Guitar amplifier shell

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Project by lateralus819 posted 382 days ago 1000 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here we have a new shell i built for my (very dear to me) Carvin Legacy amp. Years ago i had re-tolexed it in a very ugly orange and needless to say, didn’t do a very good job. I’ve wanted to make this for years but never really had the guts or the know how. I finally found a lumber yard near me and picked up some lumber.

The main shell is a VERY figured curly maple board i picked up from a cabinet maker off of ebay, who by the way, has some incredible stuff. The red is padauk.

I picked up a not so accurate dovetail jig from home depot, and set out. Many hours of practice later this is what i ended up with. All told, off and on, about a 2 months project from start to finish.

The face plate is edge lit from the top, I routed a 1/2” groove along the top and glued in an LED strip, and my girlfriend wired it into the on/off switch. Her brother works for epilogue laser, and while i was out visitiing him in Colorado last year, he whipped this up out of 1/8” plexi. Taking inspiration from the Hughes and Kettner amps.

This was my first woodworking project that started my addiction :).

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#1 posted 382 days ago

That is cool. Great work and jointery! Love the colors and design. I see someone else loves Diet Pepsi as well…LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 380 days ago

Wow, that is nice. Better than black plastic…

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#3 posted 379 days ago

That’s very cool! Great wood combo and design. Love the joinery. This will be enjoyed for many more years.

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#4 posted 379 days ago

Nice! I made a head cab out of mahogany a few years ago, there is nothing like a wood head cab.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#5 posted 324 days ago

Beautiful box! the grain is fabulous. I’d like to know which dovetail jig you were dissatisfied with. I’m looking towards purchasing one myself, but don’t want to buy one that isn’t satisfactory.

-- Hi. My name is bucket head and I'm a recovering framing carpenter.

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#6 posted 324 days ago

Thank you, it was the EZ-Dovetail jig from home depot. It would be GREAT for shop boxes/chests etc. It isn’t terrible, but it isn’t high quality. It was like $30. You get what you pay for.

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#7 posted 231 days ago

Way to go, it looks great! That Maple is a perfect piece.

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