Thursday, September 27, 2007

18 watt test drive

I purchased the tubes I needed yesterday and fired up the amp using the speakers on my JCM 800 combo. They are the original G 12-65's and the sound was great. I had to move one wire that I misplaced on the board for the boost but other than that and a ground I forgot to solder there were no issues.

The sound is exactly what I was looking for. Tube distortion and tube rectifier sag. I should have my head and cab next week.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Amp build

Well, here is the completed kit:

Took me about 20 hours in total I think. It's ready for tubes and the head box. Here's a shot of the power tranny:

Here's a shot of the board. It's a little blurry. Okay, it's a lot blurry but you can still get a good idea.

I still have to get tubes for it. I still have the 12ax7's that originally came with my JCM800 which I will use so I just need the rectifier tube and two el84's. I had the head and cabinet done in red tolex, just to be different. Upon the recommendation of a local amp guru I went with a greenback clone from Eminence. They were a good enough price that I don't mind taking the chance.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

18 watt kit

I pulled the trigger on a kit yesterday. Can't wait to get my hands on it. I chose one that is similar to the original Marshall with the tremolo channel. This one can be jumpered for some extra overdrive. If this one goes well I think the next one will be a jtm 45 clone.

Friday, September 7, 2007

I'm back

Well the Casino is over so I now have the time to start blogging again. I bought the Cream book a while ago and now I can't find it. I was going to start that once I had the time and post a review. I'll be damned if I know where it's gone.

I'm a little pissy that Guitar One ceased publication. I am now getting Guitar World without the cd which is a waste of time. Now I have to hunt for a new magazine.