Ok, I got all the supplies to build one. I got to looking at the back of the IC package, and the schematic and the package are different, which do I follow?
The back of the package is just a pinout diagram of the IC. Use that as a reference for the schem.
I broke 2 lugs off of the IC, it was the only one I got
If its an LM386, they are cheap and easy to find. Just go down to radioshack and pay their ridiculous $1.50 price and get a new one. And I would recommend using a 8pin socket if you aren't already to prevent any heat damage from soldering.
I got the last one my RS had, and yes I use sockets.