Bloodwood guitar amp

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Project by CiscoKid posted 07-27-2010 12:03 AM 14685 views 9 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hand wire old tube amp circuits for fun and then build cabinets to hold them. This particular specimen is a Fender 5E8 circuit (‘57 Twin) and the cabinet is bloodwood. I used my Leigh D4 jig for the dovetails and substituted cane instead of grill cloth. No handle on this one as it is for me and will not be going anywhere. Sanding the bloodwood gave me a bad rash and I had to wear long sleeves for the rest of the project.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#1 posted 07-27-2010 12:24 AM

Very nice. I’m sure it sounds as good as it looks. You can’t beat the sound of the old tube amps.

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#2 posted 07-27-2010 12:46 AM

Very Nice! Looks Great, I bet it sounds great too… Thanks for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 07-27-2010 12:51 AM

I like it, but I hope you are not going to gig with it. Something like this would never leave my house.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#4 posted 07-27-2010 01:01 AM

Perfect. A case worthy of a tube amp.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#5 posted 07-27-2010 02:23 AM

Where did you get the guts? Are they available online? Looks like a nice amp. 12” speakers on the twin. You can blast away with that!

I didn’t know bloodwood had deleterious effects to skin? Do you know what causes it, or is it something just you are allergic to?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#6 posted 07-27-2010 02:23 AM

I’d love to find an old amp I could make a case for. Great job!

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

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#8 posted 07-27-2010 03:06 AM

Apparently, bloodwood is high up on the timber toxicity scale. Something I researched online (after the fact). I get my internals from multiple sources. I distrust amp kits in general because they are always sacrificing something for cost considerations. If you are truly interesting in building an amp, PM me and I will give you the benefits of my research. The whole thing can be built for around $1,200 (complete) which is light years cheaper than a boutique custom and few of the boutique amps will give you an exotic hardwood cab. Certainly not for that price anyway. Anyone can build one of these for themselves with a little patience. Currently working on a Fender 5C3 (1952 Deluxe) and a Fender 5E7 (1955 Bandmaster). Will show photos of these when they are ready. Thank you for looking.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#9 posted 07-27-2010 03:52 AM

That is so freaking cool. What a great idea… and beautiful work.
If only I had more free time…

I get similar nasty rashes from the Rosewoods… especially Cocobolo.

-- jn

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#10 posted 07-27-2010 04:47 AM

Any of those exotics can give you a rash. I get itchy and puffy hands whenever I work with the dense, rosewood-type woods. Thankfully nothing more serious, but I always attach a shop vac to my ROS and wear a respirator. The amp is hot. I am a bass player but my father in law and uncle are lifelong guitar players and both have payed primo dinero for Mesa/Boogie combos that have that exotic wood/cane look. You could make a killing selling these.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#11 posted 07-27-2010 03:27 PM

Great Job!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#12 posted 07-27-2010 04:24 PM

Well that does it then. You are on my buddy list.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#13 posted 07-27-2010 05:40 PM

That is sweet.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#14 posted 07-27-2010 10:07 PM

Beautiful job CiscoKid. Here’s my only attempt at an amp (for son-in-law’s 40th). Different type of currant in this one! (Sorry!)

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#15 posted 07-27-2010 10:34 PM

Really cool, so simple and stylish.
Less is more, even with a rash…

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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