A bunch of old 'small amp' sketches...

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  1. John Backlund

    John Backlund Friend of Leo's

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    Crazy crap from the archives, probably from about ten years ago, maybe more...
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    The pair on the top/left were 'inspired' by an old, chrome, commercial salon hair dryer that I bought someplace. I always thought a couple of them would make a super cool speaker set.
     
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    Like TV sets from the Jetsons.
     
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    looks cool,man. reminds me a bit of those old alamo amps.
     
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    Hi John - now you want to venture in the small amp style - I mean : to match your guitar designs.;)

    My favorite here would be your sketches N°3 and N°5 - but it's me, OK ? :D

    Would they use tubes or solid-state ? o_O

    My sole release in ultra-compact format is the Radio-Tone below, using a 6GW8/ECL86 tube :

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    -tbln
     
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    when i see those sketches, i also see humor.
    personality's in amp form. they could be the stars out a animated movie 'Hey Brothers, are you listening?"
     
  6. John Backlund

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    No, amplifiers are definitely not what I want to get into. These sketches are at least a decade old, and are just interesting (?) old ideas from a long time ago.
     
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    Digging the penciled “reflections” on the chrome. Nice sketch work and fun images.
     
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    Very cool......2 Watts?



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    Leo never built these 'cuz he didn't have five axis CNC, lasers or 3D printing.

    Upper left corner looks interesting. I could build that one in a late '30s Chevy headlight housing. Or a '70s Peterbilt headlight. Chrome.
     
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    Thanks @kingtutt ! ;)

    Yes, 2W RMS in a 5"1/2 Oaktron 60s AlNiCo automotive speaker.

    Here's the natural tone, Chicago Blues style cranked, with my Squier Std Strat and a touch of EHX Cathedral Reverb :



    Here's a tone comparison between a Fender Greta (1st tune) and my Radio-Tone :



    The same, but in clean now :



    And here's the size comparison between the Radio-Tone (left) and the Fender Greta... :D

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    -tbln
     
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    They look pretty cool!

    But so did the Wiggy . . .
     
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    I would have one of those in my home... absolutely!
     
  13. John Backlund

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    I still want a Wiggy, just never bought one...yet.
     
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    Exactly what I was thinking!
     
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    Beautiful sketches, John. Where did you study design?
     
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    Truthfully I have seen some existing ones that are pretty close to #5 and #6. Platefire
     
  17. John Backlund

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    Thank you! but what is this..."study" word that you speak of?
     
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    LOL, forgive my assumption. How did you acquire your drawing and design skills?
     
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    I guess the best answer to that, is that I must have a natural talent for such things...within certain limitations, of course, and being blissfully unfettered by formal training or education in this area hasn't been much of a detriment to coming up with some,...um... 'interesting-looking' instruments, though a few of them are admittedly ergonomically challenging (read: slippery as a greased pig) when played in the sitting position. So, some of my guitar designs obviously sacrifice practically for 'style', and whether that sort of thing should be considered 'good' design or not, is certainly debatable.
     
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  20. John Backlund

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    'There is nothing new under the sun', is a saying that applies especially well to guitar headstock design, and small, 'Jetsonian' amplifiers.

    The concept amps you are referring to are generally influenced by 'Googie' architectural design styles for several decades, up to the early 60's.

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