Help: Could a tech look at the parts list & give their opinion on this tweed clone?
I've been looking for a Fender tweed style kit for a while. One came up locally and it sounds great, but I really don't know what much of this means. It is based on a Mission kit.
Also, would $600 without the speaker be a decent price for what it has?
Thanks, I'd appreciate any thoughts.
Here is his description:
This is a handwired, all tube amp based on the Fender 5E3 (57 Tweed Deluxe) circuit. This is one of the most revered guitar amp circuits of all time. The amp was carefully handbuilt from a Mission Amps kit known for their outstanding quality. The cabinet is an oversized solid pine, finger jointed cabinet from Mathers cabinets covered in black Tolex. This has been a home use amp only so has no road rash and is in mint condition. The installed speaker is an EVM12L Classic series. This is a very popular speaker which does not add additional color to the tone of the amp. Some prefer a lower efficiency speaker that will color the tone to their taste. If you prefer, the amp can be sold without the speaker and I will deduct $150 from the price.
Please do some research on the kit, the 5E3 circuit and if you think this amp is for you feel free to email me for more details.
This is a top quality hand wired all tube amp for the price of a mass produced tube amp built with cheap circuit boards and really cheap plastics parts. Words can't describe the difference in quality,feel and tone. You owe it to yourself to take a closer look. I also have a set of top quality American made NOS power tubes (RCA greyplates) and preamp tubes (GE) available at additional cost.
Partial parts list includes:
2 Russian 6V6s,
1 GE NOS 5Y3GT
MA 20 Power transformer
MA59OT 4/8 Output Transformer
Custom, hand made black circuit boards with real brass eyelets
Mojo Dijon coupling capacitors
High quality, 500v power supply capacitors
Carbon film and metal oxide power resistors
Vintage type pilot light assembly with jewel and real #47 bulb
Chicken head Knobs with brass inserts
Real, solid core, Cloth, push-back Wire
Switchcraft Input Jacks
Mathers solid pine finger jointed cabinet
The builder added this after we've been talking for a while. He changed out the Mallory caps Dijon's.
The stock tweed deluxe circuit is bass heavy. I found that single coil pickups just worked with the stock cap values but humbuckers were too muddy. I did the cap change so that single coils work well on the normal channel and humbuckers work well on the bright channel. I wanted to use high quality capacitors when I did this mod and after some research chose the Dijon's. The channels are interactive though so you can jumper the bright and normal channels to dial in the tone you want.
The amp makes very little noise with humbuckers. I get some noise from florescent lights or if something like the clothes drier is running. Single coils make their normal noise. The quietness is due to proper wire routing. I don't think caps would cause noise.
Last edited by Custom Deluxe; 03-07-2011 at 08:26 AM.