About the Builder
I’d been playing guitar for a long time when I got my first tube amp in 2008 – a 1977 Fender Champ. It sounded killer and I wanted to experience some of the other legendary vintage circuits but realized true vintage examples cost several thousand dollars. I did some homework and thought I could put one together myself so I built a 5E3. As soon as the solder was cooled off on that first build I was hooked.
Of course one thing leads to another and soon I ended up with a full tech bench trying to figure out what makes all the tubes glow. I also really wanted to do all my own cabinets so I setup a small wood shop (a general area that sprawls between a dining room/kitchen/back porch) where I can build the cabinets and apply tolex.
I think amplifiers are a great way to use a wide range of skills all leading to one finished product. Wood working, electronics, metal fabrication, template design, art – the list goes on. There’s also more obscure things you learn on the way like upholstery, becoming friends with the guy at your local nuts-and-bolts store, measuring router bits, and making jigs – things you wouldn’t necessarily dream of when you first plug in an electric guitar, but things you learn to love along the way. The best part is that when you’re done and you flip the switch you’ve created something that’s alive and makes music.