18 watt Marshall 1974X clone build

My current amplifier build.

This without a doubt has been my hardest, most frustrating build to date. It’s also been a great learning experience thanks to some very helpful people in the “Hand Wired Amp House” group on Facebook. At some point I’ll have worked out the bugs and will post a video clip here.

The FB plugin I used for this gallery is borked from time to time. I’ll need to rebuild this gallery manually. Thanks for understanding.


From 18 Watt Marshall build. Posted by Robert Weeks on 1/05/2016 (15 items)

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The source of my frustration:

Sleepwalk

I’ve probably played this song 10,000 times. I’m sure it’s etched into the minds of everyone in this house. I’ve worked out different ways of playing it and I can pretty much play it with my eyes shut *unless* you put me in front of a video camera. So that’s what I spent my time doing tonight while my wife and kids are out at the Hurricanes game. For some reason I freeze up in front of the camera. Anyway….. This take was the best of the bunch tonight. I built the amp, a tweed Fender Deluxe clone and the reverb unit, a clone of a Fender 6G15. The guitar is a Gretsch DuoJet and I run it through a Klon KTR and a tc electronic delay setup as a slapback echo. It’s only a few minutes long and worth watching for the blooper I put in at the end of the video.

Got Gretsch?

 

My G6120SSU Brian Setzer Nashville & G6128TCG Duo Jet

My G6120SSU Brian Setzer Nashville & G6128TCG Duo Jet

 

As I’ve gotten older I find myself moving away from the standard Gibson and Fender guitars to Gretsch guitars. I wish I had discovered these years ago, especially the DuoJet. I’ve never played a guitar that felt so right in my hands before. It’s been one of the nicer things about growing older.

Mojotone Fender 6G15 Reverb Clone


“From Wikipedia: “The Fender Reverb Unit (6G15) was a tube, spring reverb-equipped effects unit made by Fender. The Reverb Unit was originally introduced in 1961. It was discontinued in 1966 and was replaced by a solid-state model, the FR1000.[1] The unit features three controls: Dwell, Mix and Tone and is run by two pre-amp tubes and a power tube. Physically the unit looks like a small amplifier head and since the early ’60s the unit has become synonymous with surf music”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fender_Reverb_Unit”

From Mojotone Fender 6G15 Reverb Clone. Posted by Robert Weeks on 9/25/2015 (12 items)

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(Mojotone Fender 6G15 Reverb Clone; 11 photos)

Tweed Deluxe Amp Build


From Tweed Deluxe Amp Build. Posted by Robert Weeks on 8/04/2014 (16 items)

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(Tweed Deluxe Amp Build; 16 photos)

Champ Amp Build


“Video of the finished amp: https://vimeo.com/100142039”

From Champ Amp Build. Posted by Robert Weeks on 1/26/2013 (15 items)

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(Champ Amp Build; 15 photos)