First scratch build 5E3

Discussion in 'Amp Tech Center' started by anglinnr, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. anglinnr

    anglinnr TDPRI Member

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    Intro: (you can skip this)

    Please allow me to introduce myself, I a man with no wealth or taste. I’ve been around about 60 years now but my life’s not been a waste. Anyway, like stated I’ve been around a while and I haven’t been satisfied with staying in one place or at one thing. I don’t have much of a formal education, just high school and U.S. Navy Photographic Lab Tech training but I got a PHD in hard knocks. My approach to life has always been if ya ain’t been there then go and if ya ain’t done it then go do it. Never wish you had, although there are a few things that maybe I shouldn’t have. Na, No regrets. I am an expert on nothing but have a limited knowledge on may things and an opinion on most everything. In 1972 I worked for my uncle on a ranch in central Oregon and at the end of the summer he told me that he couldn’t afford to pay me but I could take home the motorcycle I had been using to get around the ranch on. That 1962 Bridgestone, much to my mother’s dismay, was the beginning of a lifelong love affair. The only thing I have stuck with longer than my wife of 32 years. Although I have gone through quite a few motorcycles over the years I have kept the same wife. I took some guitar lessons in my freshman year of high school but it got in the way of beer and other things so it didn’t last long. Oh that guitar barrowed from an uncle that I packed back and forth in the snow without a case, a 1959 ES-335. If I’ only know. I rediscovered the guitar at about 50 and like all things in my life you go all in or you give it up. Well still can’t play but it don’t stop me from bugging the locals with my noise. I started restoring old broken sticks I picked up here and there and then started building my own electrics. Now I’ve branched off into amps. I picked up an original non reissue Fender Blues Deluxe that had some fried circuits, no tubes and no chassis. Wasn’t even sure if it was all there but the price was good. $10. Now I have a pretty sweet sounding amp stuffed inside a 1946 Zenith radio cabinet. Now I think it is time to build from the ground up and that is what brings me here this forum.

    My Build: (this is the real stuff)

    I started out with the schematic for a Fender Deluxe 5E3 obtained from the ether world. I did some reading on a couple sites but mainly robrobinette… And I thank you for all the great info you put out there. As this is my first from the ground up build I wanted to keep it simple. Fat chance of that with my personality. Anyway thought it would be nice to have a distortion channel and a reverb and started reading and altering the schematic. As you can see I decided that maybe a reverb might be a bit much so I went with the FX Loop and will start working on a standalone reverb. I went on to add modifications I thought might be good ones to add, through everything in a box shook it up real good and dumped it out on the table. I had my granddaughter draw lines from part to part and came up with this. Now I submit for your consideration this fine work... or not work…

    PS: this is also my first forum so I apologize in advance for any errors in etiquette. And again I can’t than Mr. Robinette enough for the web site.
    PPS: I know that some feel it their duty to point out the dangers to life and limb but I am aware that the world will end if I put my body parts in the wrong place and I also know that the best way to discharge a large cap is to put my tongue across both leads. Thank you.
     

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  2. printer2

    printer2 Poster Extraordinaire

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    The 5E3 has the volume pots flipped from what would be a normal configuration. Since you went a little out of the norm with the circuit I am wondering if a normal resistive divider configuration might be more suitable.
     
  3. Steve 78

    Steve 78 Tele-Afflicted

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    Welcome to the forum! :)
     
  4. anglinnr

    anglinnr TDPRI Member

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    Thanks Steve 78 and Printer2. So if I am understanding correctly this would be the change to the Volumes you recommend? Master Volume is ok. Sorry if I am off base here, Old Dog/New Trick and all:D
     

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  5. flyswatter

    flyswatter Friend of Leo's

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    Welcome and congrats on getting your build started. You're already a step ahead of the pack by working up your own drawings. I've always believed that working things out on paper before starting to build gives you a clear plan -- and will help you avoid mistakes later.

    One small point of etiquette: There's another forum further down the list, Shock Brothers DIY Amp Builders, where people normally post scratch builds. You'll probably get more feedback from the DIY junkies if you restart your thread there.
     
  6. anglinnr

    anglinnr TDPRI Member

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    Thanks for the advice .I will move down the page. I am new to all this so I apologise for the breach of etiquette.
     
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