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REV:

Initial design: R. Aiken

Added relay snubbers

Removed 5V regulator

Note: the input switcher section can be eliminated if desired, and the inputs of the two
amplfiers can be connected with a "Y" cord, but the dummy load resistors in the
output section will dissipate the entire power of the "off" amplifier.
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G U I T A R INPUT

TO AMP 1 INPUT

F R O M A M P 1 O U T P UT

K1

J1

J2

TO SPEAKER

J3

K2
J4

4
1

TO AMP 2 INPUT

D?
J6

K3

J5

4
1

2
S W S P ST

ISOLATED PHONE JACK

ISOLATED PHONE JACK


R6
120

1N4148

2
5

VCC

SW1

16
8
4

1RSW3

R7
82

R4
8 ohm/50W

Relay contacts must handle at


least 5A for 100W operation.

R5
8 ohm/50W

Possible relays:

1
3
R3
470/5W

VCC

Relay contacts must be rated for


low-level, "dry circuit" operation.

VCC

0.1uF

ISOLATED PHONE JACK


R2
8 ohm/50W

S1

VCC

IMPEDANCE
SELECTOR

G R O U ND LIFT

C?
0.1uF

1N4148

VCC

F R O M A M P 2 O U T P UT

2
1

D?

RELAY DPDT

VCC
C?

VCC

2
5

VCC

R1
470/5W

ISOLATED PHONE JACK


ISOLATED PHONE JACK
VCC

ISOLATED PHONE JACK

Omron G5V2-DC5 (Digi Key Z767-ND)

R8
8 ohm/50W

O m r o n G 5 L E - 1 - D C 5 ( D igiKey Z720-ND)
2

H a s c o K L T 1 C12DC5
H a s c o K L T 1 C12DC6
3

R10
2
4.7K

(Note: pin numbers may be


incorrect for chosen relay)

Q1
2N3904

R9
8 ohm/50W

O m r o n G 5 L E - 1 4 - D C 5 ( D igiKey Z776-ND)

D2
RED LED

AMP 2
D1
GREEN LED

AMP 1

O m r o n G 5 V 2 - H 1 - D C 5 ( D i giKey Z108-ND)

Possible relays:

O m r o n G 5 V 2 - H - D C 5 ( D i g iKey Z770-ND)

F O O TSWITCH

ISOLATED PHONEJACK

J7

S2
S W S P ST

FRONT PANEL
SELECT

POLYMER FUSE

(FOOTSWITCH OVERRIDES)

F1

JP1

5 V D C I N PUT
300mA

1
2

VCC

R X E040
CONN PWR

DigiKey RXE040-ND

Notes:
(1) Input section and speaker-level sections must be physically isolated from each ot her, preferably
with a grounded metal shield running between them.

This circuit may be built for personal use only. This


document may not be copied, distributed, or
reproduced in any form, and this circuit may not be
used in any commercial products without the express
written consent of Aiken Amplification.

(2) Suggest using a "wall-wart" 5VDC supply, such as the Cui Stack DPR050030-P-6 available from
DigiKey as part number T309-ND ($10.00 - http://www.digikey.com).
(3) Both amplifiers MUST have their third prong AC cord safety ground pins intact, with the chassis properly
grounded. Do not use this device with older two-prong type amplifiers, or amplifiers with a "pol arity" switch.
A

AIKEN AMPLIFICATION

(4) Speaker and input jacks MUST be isolated from the metal chassis for proper operation and ground loop prevention.

Duluth, GA

(5) All "VCC" points connect together, and all "ground" symbols connect to gether.

TEL: 770-279-2492
F AX: 770-279-9189

(6) Use this device at your own risk! There is a chance of damaging a tube amplifier if the load is disconnected
while playing. No guarantee of any kind is made as to the suitability of this device for any production amplifier.
Aiken Amplification assumes no responsibility if you damage your amplifier through the use of t his device!

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The HeadSwitch: Amplifier Routing Switcher


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