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Amp kit suggestions?

Discussion in 'Amp Building/Technical/Repair' started by Milkman, Dec 25, 2019.

  1. Milkman

    Milkman Gold Member

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    Having gained a new appreciation for the two amp kits I built a couple of years ago, I’m now seriously considering building another one.

    I would like to focus on a Fender combo or head.

    I hear lots of praise for Deluxe Reverbs, Bassmans et cetera but what would be a great Fender style amp to have?

    I’d be most grateful to hear the impressions and suggestions from anyone with experience.

    Also along with that, what are the associated layout codes (eg. Fender Tweed Deluxe is 5E3).

    I’m thinking Ceriatone for the kit as they ship from Canada, but I’m open to suggestions.

    I’m not gigging so lowish power is probably best.
     
  2. sambonee

    sambonee Gold Member

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    Ceriatone ships from Canada ? Neat. I wonder since when?

    I’d go obscure vintage fender with trem. That’s just me tho. Like a vibrolux or Tremolux. Head box is always practical. And can eliminate vibration issues if they ever arise.

    merry Christmas to all.
     
  3. jbealsmusic

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  4. Milkman

    Milkman Gold Member

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    Thanks man.

    I may be mistaken. I thought I had received my previous Ceriatone kits from the GTA somewhere.

    Tremolux looks like a 2 6V6 amp with about 15 watts.

    Other than the tremolo how similar is it to the Tweed (5E3) I have?
     
  5. 1SweetRide

    1SweetRide Gold Member

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    What about StewMac? Think one of their Fender kits is $150.00 off right now.
     
  6. jimsz

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    I was looking at those but wondered about the quality of components compared to Trinity or Ceriatone.
     
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  7. Paul M

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    My 5E3 is a trinity kit, but I am not the builder. If I were to build a kit, (and I am not at all likely to do that), I'd probably build the Ampeg B15 flip kit from trinity. For some reason I think that I'd like a bass amp that is peripherally related to Jamerson.

    Also, since I am not a bassist, and I already have too much stuff and not enough room, this won't happen.
     
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  8. sambonee

    sambonee Gold Member

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    And the fliptop is a cross over amp of great reputation.
     
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  10. Milkman

    Milkman Gold Member

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    Funny you should mention the B-15. I was looking at that one but wondered how it would sound as a guitar amp.

    What’s the difference? Is it how the tone stack is designed?

    Is there a simple mod that would effectively turn a B-15 into a guitar amp?
     
  11. knight_yyz

    knight_yyz Gold Member

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    Another vote for Trinity. Best customer service and only an email away
     
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  12. Paul M

    Paul M

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    I've never seen one up close, let alone played through one. I suspect that speaker and cabinet choice will go a long way to making it more guitar amp than bass amp. The advantage as I see it is the bass amp will have way better low end performance. Play a 7 string with a low A.....it'll sound clear and full. But this is all speculation.
     
  13. knight_yyz

    knight_yyz Gold Member

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    Isn't a bass amp just more powerful with a bigger (15") speaker? Any time I go to my brother in law's to jam for a bit I'm plugged into a bass amp and you wouldn't know it by sound.
     
  14. keto

    keto Gold Member

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    Allen Amps if you want something Blackface related.
     
  15. Scottone

    Scottone Gold Member

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    I 2nd that recommendation. I built an Old Flame kit back in the early 2000's and was very impressed with the instruction manual and parts quality.
     

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