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Finished 5E3 Build!

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by Joe Les, Dec 2, 2020.

  1. Joe Les

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    Hey Everyone,

    I just finished building a 5E3 (chassis and cabinet) from scratch and this forum was pretty helpful during the process, so I figured I'd show some pictures of the final product. With the switchable coupling cap mod and negative feedback switch mod, it's a pretty solid and surprisingly versatile amp. It's not perfect since I don't really have that much experience yet but I think it came out pretty well

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    Since I took these photos I have put some heat shrink over that one exposed wire. I also made a video documenting the whole build so you can check that out if you want:
     
  2. Kevin Wolfe

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    Nice work. Me loves bare wood cabinets.
    How’s it sound?
     
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    Wow!!! I love it. I keep meaning to
    pull the trigger on one of these type builds. You did excellent work. So many great tones in history came from that circuit.
     
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    Sweet!enjoy!
     
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    Congrats and enjoy. I appreciate the tidy wiring and raw wood cabinet.

    I just completed my first build too, also a 5E3 but the x2 kit from Weber. Would love to make a cabinet one day on another build. So far I’ve done the pre-phase inverter master volume, and plan to do switches in Inputs 2 for jumping channels and cascade. I may also do a push pull on the tone to remove the tone stack.

    Let us know if you make any other mods and what you think.
     
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    Great job, thanks for the video!
     
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    The chassis and cab look great! I wish I could get my finger joint that tight. Nicely done.
     
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    Awesome!! And it sounds good too (video at the 23 minute mark)! For a first build it is pretty quiet as well! Great Job!
     
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    great job. I like how you did it all DIY with basic tools.

    Your video is a great resource for new amp builders. Great step by step process start to finish.

    I wonder if we could do a sticky post with resources for new amp builders with links to Rob Robinettes site, Uncle Doug, how to solder, this video etc.
     
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    thanks everyone!! It sounds great and I'll post if I do any other mods to it. I doubt I will though because I think it sounds pretty good as is
     
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    thanks!! and I think that would be a good idea, I have a folder full of amp related websites
     
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    Holy smokes, that's some clean wiring in there! My 5E3 was my first build and, while it sounds absolutely stupid, the wiring is nowhere near as pretty as yours. Nice work!

    How the heck do you get to the switch on the "top" of the chassis that would face the baffle?!
     
  13. Joe Les

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    Yeah that switch is kinda tough to reach haha but I rarely use it so it's not a big deal. This also isn't my first build, I built a champ a year ago but I didn't really put as much work into it as this one so it was a little messy.
     
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    Hi Joe. This is what I have used to round over the edges on my cabinets.I use 3/8” radius for 3/4” thick wood. No router table required.
     
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    Ah nice. I considered using a hand router but I don't really have any routering experience and I didn't want to screw things up. That definitely would have given a more even finish though.
     
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    I find hand routing do-able on straight runs, but it's much easier with a table. (Even the cheap Craftsman I have!) I do use a 1/2" round over on most cabs though. (Mine are always covered!)
     
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    I'm always a little nervous every time I use the router, but so far I've had decent results. I just go real slow and make sure the router is flat on the piece I am cutting. I kind of sneak up on the corners, that seams to be the hardest cut.

    I always get confused on which direction to make the cut, so I make some preliminary passes on scrap wood before starting.
     
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    That is a beautiful chassis and cab. Congratulations on bringing a thing of beauty into this world.
     
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  19. Joe Les

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    Thanks so much!!
     
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    Wow! Great job! I can see in the video your output transformer, but what did you use for a power transformer?
     
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