Robert Paul – I’m curious why you believe moving the 8K2 resistor has any bearing. As far as the electric\electroninc potential goes, I discern no difference between the first stripboard image and the second – and fail to nee any electric potential different between where it is on the layout – electronically, its the same schematic-wise. It’s still connects at the junction of the collector of the 2nd transistor and lug #2 of the “LOUDNESS’ pot. Does have more to do with layout than the actual components for the layout to avoid proximity interference?
And yes, the old Heathkit TA-28 fuzz circuit is noisy as the circuit is a high-gain construct.