Here’s a simple video demonstration of a do-it-yourself guitar amplifier footswitch, designed to replicate a Vox VFS-2 (2-button, no LED) model. While this footswitch model is intended to be used with Vox amps such as AD15/30/50/100VT, AD100VTH and V9168R, it should work with many other guitar amplifiers as well. The project uses a 1/4 inch […]
This tutorial will show you how to create your own turret board, to be used in building a guitar amplifier. I’ll cover a procedure for cutting the G-10 circuit board material, drilling the holes and installing the turrets to build a complete custom electronic circuit board. Like most things, there are many different approaches to […]
We think many Guitar Kit Builder readers will be interested to check out the Solid State Guitar Amp Forum at www.SSGuitar.com. This is a forum-based website devoted to building, fixing and modifying solid state guitar amplifiers and associated gear. It was started in 2006 and has flourished ever since, with members from all over the […]
Vacuum tube guitar amplifiers get the majority of attention from kit builders and tone purists, and with good reason. Tube amps definitely set the bar for the most highly sought after and classic guitar tones. The much maligned and often misunderstood solid state guitar amplifier has, over the years, become the “ugly stepsister” to its […]
Here’s a nice build of the www.AX84.com High Octane 5 watt guitar amplifier project. The Hi-Octane is a great rock and roll amp in a small package. It is similar to the AX84 P1 project but with an extra preamplifier section for more distortion. The amp features a high gain 12ax7 preamplifier section, a Class […]
Here’s an inexpensive dual footswitch project using a a candy tin and simple switches. The switch was built for the Roland Cube 30 amplifier as an alternative to purchasing the Boss FS-6 Footswitch, which retails for around $55.00.
Amp Maker (www.ampmaker.com) is a Suffolk, England based maker of tube amplifier kits, started in 2005. Their design approach is to make good tone affordable. The Amp Maker line of kits today include: Woodface 55 (WF-55) – Their easiest to build kit, with 4 watts of tweed-voiced tone with a mahogany control panel. The Woodface […]
Here are some time-tested tips on how to avoid causing damage to, and for extending the life of, your vacuum tube guitar amplifier: SAFETY 1. There are dangerous high-voltages inside the amplifier that can cause shock, injury or death. Due to capacitors which store an electrical charge, these voltages can be present even when the […]
As guitar players we always want to operate our amplifier at its “sweet spot,” that combination of volume, drive and other controls where it has the sound that we crave. Unfortunately that “spot” is often louder than local conditions, such as your home or apartment, will permit. This leads us in search of a solution […]
Nice slide show video of building the 5E3 Tweed Deluxe kit from TubeDepot.com, at a total cost of $650.