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18 Months in the Making

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by MeanGreenBlues, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. MeanGreenBlues

    MeanGreenBlues Tele-Meister

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    Started this way back in March of '08 and have been picking away at it piece by piece since then. Finally had the cab finished and I tolexed it late Sunday night (still have a bit of the headache from the contact cement fumes).

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    What is this...two long amp projects finished in the same month or so? Scary!

    Anyway, this is based on a BF Vibroverb AB763 but I've built in the '63 Brown VV bias-vary tremolo instead of the standard opto-isolator tremolo. I have the Weber Cali 15" ceramic for the speaker, a set of Allen/Heyboer iron, JJ preamp tubes and GZ34 rectifier with a pair of Winged C 6L6GCs.

    The blonde tolex was supplied by Gris...thank you, sir!

    Also, I've wired the ground switch as an OT impedance selector (8 or 4 ohm). The iron is setup to allow me to run it at 35W w/6L6s and 5AR4 on the 8ohm tap or 22W w/6V6s and 5U4G on the 4ohm.

    I haven't driven the amp yet and am still getting to know it sound-wise, but so far, the clean is amazing. I like it much more than the BF Twin or BF Deluxe. Has more mids to it compared to the two (but not like the Tweeds) which I attribute to the 15" in there. I'm a fan of stronger mids overall, probably due to my jazz/fusion background.

    All that's left are the back panels (ready to go but need the tolex) a more repro reverb cable that's a bit longer, and some cable clips to secure the power and reverb cable.
     
  2. LoveBandit

    LoveBandit Tele-Meister

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    B-YOO-TI-FUL!! -LB.
     
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    refin Friend of Leo's

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    Shweeeeeet!
     
  4. MeanGreenBlues

    MeanGreenBlues Tele-Meister

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    Thank you, fellas! I'm really glad to have a righteous BF clone in the stable finally.

    Refin, you're likely to see this same discussion 'elsewhere'. :D
     
  5. JohnnyCrash

    JohnnyCrash Doctor of Teleocity

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    Nice work. Looks beautiful!
     
  6. rangercaster

    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    not only a gorgeous amp, but really nice photos too !!!
     
  7. FenderLover

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    That is a georgous combination. There's something about a 15" that is just right. I'm kicking around a brown Vibrasonic idea for the same reason.
     
  8. marshman

    marshman Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    That is a seriously good-lookin' amplifier. I'm sitting on a early 70's 15" JBL (two of 'em, actually) with the intention of a project just like that one, though with only the 22 watt setup, as the speakers are only rated for 25 watts ea...I've been jonesin' a BF with a 15" er since I heard SRV used 'em, so 20+ years...

    Ok, lemme go get the drool off my chin...
     
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    lead dress is amazing!!!!
     
  10. Justin Belshe

    Justin Belshe TDPRI Member

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    That is SO nice! Well done, sir!
     
  11. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

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    Wow, beautiful work!
     
  12. Lostheart

    Lostheart Tele-Afflicted

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    Wow, that's some neat soldering/wiring in that amp. Great job!
     
  13. Telenator

    Telenator Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    We need sound clips!!!

    I love a blonde amp! Beautiful work there!
     
  14. Tele Fan

    Tele Fan Friend of Leo's

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    That's just nice man! Good work.
     
  15. MeanGreenBlues

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    Wow...thank you all!

    I'm going to try to get some clips soon.
     
  16. Engraver-60

    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

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    Bee-uu-tee-ful!! I had an original back in the early 1970's, and toasted it. Did not know what I had, and now wishing I still had one. Mine had an original Jensen 15" Concert speaker, but I did not know how to make it cook. No one taught me, so I used it as a pre-amp into a Traynor 100 watt Bass amp head. POW! Took years to find someone to re-build it.

    Where did you obtain the authentic face plate and rear plates? Looks very fine. Great job. Green With Envy.
     
  17. MeanGreenBlues

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    Thanks!

    One of the reasons it took so long was the patient eBay shopping and such. :D

    The chassis is from Marsh Amps, though. The rest from Weber, Mouser, and Antique Electronics.
     
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