Here’s a low-cost vacuum tube guitar amplifier designed by Grant Wills of Valve Heaven in Sydney Australia. Valve Heaven offers professional guitar amp repair and restoration of all types of amplifiers, specializing in the repair of valve amps. Grant designed the Lamington Cake Tin Guitar Amplifier for the person who has basic soldering skills and […]
We’d like to highlight an “old school” website with a lot of great information for the kit builder and do-it-yourselfer alike. The site is the The Strat Monger and we recently thought of it when we went looking for a good single-tube practice amplifier for an upcoming project. We found it in The Squirrel Monkey, […]
Brown Note Amplifiers (www.brownnote.net) of Fair Oaks, CA is a manufacturer of high-end amplifiers with an emphasis on hand-wired craftsmanship, custom-made transformers and premium components. Their D’Lite “22/33” ODE amplifier is convertible between 22 watts of power with 6V6 tubes, or 33 watts of power with 6L6 tubes. At a price of between $2185 (head […]
In this article we cover how to lay out and build the chassis for a vacuum tube guitar amplifier. While this article is intended primarily for the “homebrew” builder, it will also be useful background for the kit builder. With a few essential tools and proper procedures, you’ll find that building a vacuum tube guitar […]
In this article we’re going to cover how one experienced amp builder covers cabinets in Tolex or textured vinyl. This article is by Casey4s, who’s been active in Harmony Central’s Do-It-Yourself (DIY) forum. Guitar Kit Builder encouraged him to share his experiences and photographs of installing Tolex, and he graciously agreed. “Tolex,” by the way, […]
Video slide show of the building of a CeriaTone Overtone Special amplifier kit.
Here’s a new demo video of Allen Amplification’s Chihuahua kit amplifier. The Chihuahua (“chi-wah-wah”) is a Class A single-ended tube amp using a single 6L6 or EL34 power tube for 10 watts to drive a 10″ Copperhead speaker with a full tone stack including RAW mid/gain boost control and all tube driven spring reverb. The […]
Interesting timelapse video of the building of a Weber 5E3 amplifier kit.
TubeDepot.com has introduced a new tube amplifier kit that reproduces the look and sound of the classic Fender Tweed Deluxe of the late 1950s. The tweed deluxe is prized by guitar players as the “go to” amplifier when seeking a great raw Fender tone with easy portability. It’s been used by countless musicians on stage […]