Tube Head Pre-amp

This is a simple and low cost Tube Head Vacuum Tube pre-amp circuit designed bu PAiA electronics:

tubehead circuit diagram

Vcc – Pin 1 IC1
+12v – Pin 8 IC2, IC3, IC4
-12v – Pin 4 IC2, IC3, IC4
Ground – Pin 8 IC1

IC1 – 4049 CMOS Hex Inverting Buffer
IC2, 3, 4 – 5532 Dual Low-Noise OpAmp
D1, 2 – 1N4001
D3, 4, 5, 6, 7 – 1N4148
All 1uf caps 50v all others 25v unless
marked otherwise.
All resistors 1/4W, 5%

Channel 2 is identicle to Channel 1, and uses IC4b for the clipping meter and IC3 for the input/output driver. The input impedance of the TubeHead is about 20k ohms, which is consistant with most gear like Synths, Effects Processors, Mixers, EQs, and so on. 20k is too low for a proper match with high impedance sources like guitar pickups, but a few minor changes take care of this. To use the Tube Head as a instrument pickup preamp, remove the 47k* resistor and the 20pf capacitor from the feedback loop of the driving Op-Amp. Then change the 47k” resistor to 680k and the 22k resistor in the feedback loop of the driving OpAmp to 100k. Now the Tube Head can be used to warm up a cold sounding guitar amp or just provide a great preamp tone.

Designed/Manufactured by PAiA Electronics

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