5f2a Princeton build for a friend

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by jsnwhite619, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. jsnwhite619

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    One of my best friends asked me to build him an amp. He got an acoustic several years ago because of me, and he finally got a nice Epiphone Les Paul with a cool black/charcoal flameburst top. So, of course, he needed an amp to play it through.

    He had an old piece of poplar that he got from his father-in-law years ago and never did anything with it. So, that was the donor board. Cupped! It was a PITA to work with, but that's what I did. It needed a planer, but I don't have one, so I clamped the hell out of it and made it sit down in the joints. I actually worked one corner at a time and doweled it to keep them in place, then hurry and move to the next corner.

    A combination of black dye, boiled linseed oil, espresso Polyshades, black polyshades, and some clear coats in between got the finish, and I'm sure I could never repeat it if I tried. The wood was pretty oxidized itself, and I couldn't sand enough to get to "white" wood, so I had to roll with it.

    I've been building this style cabinet off & on the past year, and I really like the clean front of it. I didn't realize that it is basically a Fender White High Fidelity Amp clone until a friend sent me a picture -- I thought I was on to something...:rolleyes:

    The amp has a Hammond 290CAX PT - my last one, and I think they've been discontinued - and a ClassicTone 5w Champ OT. 5uf bypass on V1 since he has a Les Paul; 30-22-10 filter caps; 22k/56k/OFF NFB switch. Jensen C10Q RI speaker. He's an at-home only player, so it's about the least efficient speaker I know of.

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    I didn't realize the last two pictures were so blurry. Looked fine on my phone, on the desktop they are pretty rough.
     
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    That looks/sounds great. The finish and grill cloth really compliment each other.
     
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    I love your cabinets. Nice work, wow!
     
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    @jsnwhite619 I was just rolling through Georgia on my way to Tennessee and back for Thanksgiving, and thinking about you. I really need to go back and read some of your threads, especially concerning finishing. I seriously think we need to get together and create the ultimate boutique amp company in the southeast. Can I say that here? It won't get posted here if we do... lol!
     
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    Beautiful! Very nice amp.
     
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    Man, that amp looks amazing, way nice finish!
     
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    That may be the handsomest cab I've ever seen! Superb.
     
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    Poplar is both a fun wood to work with and, at the same time, exasperating. The heartwood (greenish hues) can take a stain nicely and can duplicate the look of cherry. The sapwood on the other hand...

    You did a great job with this cabinet and a cupped board. Just...excellent.

    And sounds great too!
     
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    I forgot to mention because it's been a kind of drawn out build, but I kind of made a faux-grain finish with the polyshades. It was pretty bland poplar without any character. I know a lot of people hate polyshades for the exact reason that it worked great in this situation -- it streaks easily. But, after some build coats, and thinning it down with mineral spirits, I used a rag to apply it. I got the consistency just right and made "grain patterns" with the streaks of poly. Add a clear coat now & then and it came out to a cool 3-D grain look.
     
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    Beautiful finish on that cabinet.
     
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    That amp looks as good as it sounds. Nicely done
     
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    and, now for your white lightning logo!!!

    play music!
     
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