Black walnut tube amplifier

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Solid black walnut with a bookmatched movingue decorative panel. Knobs are cocobolo and maple from my scrap bin. Circuit is a Kendrick design, pushing 35 watts through a pair of JJ 6L6s. I performed all of the circuit work in addition to the woodworking. The speaker cabinet is a v-front design and holds a pair of twelve inch Tone Tubbies. Not sure why I got it into my head to make a v-front, but there it is. This is a very solid amplifier with no rattles or buzzes anywhere. The panels are held in place with machine screws into threaded inserts. Hope you all like it.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#1 posted 1444 days ago


Roughly how much would the electronic components cost to make make something like that?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 1444 days ago

Beautiful amp! I’d love to know how it sounds. I have a little Mesa Boogie combo, though it’s plain and black, I’ve always loved the wooden ones they sale. I’ve thought about making a custom case for my Mesa or one of my Fenders. This may have given me the inspiration to try.

-- David

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#3 posted 1444 days ago

Anywhere from $600 to $1,000. Mine fall in the higher end because, even when building other circuits, I usually insist on Kendrick transformers as they are handwound, massive, and are properly interleaved (something that cannot be done with machine wound transformers). The use of Tone Tubbies also drives the cost of my builds up considerably. Decent guitar speakers can be had for $30 or $40. Take my advice and be sitting down before looking at prices of Tone Tubbies.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#4 posted 1444 days ago

I see amplifier technology is improving. They now go to 12!

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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#5 posted 1444 days ago

Clean tube amp and archtops – doesn’t get much sweeter than that!

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#6 posted 1444 days ago

Taking a look at these guitars makes me what to listen to a little George Benson or Chet Atkins….your guitars are just beautiful and nice work on the components…BC

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#7 posted 1444 days ago

Awesome! Just Awesome!
I really like it! Very beautiful!
Great work! I like the V- Front!
Maybe we can request a sound file or something?
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#8 posted 1444 days ago

Cisco… I agree with WoodenFrog…........ Awesome! Just Awesome!

Thanks for Sharing…

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 1444 days ago

[Quote-blackcherry] Taking a look at these guitars makes me what to listen to a little George Benson or Chet Atkins [/Quote-blackcherry]

Thank you for the compliment. However, my playing is more of a mix of Little Charlie Baty, Chris Vachon, with a dash of Brian Setzer thrown in for good measure. If you have not heard of the first two, I implore you to do some research – it will be well rewarded. You Tube has clips of both (and no doubt all three). Been involved with music and playing music for almost my entire existence on this planet. Woodworking is merely secondary to my first love. And, by the way, archtops rule! ; )

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#10 posted 1444 days ago

Gorgeous!! How does she sound?

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#11 posted 1444 days ago

Wow, that is cool

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#12 posted 1444 days ago


-- christine

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#13 posted 1444 days ago

Nice, very nice! You’re a serious gearhead—I think I spot Fulltone’s Tube Tape Echo, huh?

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#14 posted 1443 days ago

I wanna hear it!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#15 posted 1443 days ago

[quote-Matt Garcia] Gorgeous!! How does she sound? [/quote]

This circuit is a chameleon. I mostly build vintage Fender tweed circuits, but this one bears no resemblance to any that I have ever seen. It is the brainchild of Gerald Weber – President of Kendrick Amplifiers. At 35 watts, it can be quite loud when turned up. But it is also very sensitive to pick attack – more so than any of my other amplifiers. It can go from clean, bell-like chimes to snarl with just a change of pick attack. It also responds very well to changes in the guitars volume level. Basically a set it and forget it amp. Once you’ve got it dialed in it will do anything you want at any time you want without having to touch the amp settings. Almost like it can read your mind. I find myself playing longer through this particular amp. The unit on top of it is a Fulltone TTE. It is a true tube tape echo unit that I use for two purposes. First, I can dial in just a bit of slapback to make the amp sound larger than it is and, second, it has a 12AX7 pre-amp section that makes the signal hit the preamp section of the amplifier harder and really adds to the overall character of the tone. I don’t like to use pedals, preferring the old fashioned gear instead.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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