Thanks for your reply Tom. My follow up reply is no doubt typically newbie. As far as mounting C and B of the transistor onto the socket, I can only dumbfoundedly ask, "what socket?" Bear with me.
A engineer friend of mine advised me to check my grounds, that all ground wires must be soldered to the same place. This is something that I had to redo, as one of the ground wires soldered to the point where the 47K resistor and the 100K resistor are soldered together (is there a succint term for a solder point?).
Reset the ground wires and was met with no gain, but a guitar signal. This got me excited until I realized I had plug the guitar into the output and amp into the input, therefore reversing the whole circuit. Genius! Why I go a signal that time is beyond me.
Finally, after experimenting with the ground wires in about three different positions, my poor little perfboard was starting to look like Bahgdad. I was get a bit of guitar just peeking through the buzz when I whacked the strings HARD. I've decided to chalk this one up to learning and redo the circuit later this week. Here are a few specific questions that I can ask now from my experience.
1. My Dip 8 IC was a bit wobbly on the board after I pushed the 2n2222 into it. Could this have been my problem? Did I break it?
2. Do my resistors need to be 1 watt or 1/2 watt?
3. Do all of the grounded wires touch the entry solder point of the 47K resistor (not where it crosses with the 22uF capacitor, but the other entry point?
4. The colors of my resistors do not match those in the pictoral. Do the resistors need to face a specific direction according to color?
5. What part of the stereo (and likewise the mono) jack is the tip, sleeve, and ring exactly? I realize that this is illustrated, but it was hard for me to make out from the images.
I realize this is a lot of information. I'm sure I'll become less verbal with more experience. Thanks for your help.