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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:18 pm    Post subject: 5E3 Proluxe Reply with quote

I've always wanted to build my own amp. One major stumbling block is that aside from soldering guitar cables and a little reading I was basically an electronics neophyte.

Of course I'm not bright enough to let a little thing like that get in my way. I decided to build the 5E3 Proluxe which is a 30 watt version of the Fender Tweed Deluxe.

I bought a bag of parts and a case from Dave at Boot Hill. Other than a couple bad capacitors it was a quick way to aquire most of my parts and reasonably priced too. Next amp I am going to buy all individual parts but for my first it was a good option. I then bought the transformers seperately.

I've got all the components and leads solderd to the turret board. I'm also working on a speaker cabinet and head which are coming along pretty well. They are kind of large but I don't plan on moving the thing around and I wanted to make a visual impact.

Heres a web page I put together to document the process...

http://thegreatvoid.net/Web/Avocations/AmpBuild.html
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cool .... I'll be watching.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi LT Bob!

Well I got the whole cabinet put together.



So far so good. Then I tried staining it which didn't turn out as well. First I tried Honey Oak which was a lousy bright yellow. I went over it with Golden Oak which is a nice color but didn't go on as evenly as I would like. For some reason there seemed to be dead spots where the stain didn't want to take. I am going to try sanding it lightly and going over it again.



I tried using putty to even out cracks and gaps but honestly I didn't like how that worked out. I crammed the stuff in the openings and sanded but the putty splotch is more noticable than the crack was.

I'll be hitting the soldering iron this Wednesday evening and advance the electronics some more. I haven't touched it in a few weeks. My goal is to at least get the tone controls and tube sockets soldered.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've probably stumbled on the reason why most commercial amps don't go the stain route - buying wood that's good enough to work with adds nothing to the sound, but adds to the cost.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually it's just pine. I consider this my prototype. I didn't want to mess up too much on expensive wood. Still the grain on the Pine looks decent, if I can manage to get it stained right.

I'm sure you are right about commercial amps. They avoid expensive woods to help keep the price competative. You can get custom cabs for Boogies but they are a fortune.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

those spots are where there's a lot of pine sap .... that sticky feeling area. Sanding MIGHT help.

looking good though.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhhh thats what it is. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally finished my Proluxe and not only did it not burst into flames but it actually sounds killer.

I posted a cheezy sample of it's maiden voyage. Not really playing anything, just goofing off to prove it works.

http://youtu.be/HfwfRBkb8QE

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And works really well by the sounds of things. What's in the cab?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a 2x12 with a Celestion Greenbavk on top and a more modern sounding JBL on bottom although I forget teh model number. I'll look after work tonight and post it.

I had read it was a good idea to mix speakers like that and the result was good.
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