How to make an electric guitar distorter

If you are a musician or a fan of electric guitars, you will surely have a distortion device among your effects. In case you don't have one or if you want to create your own distortion device that meets your expectations, in the following post we will see how to make an electric guitar distorter.

Distorter for electric guitar


- A resistor (R1) of 100 ohms.

- Two resistors (R2 and R6) of 10 kilo Ohms.

- Two resistors (R3 and R10) of 15 kilo Ohms.

- A resistor (R4) of 2.2 kilo Ohms.

- A 470 kilo Ohm trimmer resistor (R5).

- A resistor (R7) of 33 kilo Ohms.

- A resistor (R9) of 8.2 kilo Ohms.

- A 5.6 kilo Ohm resistor (R11).

- Six 10 mF/16V electrolytic capacitors (C1, C2, C4, C5, C6 and C8).

- A 3.3 nF polyester capacitor (C3).

- An electrolytic capacitor (C7) of 227 mF/16V.

- Three npn transistors (TR1, TR2 and TR3) of type BD546.

- A metal button switch (S1).

- A double logarithmic or linear potentiometer (P1) of 50 kilo Ohms.

- 2 6.33mm mono and panel jacks or connectors.

- A 9V power supply.

Construction of the distorter

The construction of the distorter is simple. First, we create an input with one of the connectors and in series we place the switch S1, then we make two divisions inside the circuit. The first one keeps the circuit open and has no distortion, while the second one closes the whole circuit and allows you to enjoy the distortion.

The construction of the circuit must be the same as shown in the following diagram:

Guitar distortion diagram

In an area parallel to the output connector jack, we must place a 9V power supply, which can be a square battery.

The circuit can be placed inside a metal box with internal coating, a plastic or acrylic box, or a wooden box, and can be placed after a pre-amp or other guitar effect.

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