I was planning on installing a new set of pickups in my tele tonight but there was a "problem" with the order which will prevent me from doing that.
Fortunately I have a list of other things that i can spend some time on. I recently rebuilt my 5E3 (thread here
The amp sounds fantastic and plays great but one thing i noticed is an extreme amount of heat coming from the power-tubes. they're probably 200+ degrees. They're so hot i almost burned myself the other night when trying to get my hand close to sense the temperature.
I've been reading around the last week or so and it sounds like i'm not the only person who's had an issue like this and that it may be, or may not be an problem.
Could you help me troubleshoot it and see if i have an actual problem or not? I'm not certain what i should check to start?
Here are some pictures and voltages, i'd be happy to check anything else or share any other detailed pictures if that would be helpful.
My filtering section is 16/16/16. Each capacitor respectively is reading:
The large cement resistor (6V6 cathode) w/ 25v capacitor (far left of the board) is reading 18.3VDC
I also grabbed my IR thermometer to check temperatures. After 5 minutes or so of being powered up (nothing in the input jacks and the volume/volume/tone knobs at the mid-point) the power and rectifier tubes are reading off the chart of the thermometer, it maxes out at 230-250F (i'm not sure where, if i move it around a little i can get some reading around 230 but it immediately reverts to, "Hi." Alternatively the preamp tubes are both just over 100F and within a few degrees of each other, which from my limited experience i would consider, "normal."
Here are a couple of pictures: