Sine Wave Generator (1KHz Frequency)

This is iKHz sine wave generator circuit built based on configuration of inverted Wien bridge (see C1-R3 & C2-R4). R5 and R7 used for output amplutide setting. Set R5 to read 1V RMS on an Audio Millivoltmeter connected to the output with R7 rotated fully clockwise, or to view a sinewave of 2.828V Peak-to-Peak amplitude on the oscilloscope.

Sine Wave Generator circuit diagram

Component list:
R1____________5K6  1/4W Resistor
R2____________1K8 1/4W Resistor
R3,R4________15K 1/4W Resistors
R5__________500R 1/2W Trimmer Cermet
R6__________330R 1/4W Resistor
R7__________470R Linear Potentiometer

C1,C2________10nF 63V Polyester Capacitors
C3__________100µF 25V Electrolytic Capacitor
C4__________470nF 63V Polyester Capacitor

Q1,Q2_______BC238 25V 100mA NPN Transistors
LP1___________12V 40mA Filament Lamp Bulb (See Notes)
J1__________Phono chassis Socket
SW1__________SPST Slider Switch
B1_____________9V PP3
Clip for 9V PP3 Battery


  • The bulb must be a low current type (12V 40-50mA or 6V 50mA) in order to obtain good long term stability and low distortion.
  • Using a bulb differing from specifications may require a change of R6 value to 220 or 150 Ohms to ensure proper circuit's oscillation.
  • With C1, C2 = 100nF the frequency generated is 100Hz and with C1, C2 = 1nF frequency is 10KHz but R5 requires adjustment.
  • High gain transistors are preferred for better performance.