Fender Amp Kits....anyone?

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  1. el_bastardo

    el_bastardo Well-Known Member

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    So these are the kits I'm leaning towards the most.
    https://www.tedweber.com/6a20hp-c-kt
    https://www.tedweber.com/6a20-c-kt

    One is called an "HP", one isn't. The only difference I'm seeing is maybe the tremolo circuit is a little different between the two? Am I missing some huge difference that's obvious to all and not to me?

    Another thing.....I want a 16ohm output. I have no use for a 2 or 4 ohm tap. That's just silly. What can I look for in alternate OT that will work withthis Fender curcuit but give me 8 and 16 ohm outs?
     
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    MarshallDog Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Looks like they have some nice documentation and a simple to follow layout diagram.

    I like the 35W in the 1X12 config. What config are you looking at?
     
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    el_bastardo Well-Known Member

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    And that's how I'd have to build it - just copy a picture of squiggly lines. I'm not feeling too great about that. I've tinkered on amps. I've never built one.

    Lol Oh shit! That's it. Different wattages. Doh. :facepalm::erk:

    See how fucked I am? I'm so hyper focused on squiggly lines and parts values I totally whiffed on the fact that they are different wattages.

    Either one is fine with me. I'm more familiar with the sound and feel of a 22w Deluxe Reverb, so I'll probably go with that.
     
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    A Deluxe reverb is a good choice.

    Once you have all the parts, just print a bunch of layouts and just go painting the work done! Patience, a marker and slow working is all you need
     
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    el_bastardo Well-Known Member

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    I'm really running myself ragged thinking about this shit.

    Half of me says "just do it. It's just parts and wires and you're not stupid".
    The other half says "are you fucking crazy? You can't fucking do this"
     
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    MarshallDog Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I have never built one but have built many other electronic and electrical circuits. What I have found is just go slow, check and recheck each step to make sure it is correct and develope a list or some way where you can check off each step as you go and take your time. It also helps to look at it again the next day because it’s human nature to look at your own mistake and not realize it. You will do fine just take your time.

    Just go for it. If Blades can build an amp anyone can!
     
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    el_bastardo Well-Known Member

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    Lol. His amps are shit though!
     
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    el_bastardo Well-Known Member

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    A DR is a pretty straightforward build. This is a gut shot of a 1965 DR that came through here. Easy as pie.
     

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    el_bastardo Well-Known Member

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    Cool, thanks. I see that one has the filter caps on the board. I'm thinking of incorporating something like that instead of having them all in a dog house on the other side of the chassis. But I'm not getting how to do it.
     
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    The cap array is there underneath:
     

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    el_bastardo Well-Known Member

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    Oh okay so what are all those big caps on the board?
     
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    The tan paper caps are bypass caps for the preamp tubes. They are two caps in one, they have two 10uF leads on the positive side and the blue ones are other circuit caps.
     
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    coldengray Active Member VIP Member

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    Take a look at Allen Amps. He has Fender style kits with some nice modern improvements, and they come with instructions.
     
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    el_bastardo Well-Known Member

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    I think I'm gonna go with the Weber 6A20 kit as a head version. After too much damn deliberation, I'm back to square one. A head would be good and take up less space, as I originally wanted, and I won't have to fuck around with converting something into something else. All I'll need to do is get a different OT or run it into a full stack of Marshall cabs....which is fine too. :D

    So it would be "Deluxe Reverb" head in whatever color/grill cloth I choose, and maybe the http://www.classictone.net/40-18087.html OT for a 16 ohm tap.
     
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    el_bastardo Well-Known Member

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    The kit comes with an OT with 4k primary impedance.
    The "upgrade" OT that is supposedly for DR type builds is 6.6k.
    Is that a big deal?
     
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    That will depend on what power tubes you are going to use I would think...
     
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    Yeah...I know just saying. Yours will be good! Your taking your time to do the reasearch and assuming you can solder and follow instructions (which it seems you are capable of) it will be a great amp. I look forward to pics and sound clips!
     
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    6.6K is what is on the Fender BF Deluxe Reverbs. 4K is too low for optimal 6V6 operation; 4K is better suited for 6L6 tubes.

    If you get the Weber, opt out of including the OT in the kit... It will save you $20 that you can apply towards the 6.6K OT from Classic Tone.
     
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    el_bastardo Well-Known Member

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    That's exactly what I did!

    I ordered the Weber kit as a head, no OT, and ordered the other OT elsewhere.
     

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