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Let's See Your Amps

jubal81

Member
Anyway, here's my main amp that I'm really pleased with. It started life as a Winfield Cyclone (EF86 AC15 style), but after many problems, returns, new transformers and a replacement, I decided to just totally gut it and do my own thing. Not a single issue, including no hum for 2 years now.

Added a cap switch like a Matchless
Added Grid stop resistors
Biased it more sensibly and upped screen resistors so it doesn't eat EL84s
Added a 'squish' compression mod on the EF86
Added a voltage control
Princeton-style treble cut tone control
Sozo film caps
F&T filter caps
1W and 2W Carbon film resisors

And as a Tom Petty devotee, I called it the Wilbury and put the Wildflowers logo on it. Love how this thing sounds and how versatile it is.


 

thewintersoldier

Active member
I have had lots of amps over the 25 years I've been playing, from crate, marshall, fender, bogie, peavey and some others. my longest period was as a blackface/silverface devotee once I learned I dug old school non master volume amps and tube rectifier sag. I got tired of fighting the mid scoop and thats when I got into tweed era amps. I had a 76 silverface champ and a richter 5e3 and sold them when I got my sound in one amp. My tungsten buckwheat. super versatile. Can take 6l6 at 30 watts or 6v6 at 20 watts. 2 channels to be jumpered or ran single. One channel tailored to single coils and one to humbuckers. Oversized cab and scumback g12H30 speaker sound glorious. Takes pedals like a champ, has great clean and OD tones. Cleans up great on volume knob and sounds huge. My amp search is over.

 

thewintersoldier

Active member
I've built a few struggling to give them all enough playtime...
A Matchless Lightning inspired one, scratch built:



5F1 hotrodded





Dumble OD special HRM 50 W based on Ceriatone Kit



Matchless Hotbox and Marshall JCM800 preamp plus tube fx loop





Matchless Vox inspired



Phat 16 project inspired with additional fx loop and inbuilt pcb based reverb

If they sound half as good as they look then I might as well just go deaf now! That's some real amp porn cooder, hawt dayum!
 

cooder

Active member
Cooder, your work is the best I've seen on the entire friggin internet.
Too much kudos , Jason.... there's so much amazing stuff out there from all you guys! Thanks anyway, I'll take it as a high five in lockdown times.
If they sound half as good as they look then I might as well just go deaf now! That's some real amp porn cooder, hawt dayum!
Cheers Dude! I like to think they sound great and I know I might be a bit biased. Anyway, good fun doing DIY and making things.
 

Chuck D. Bones

Well-known member
All I can say is GODDAMN! I am blown away. What an impressive set of rigs, one and all! Beautiful hand-built amps! What craftsmanship!

No pix of mine, yet.
My amps:
Ampeg V4B - way too loud
Earth Sound Research G-2000 (American Marshall clone) - use to be way too loud, needs a new power tranny after my brother killed it by playing a drum synth thru it.
Monoprice 15W combo - Laney C15 clone
Monoprice 5W combo - Laney Cub8 clone

I use the two Monoprices in my practice room, in stereo.
I recently refurbed a '66 Deluxe Reverb for a friend of mine, what a sweet amp! All original, it only needed new electrolytic caps and a few CC power resistors that had drifted way out of spec. The 50+ year old tubes all measured in spec.
 

DGWVI

Well-known member
All of these handmade amps having me wanting to build a tube amp, but the only tube amp I've ever really gotten on with was a '64 Bassman. Any one know of a kit? ;)
 

phi1

Well-known member
I think mojotone has all the parts for a blackface bassman. Not sure why they don’t offer it as a complete kit.
 

chongmagic

Well-known member
All I can say is GODDAMN! I am blown away. What an impressive set of rigs, one and all! Beautiful hand-built amps! What craftsmanship!

No pix of mine, yet.
My amps:
Ampeg V4B - way too loud
Earth Sound Research G-2000 (American Marshall clone) - use to be way too loud, needs a new power tranny after my brother killed it by playing a drum synth thru it.
Monoprice 15W combo - Laney C15 clone
Monoprice 5W combo - Laney Cub8 clone

I use the two Monoprices in my practice room, in stereo.
I recently refurbed a '66 Deluxe Reverb for a friend of mine, what a sweet amp! All original, it only needed new electrolytic caps and a few CC power resistors that had drifted way out of spec. The 50+ year old tubes all measured in spec.
I have a Monoprice 15W as well, and a Fender DRRI,
 

Nostradoomus

Well-known member
I was going to pull the trigger on the little 5w monoprice but they just jumped up in price for no reason (on the CDN distributor site) 🤷‍♂️
 

bretvh

Member
Here is mine... Signal is split at my pedalboard. Distortion from a Suhr Riot clone and wet effects to to the early Laney Pro Tube Lead 50w (Marshall JCM800 knockoff) into a beat-to-hell Egnater 4x12 w/ V30s. Dry signal via low-end fuzz (currently a Fuzz War, but soon to be the Arkaim Fuzz I just finished) goes into this weird little boutique head someone gave me (it's a 30w SLO-100 clone... but not quite), into a Mitchell Sand Cabinet 2x12 with, I believe, some vintage '80s bass Celestions. The two together sound fairly devastating—it's fun.
 

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BurntFingers

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i loooooove the maverick
Me too and they're such sleepers. Hardly anyone had heard of them but they've got the sweetest clean sound I've ever heard. The drive is a bit woofy (well, like an ac30) but that clean is something else and I'm a chugga chugga guy.
 

JetFixxxer

Active member
One day I will build my own amp.. well at a least a kit. I don't have the knowledge to know by changing "X" component I will get "Y" results.
 

CodyTheWizard

New member
Don't judge my clutter too harshly. I mostly use the Sunn T50C, but when I replace the power tubes of my Laney AOR 50 I'll probably use that more. My cab is a Sunn 610 that I got at a really killer price. When the quarantine is lifted out here I'll be grabbing a Peavey TKO65 for very, very cheap as well. I have no idea why I need so much power, but I do.
 

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