Retro Philco Inspired Walnut and Flamed Maple Guitar Amplifier

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Project by John Wainwright posted 04-06-2016 02:16 AM 1551 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had been wanting to build a retro style amp to go with my Epiphone Emperor hollowbody jazz guitar, and I came across this old Philco table-top radio and got inspired…

This one was a little tricky, and had more math involved than I typically like to do with all of the angles, but it turned out pretty well I think. This amp started life as a basic Epiphone solid-state 10-watt practice amp, although I’ll likely do another one sometime soon using a tube amp as the donor.

It was also the first time I’d ever used a band saw as I’d never had one before (which I won from Ryobi with my steam bent amp – check my other projects), and that certainly made the Epiphone logo easier to make.

All in all, it turned out pretty well – and definitely goes well with the guitar.

-- What wood John do?

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#1 posted 04-06-2016 03:17 AM

Wow, that is really cool. Well done, and nice guitar as well.

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#2 posted 04-06-2016 12:47 PM

Great job. I love it!

-- Bob, --Silence & smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems & Silence is the way to avoid many problems.

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#3 posted 04-06-2016 07:54 PM

Super cool man!

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#4 posted 04-08-2016 01:47 PM

That is amazing!

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