Pics of my lastest project.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Argonaut4, Sep 24, 2005.

  1. Argonaut4

    Argonaut4 Member

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    I posted this on another forum, but thought (hoped) that some people may be interested here as well.

    Almost complete, I turned this '65 AB165 Bassman:
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    Into this:
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    I made the cab out of 100+ year old pine with dove-tailed joints. I had a custom made brown face plate made (the only thing I didn't do myself). I modded the circuit to be a cross between the AB165 and AA864 with a tad bit more gain and 'tweaked' tone controls. The cab houses a Weber Ceramic Chicago 15. Oxblood grill cloth and smooth blonde tolex. I have a 'dog bone' handle and tilt back legs being shipped to me to finish her up. She purrs and growls! I'm pretty damn happy with the results. LOL, my pictures suck as usual.

    BTW, for you purists, this is totally reversable. I kept everything I removed and no holes were drilled.;)

    J
     
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    looks great. good good job. the white speaker just makes it look cooler. ha.
     
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    Ha! I was just thinking the same thing. Looks are everything. Nice job!

    Randall Aiken
     
  6. Laroosco!

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    Give it to me now!!!!
     
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    Thanks, I really appreciate it! I was thrilled when I received the speaker to find it white. I purchased it strictly by the specs.

    Mr. Aiken, I truly take that as a complement.

    J
     
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    Blonde cosmetics are the best Fender ever did IMO.

    GREAT looking amp. Does it sound as good as it looks?
     
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    Very nice work. Well done! Who made that "brown era" faceplate?
     
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    Argonaut,
    Who did you have make the faceplate? I have a project for which I need a faceplate made.
     
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    Absolutely stunning; first rate!!!

    Ditto the others.....where did you get the face plate made? I was going to try a trophy shop or???
     
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    Very, very cool, Argonaut4!
    That's one of the coolest conversions I've ever seen (and hats off to you for making it reversible).
    ;)
     
  13. Argonaut4

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    Wow, thanks to all.

    The amp has the typical BF BM sound with a twist. I spent a significant amount of time on the gain and tone structures (and of course, it can be biased now). Basically, it has a creamier, thicker tone than stock and has an enormous growl when opened up.

    I can tell you with complete honesty, I have the utmost respect for the amp builders. It's amazing how easy you can make an amp sound bad! I spent more time on the circuit than the cab. Though, I forgot to mention it earlier, this is my hobby and love it.

    Larry Rodgers made the face plate for me. He does excellent work to say the least. I think the face plate was about $100.00 shipped and well worth it. I'll dig up his number. If anyone is interested in it, shoot me a PM.

    Thanks again!

    J
     
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    Superb!!! I want one just like it. ;)

    That has to sound killer with the 15 in it.
     
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    I have the greatest respect for Larry's work. He built me a 4x10" tweed Bassman cab about 5 years ago, the specs were altered to be 1/4" deeper than traditional, I have pictures of it on my site here: http://www.johnkelleybrown.com , it's the amp called "Plexi Plus". I really like the way oxblood chickenhead knobs look on a tweed amp.
     
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    Can someone post contact info for Larry Rogers?
     
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    very nice, dude. awesome work. i'd love to hear some clips of that thing.
     
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    PlexiBreath;

    Nice amp! I have to agree with you on the Oxblood knobs. Very classy. I checked out your site. A lot of great stuff on there.

    MojoHand;

    I just found the number for Rodgers Amplifiers. 239-649-8799

    J
     
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    Glad you liked the site, not a lot there yet but I'm working on it.
     
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    I considered staining it, but I really wanted the brown/blonde look. Besides, I probably have over 1,000 board feet of that old pine. I plan on building some more cabs out of it this winter. It's actually the old subfloor from my house that was built in 1892. I've been doing a lot of remodeling and recycling.;)

    I don't have any clips yet. I hope to soon.
     

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