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The Official "I Built This Amp" Thread

Discussion in 'Amp Building/Technical/Repair' started by GuitarsCanada, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. GuitarsCanada

    GuitarsCanada Staff Member

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    Lets see some of those creations folks. A little story of the build would be nice as well
     
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  2. dodgechargerfan

    dodgechargerfan Gold Member

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    My 'SCAMP'

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    It's a Trinity Amps Tramp that I built in the amp camp a couple of years ago.
    https://www.guitarscanada.com/showthread.php?t=39847

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    The speaker came from a member here, StevieMac if I remember correctly.

    I use it pretty much every time I plug in.
    I've been running it without pedals lately and just using the controls to get the tone I want. Between the Power, Volume, and Master Volume, there are all kinds of tones in there. Then, start messing with the push/pull knobs and it gets fun. Pull the tone knob and the tone "widens" out. Pull the Volume knob and it switches from tweed mode to 'tude mode and you get a little Marshally.

    The chime in tweed mode is surprising. I brought the amp to my guitar lesson once and my instructor asks about the amp every time I see him. :)
     
  3. GuitarsCanada

    GuitarsCanada Staff Member

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    Nice build man
     
  4. Milkman

    Milkman Gold Member

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    This was my first build. It's a Fender Tweed clone (5E3) and I'll be playing a show with it on Saturday.

    Cabinet by Derek Bell.

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  5. sambonee

    sambonee Gold Member

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    Nice choice of amps to build. The finished wood no tolex is a classy touch. Who did the stain ? Does the amp grind well?

    I have 2 of Derrick Bell's cabinets and they're wonderful. Once you go solid pine, it's hard to go back to anything else.


     
  6. Milkman

    Milkman Gold Member

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    Thanks.

    There's no stain at all, just four coats of water based poly (doesn't smell so you can apply it without any special ventilation).

    I finished it on my bench.

    It grinds beautifully. These days it's all I play with.

    While he was at it I had him make me an extension cabinet.

    He does excellent work.

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  7. Lincoln

    Lincoln Gold Member

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    that natural pine cabinet is absolutely stunning Milkman!
     
  8. Milkman

    Milkman Gold Member

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    Thanks to Derek Bell for that. All I did was sand and finish.
     
  9. Intrepid

    Intrepid Gold Member

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    Great looking amps guys! Where is Derek Bell located? Contact info?
     
  10. Milkman

    Milkman Gold Member

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    I believe he's in Kingston (maybe Belleville).

    I PM'd you with his E-mail address.
     
  11. sambonee

    sambonee Gold Member

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    Hey Milk

    Now all you need is a branding iron and put your emblem on the wood. Then you'll be able to Strat your traditional country band. Haha. Just kidding. It's super sweet. I have 2 of his cabinets now. He's my go to builder.
     
  12. scoltx

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    Here's a Harp Amp I just recently completed. Lone Wolf Blues Company 6L6SE project circuit, turret board, faceplate and predrilled chassis. Cab is from a woodworking buddy. Weber Transformers and parts from Mouser and AES. Awesome sounding harp amp. :)

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    Scoltx
     
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  13. parkhead

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  14. Vostre Roy

    Vostre Roy

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    Well damn Scoltx, dunno what size that snake was but I didn't knew it could be use to cover two combo amps :smiley-faces-75: Scroll down to understand what I mean ahahah

    I'll start with my Weber 8CM100. Prior to that, I had no experience in amp works. In fact, I didn't even built a pedal, only practice I had with a solder gun was with my guitars electronic. I couldn't tell the difference between a capacitor and a resistor, even less read a schematic. It was only 2 years ago! Amp is working well now, suffered many mods too, next one will be the add of a separate EQ for the clean channel. Also, my friend who own the Halle below is working with his father to build an headcase for both our amps, should be done somewhere before summer lol.

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    At band rehearsal. Forgive the Quebec Gold flag, artifact from my college years lol

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    Next project was my friend's Weber Halle. He ordered his kits at the same time I ordered mine but he couldn't make it works. Once my 8CM100 was done, I offered to check if I could fix it, wich I was able to do, beside the master volume. I then changed it for a LarMar type PPIMV, wich does wonders. Also changed all post to Alphas and rewired the preamp almost entirely. Now the amp works like a charm and it has some sweet tones coming out of it. It is apparently voiced like a Dumble Overdrive Special, so I'll never be able to try it agains't the real thing though

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    A before/after picture. Top picture is before the pots overhaul and PPIMV install

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    Another friend asked me if I could build him a Marshall clone amp. Since he wanted to have a 50w tube combo for less than a grand, I went with yet another Weber kit. That time though, we went for a Weber cabinet and speaker to go along, he decided to get a Snakeskin tolex, the result is quite amazing. Amp is working real fine now, modded it a bit (LarMar PPIMV, dual pot for the channel's gain and a switch that toggle between regular plexi, jumper channel and channel cascading). He should come and get his amp sometime this month, hopes he'll be happy with it

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    Finally, my 1972 Traynor Bassmaster. I got that amp for 100$, lots of components were missing inside and, of course, the amp was not working at all because of that. I replaced the turret board, cleaned all the rust on the chassis, changed the pots for some Weber I had laying around after the overheaul of my friend's Halle (not as good as Alphas, better than the ones that were in it), replaced a couple of value to match a Plexi, added the same switch that I've done in my friend's 6M45P, added a PPIMV and an adjustable bias. Amp has a shitload of clean headroom, thanks to the massive Hammonds irons, but it still has the plexi brown sound.

    Amp as I got it

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  15. Vostre Roy

    Vostre Roy

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    After my restauration work

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    And thats all for now, my next project will have their own dedicated threads.

    Cheers folks!

    Y.V. Roy
     
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