP3 Battery Clip for PP3 Battery

Circuit operation:

IC1A op-amp is wired as an inverting amplifier, having its gain set by a three ways switch inserting different value resistors in parallel to R4. This input stage is followed by an active three-band tone control stage having unity gain when controls are set in their center position and built around IC1B.

Technical data:

Frequency response:
20Hz to 20KHz -0.5dB, controls flat.
Tone control frequency range:
±15dB @ 30Hz; ±19dB @ 1KHz; ±16dB @ 10KHz.
Maximum input voltage (controls flat):
900mV RMS @ +10dB input gain; 7.5V RMS @ -10dB input gain.
Maximum undistorted output voltage:
2.5V RMS.
Total Harmonic Distortion measured @ 2V RMS output:
<0.012% @ 1KHz; <0.03% @ 10KHz.
THD @ 1V RMS output:
less 0.01%
Total current drawing:
less 800µA.