Guitar Amplifier
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10W Old-Style ultra-compact Combo

Two inputs - Overdrive - Treble-enhancement

10W Guitar Amplifier


P1______________4K7  Linear Potentiometer
P2_____________10K   Log. Potentiometer

R1,R2__________68K   1/4W Resistors
R3____________220K   1/4W Resistor
R4,R6,R11_______4K7  1/4W Resistors
R5_____________27K   1/4W Resistor
R7______________1K   1/4W Resistor
R8______________3K3  1/2W Resistor
R9______________2K   1/2W Trimmer Cermet
R10___________470R   1/4W Resistor
R12_____________1K5  1/4W Resistor
R13___________470K   1/4W Resistor
R14____________33K   1/4W Resistor

C1____________100pF   63V Ceramic Capacitor
C2____________100nF   63V Polyester Capacitor
C3____________470µF   35V Electrolytic Capacitor
C4____________220nF   63V Polyester Capacitor (Optional, see Notes)
C5_____________47µF   25V Electrolytic Capacitor (Optional, see Notes)
C6______________1µF   63V Polyester Capacitor
C7,C8,C9,C10___47µF   25V Electrolytic Capacitors
C11____________47pF   63V Ceramic Capacitor
C12__________1000µF   35V Electrolytic Capacitor
C13__________2200µF   35V Electrolytic Capacitor

D1_____________5mm. Red LED
D2,D3________1N4004  400V 1A Diodes

Q1,Q2________2N3819   General-purpose N-Channel FETs
Q3____________BC182   50V 200mA NPN Transistor
Q4____________BD135   45V 1.5A NPN Transistor (See Notes)
Q5____________BDX53A  60V 8A NPN Darlington Transistor
Q6____________BDX54A  60V 8A PNP Darlington Transistor

J1,J2________6.3mm. Mono Jack sockets

SW1____________1 pole 3 ways rotary switch (Optional, see Notes)
SW2____________SPST Mains switch

F1_____________1.6A Fuse with socket

T1_____________220V Primary, 48V Center-tapped Secondary 20 to 30VA Mains transformer

PL1____________Male Mains plug

SPKR___________One or more speakers wired in series or in parallel
               Total resulting impedance: 8 or 4 Ohm
               Minimum power handling: 20W

Circuit description:

The aim of this design is to reproduce a Combo amplifier of the type very common in the 'sixties and the 'seventies of the past century. It is well suited as a guitar amplifier but it will do a good job with any kind of electronic musical instrument or microphone.
5W power output was a common feature of these widespread devices due to the general adoption of a class A single-tube output stage (see the Vox AC-4 model).
Furthermore, nowadays we can do without the old-fashioned Vib-Trem feature frequently included in those designs.
The present circuit can deliver 10W of output power when driving an 8 Ohm load, or about 18W @ 4 Ohm.
It also features a two-FET preamplifier, two inputs with different sensitivity, a treble-cut control and an optional switch allowing overdrive or powerful treble-enhancement.
Technical data are quite impressive for so simple a design:

Sensitivity: 30mV input for 10W output
Frequency response: 40 to 20KHz -1dB
Total harmonic distortion @ 1KHz and 10KHz, 8 Ohm load: below 0.05% @ 1W, 0.08% @ 3.5W, 0.15% at the onset of clipping (about 10W).


  • SW1 and related capacitors C4 & C5 are optional.
  • When SW1 slider is connected to C5 the overdrive feature is enabled.
  • When SW1 slider is connected to C4 the treble-enhancer is enabled.
  • C4 value can be varied from 100nF to 470nF to suit your treble-enhancement needs.
  • In all cases where Darlington transistors are used as the output devices it is essential that the sensing transistor (Q4) should be in as close thermal contact with the output transistors as possible. Therefore a TO126-case transistor type was chosen for easy bolting on the heatsink, very close to the output pair.
  • To set quiescent current, remove temporarily the Fuse F1 and insert the probes of an Avo-meter in the two leads of the fuse holder.
  • Set the volume control to the minimum and Trimmer R9 to its minimum resistance.
  • Power-on the circuit and adjust R9 to read a current drawing of about 25 to 30mA.
  • Wait about 15 minutes, watch if the current is varying and readjust if necessary.

Title: Guitar Amplifier
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Published on: 2005-02-01
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