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5G9, 6g3, or 1974 build?

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by JamesAM, Jul 9, 2020.

  1. Jakeboy

    Jakeboy Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 26, 2008
    Sedalia, MO
    You won’t be diming the 6g3...it falls apart up around 9-10. You will love it around 7 on the Bright channel or with channels jumpered with both volumes on 5. LilDawg makes a killer clone.
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  2. Nickfl

    Nickfl Friend of Leo's

    May 24, 2016
    IMO, the the downside to pairing a brown deluxe with a 5e3 is that it will make the Tweed seem lame... I've built both I was never happy with the 5e3, and found myself constantly modding it, to the point that it has become something close to a tweedle Dee. My 6g3 based amp (slightly modified from stock to be a single channel version with a presence control) by contrast always blows me away after having not used it for a while with how good it sounds, never disappointing.
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  3. ocduff

    ocduff Tele-Meister

    Nov 17, 2003
    I’ve built versions of all the amps mentioned above and so I think I have an idea of what OP might be looking for.

    I think a 6G3 is the best and most trouble free design. You won’t be tweaking anything. No artifacts in the sound if you stick to original design. I think it’s KING of the small single tone control 1x12” amps.

    A Presence control is nice to add sparkle. Can be added on back panel. A cathode bias switch is also nice. Plus with tube adapters you can run EL84, and then it’s just gain city. Add a NFB switch and really, you’re into Marshall 18 territory and then some.

    I like a 6G3 with a soft and inefficient sounding alnico speaker.

    I prefer amps with a tone stack and treble and bass controls - not to be able to adjust them but I think they sound less raw and a bit more laid back.

    But I do think 6G3 is a perfect design. Damn, now I want another one. I also want another 5E3 - those are so loose and gooey feeling, if not a bit archaic sounding. Love them both.

    Lastly, I WISH a supplier would step up and make a zinc plated 6G3 chassis and similar. The ones I always got from suppliers were all same, “galvaneal” which is a metalicized paint process where it is sprayed lightly onto carbon steel. It’s not galvanized, or certainly not the quality of a dipped product. The things will rust everywhere you touched them if you live in a humid place. That’s unacceptable if you are trying to sell them to a customer or to make for a friend working musician. Here’s you’re new rusty amp!
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2020
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