Do you have what it takes to get into the fascinating world of guitar amplifier building? I keep getting asked all the time if I offer apprenticeship or I am willing to offer guitar amplifier building classes. The truth is that as much as a class on how electricity works might help, you really don’t really need a special qualification to home brew an amp.
When we take a look at a Marshall, Vox, or Fender amp we might say to ourselves that we could never build one given the intricacy of the construction or just because it looks too complicated.
The blunt truth is that if you did at least change a tire on your car, or replaced a bulb in your kitchen, chances are that you have enough potential to build one from ground up with a killer tone.
Of course the two main ingredients you need is a good common sense and a respect for high-voltages.
Safety is a major fact but it shouldn’t inhibit you from getting started. Keeping track of a couple advices on what to touch and more importantly what NOT, you should be set.
There are several ways to start. Finding all the parts by yourself (as I did) which can be strenuous at first trying to find the sources that carry them, matching, etc., but on the other hand having more control on what type of components to use (higher grade, etc.).
Another easier way, more suitable for the absolute begging is to purchase a guitar amplifier kit that already includes all needed components, wiring layout and schematic, sometimes even the cabinet and speaker. This is an easier way to get started and familiarize yourself with the the procedures, construction, troubleshooting, etc. and I’ll be concentrating on this subject more.
There are plenty resources on the net in support of the first time guitar amplifier builder. More on that in my next blogs. From supply parts, guitar amplifier kits online-stores to forums and blogs, you have all the resources you need to build your killer guitar amplifier. So, heat up your soldering gun. We are up for a fun ride. Very soon you’ll be the one asked if you offer classes on guitar amplifier building.