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Author:  tipetu [ 11 Jun 2009, 05:38 ]
Post subject:  Building a Fender Champ (stack, not combo)

I bought a DIY Fender Champ kit and hopefully I`ll get it in two weeks or so. All the woodwork has been cut and currently the head cabined is beeing glued!

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As for colour I think I`m going to stain it in deep red`ish mahogny teac / something :P and ofcourse a lot of clear!!
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Here you see the pile of wood and speakers..
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Here you get the idea of how the speaker cab is going to look like.. Kinda hard to hold it steady while taking shots with one hand!
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Better angle
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Today I`m going to grind all the edges of the head cabinet and we`ll see how it turns out in the end! Stay tuned!

Author:  tipetu [ 11 Jun 2009, 08:42 ]
Post subject:  Re: Building a Fender Champ (stack, not combo)

I`ve grinded all the edges and here you see the result! Looks pretty ok dont you think?
In 6 days I`ll receive the fender grille cloth and then I can start assembling the speaker box.

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Author:  tipetu [ 11 Jun 2009, 11:40 ]
Post subject:  Post subject: Re: Building a Fender Champ (stack, not combo)

grinded the finish and gave it one coat of stain... just couldn`t wait :p

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Author:  Gio [ 11 Jun 2009, 12:40 ]
Post subject:  Re: Building a Fender Champ (stack, not combo)

That is looking great. Is the wood pine? Where is the kit from?
Cheers, Gio

Author:  tipetu [ 11 Jun 2009, 12:50 ]
Post subject:  K-16LM Tube Amp Kit for Guitar Amp

Yeah it`s pine. The early champ combos were made of pine too! I believe the sound in this wood would be much better rather than if i built it in "dead" wood like MDF or finer. As for the amp I bought it at http://www.stf-electronics.com
It`s the standard champ head, scroll halfway down and you`ll see it ;)

BTW - I see you have a K-12M tube amp! I got a K-16LM mono amp in which I've recapped and converted to a guitar amp!

this one..

Carbon Comp resistors and some Russian caps
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I converted the little GE preamp in the bottom there from 6SC7 to 12AX7 as you can see, but there was simply too much gain and therefore I later removed the 12AX7 and recapped the preamp with new orange dips as well.
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Front, alu plate with simple graphics :P
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Author:  tipetu [ 12 Jun 2009, 04:12 ]
Post subject:  Re: K-16LM Tube Amp Kit for Guitar Amp

I don`t have a scope, but I tell you bass is NOOOO problem here :P even though it`s just a celestion guitar amp speaker it punches out so damn much bass! Too much I'd say!
And yes, it`s a 50s General Electric preamp in the bottom. Just ignore the 12AX7 next to it... It's stock now besides new caps... the old ones were over 50 years old! :P Full of bulges and leaking as h*****
The guitar signal into the K-16LM tube amp was too weak, so I bought a preamp. :P

Author:  Soundbrigade [ 12 Jun 2009, 06:51 ]
Post subject:  Re: Building a Fender Champ (stack, not combo)

Good inspiration for future project. I have an old Philips 10" speaker from an organ, some Russian 6V6 and an old idea to build a simple guitar amp (for my son).
I've been thinking of a Fender DeLuxe (6G3), Fender Superamp (5E4), or a Fender Tremolux (5G9). I also have something called Plexi 6V6 that looks simple enough.

Author:  tipetu [ 12 Jun 2009, 07:10 ]
Post subject:  Re: Building a Fender Champ (stack, not combo)

Day 3, stained the head again (coat nr 2) It`s getting there! Just one more coat left and then the clear

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stay tuned!

Author:  tipetu [ 12 Jun 2009, 08:07 ]
Post subject:  Re: Building a Fender Champ (stack, not combo)

Soundbrigade wrote:
Good inspiration for future project. I have an old Philips 10" speaker from an organ, some Russian 6V6 and an old idea to build a simple guitar amp (for my son).
I've been thinking of a Fender DeLuxe (6G3), Fender Superamp (5E4), or a Fender Tremolux (5G9). I also have something called Plexi 6V6 that looks simple enough.
Det høres jattebra ut! :P Litt usikker på hvordan det skrives på svensk ;)

Author:  Soundbrigade [ 12 Jun 2009, 08:29 ]
Post subject:  Re: Building a Fender Champ (stack, not combo)

tipetu wrote:
Det høres jattebra ut! :P Litt usikker på hvordan det skrives på svensk ;)

Nu blir våra utländska vänner förvirrade. De förstår ju inte vad vi skriver.
(Our foreigh freinds are getting Konfucian. They don't understand what we are writing).

But the Plexi looks very simpel: http://www.pastisch.se/faktiskt/Plexi6V6c.gif

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