Guitar amplifier headshell. #2

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Finally finished this one up. I had the majority of it done months ago. Put it on the back burner to do some other projects. I tend to think I get a little ADD or something sometimes. It was certainly fun, not too hard and turned out to be a cool piece with some great contrasting woods. I had a heck of a time shooting the miters on the Wenge. Ended up not having any room to play with side to side. Was lucky in that respect.

The dovetail splines are a David barron thing I learned from one of his videos. I had some rare earth magnets and made my own guides. Laid out the dovetails with dividers to get my spacing. The splay was done by eye, can’t remember the ratio.

I know it’s hard to see, but the front face plate is a really nicely rippled piece of bloodwood. The lighting outside wasn’t the greatest so a lot of details are lost. Hopefully sometime I can re-shoot the photos. No photos of the back as I still need to figure out what I’m doing on the back. I was going to do a scroll saw pattern but the back is never seen. I just need a way to let the heat (from the vacuum tubes) out.

It’s Quartersawn Wenge (My favorite. I have another piece I just picked up for a future project) Figured bloodwood, bloodwood veneer. The finish is Howards feed and wax, wetsanded to 600 grit.

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#1 posted 10-24-2015 07:49 PM

Outstanding Kevin, but I wouldn’t let a roady near it! What kind of output? How long to warm up?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 10-24-2015 08:06 PM

Thanks Kevin! I don’t gig so no worries there. Just a bedroom guitarist really. It’s always been a passion of mine and is the sole reason I woodwork.

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Was my first project for another Carvin amplifier. My Carvin Legacy (Steve vai signature) that I just love. I’ve had it for about 8 years or so.

This little guy I picked up around march or so for just over $500 new from Carvin. Quite a steal really. Came with a footswitch, a gig bag and the amp (plus free shipping).

No it isn’t a Boogie or a Fender but I think Carvin makes incredible products for the price not to mention %100 made in U.S.A.

I have both these amps plus a Carvin 7 string guitar.

It’s an all tube 50 watt (Selectable 50,25, and 7 watts) built in boost control on the back, Midi in, 3 channels, built in LED lights (blue or red- Speaking of which I need to do some scroll saw work on the front to let the LED show through).

A myriad of tonal options, it’s incredible for the price. It doesn’t hold a candle to my Legacy in my opinion, I don’t think I will love an amp more than that but for the price I just love it. Not to mention it’s only 19” long which makes it incredibly tiny for such a feature packed unit.

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#3 posted 10-26-2015 02:26 PM

Wow! Awesome, Kevin!
The dovetail splines are amazing! Cannot imagine how long it took to work with that wenge.

Love the bloodwood, wenge, and red leather handle. Just cannot get over the beauty of this build! The fact that it makes sound is a plus…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#4 posted 06-28-2016 06:37 PM

I know I am a late commentator on this project, but its awesome! I think it came out very nicely and adds some serious class to a wonderful tube amplifier. I want to build an amp enclosure (and the amp)! Not to mention a guitar, and a stand…

-- Regards, Norm

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