Fender Blues Jr Guitar Amp Gets Dovetailed Upgrade

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Project by rdwile posted 01-14-2020 04:04 PM 613 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a luthier I have traditionally stuck to building instruments, however I have wanted to build a guitar amp for a while. I thought the best place to start was with a woodworking project, since this is where my expertise is.

I gutted a used Fender Blues Jr and built a new case to the same spec using some of the creamiest curly hard maple I have ever worked with. Using the old case as the model resulted in a perfect sounding and spectacular looking gig amp. The back is a veneered panel using some amazing bookmatched ash burl veneer, attached using the Thin Air Press from Roarockit which is foolproof.

Also built a cherry stand for the amp to have it angled at the ideal position for playing and listening.

Next project will be to build and design an amp from scratch, better get soldering.

-- Richard D. Wile, IG: @rdwile

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#1 posted 01-14-2020 06:43 PM

That is a beauty.
I’ll bet it sounds great too.
My dad built my first amp. It was a little 15 watt solid state. I think he got the plans from Popular Electronics back in the 70’s. I remember him etching the circuit board for it. Now that man could solder. He never could teach me how to do it. I’m a globber…probably always will be too. :)
I sure wish I would have kept it. They are both long gone now.

Thanks for sharing your build with us.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 01-15-2020 02:41 PM

Thats a beauty, love the stand!

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 01-15-2020 03:08 PM

That’s a beautiful composition of woods and craftsmanship.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#4 posted 01-15-2020 04:16 PM

That is great! In some pictures, it almost looks like a tweed.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#5 posted 01-15-2020 04:34 PM

That maple is beautiful and it fits so well with the old fender amp. Has a very nice vintage feel to it. I can’t play guitar at all but always wanted to learn. That first pic makes me really want to go out and buy one. Even if it just hangs out in the corner of my office and looks cool.

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#6 posted 01-16-2020 09:29 AM


Nice studio amp cuz I’d never let it see a gig.! Very nice and totally unique. A figured maple dovetailed Blues Jr. Has to be the only one in existence. Nice work.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#7 posted 01-16-2020 12:37 PM


Nice studio amp cuz I d never let it see a gig.! Very nice and totally unique. A figured maple dovetailed Blues Jr. Has to be the only one in existence. Nice work.

- Andybb

Thanks Andy, have not seen one of these elsewhere. The 335 is the Limited Edition Cream guitar, also quite rare.

-- Richard D. Wile, IG: @rdwile

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