The Electra distortion is a very simple circuit that's been tweaked to the moon and back by a lot of people. We've been asked countless times for a version of it, so here we go.

Available in a few different flavours, all very simple builds on the same PCB:

  • Electrica - not emulating anything in particular, just nice tones.
  • Tweedy - in the realm of a Tweed 5E3.
  • Champion - getting it's Fender Champ on.

Kit is available with a standard sized 1590B enclosure with battery, or a mini 1590A (36 x 90mm) enclosure with DC power only, though be aware that you'll be wiring in a very confined space.

You may also like the look of Just The Meat, Cone Cranker and Box of Tone 50. Yes, we could have made a more complex PCB to accommodate all the variations, but we wanted to keep the footprint as small as possible.

(We'll sort a better picture - quality control department had the day off)

Partial kit: PCB, all board-mounted components, pots.

Full kit: As above, plus footswitch and appropriate daughterboard/components for your selected bypass type (see Downloads section for details of those), jack sockets, DC socket, battery snap, hook-up wire, LED.

Enclosure (pre-drilled) is only available with full kits, and will (1590B) / will not (1590A) take a battery. Knobs are not included.

Builds are only available with full kits including enclosure. Please choose appropriate knobs.

Difficulty: Easy

PCB size: 25 x 22mm

Knobs required: 1

Enclosure: 1590B, 1590A

Direct-Connect compatible (4-way)



Pedal Parts



£19.20 inc. tax

£16.00 ex. tax
? Tax based on United Kingdom.

Customer Reviews

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Tweed variant 4 product stars
"I built the Tweedy version, although I ended up using a different set of clipping diodes, some D9Es I had hanging around. I think I preferred those to the recommended ones. It only really does one sound, and doesn't clean up from the guitar volume much. But, that one sound is pretty good. Think early Jimmy Page. There's quite a bit of gain on tap, and some bottom end roll off. So it makes for a nice crunchy tweedy kind of sound." Matt McG - 05/08/2018

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Full kits DO NOT include enclosures unless you select them in the 'Kit Type' drop-down menu.

Don't forget to download the appropriate daughterboard build document for your kit:
Standard 3PDT