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  1. Paul G.

    Paul G. Well-Known Member

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    New build -- Narrow panel Tweed Deluxe (5E3). Mojotone kit, WGS Speaker. Revoiced the Bright channel for my Gibsons, left the Normal channel stock. 12 Watts on a good day. Loud as hell, more tone than you can use in a week.

    Light, small, cuts through beautifully. Don't need no damn computers.

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    I like computers too, but there ain't nothing wrong with this!
     
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    Hey, how easy is to put together the kit? Do you just need soldering skills or more involved like advanced amp knowledge / equipment? That looks great by the way.
     
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    Looks nice.

    Someday I'm going to build one of those for myself.
     
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    I SO want a 5E3 style amp! How does this compare to the real thing?
     
  6. Paul G.

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    Soldering skills are a plus, but easy enough. I highly recommend getting a soldering station with thermostatic control like the Weller WES51 (~$100). Weller and Hakko make ok units for about $50. You will also need a digital multimeter, but it doesn't have to be fancy.

    Mojotone has a pretty good instruction book, as do some other kits. If you're just starting, I do recommend a kit with instructions. Go slow, double-check everything, then check it again.

    Read this to understand what's what and how it all works: https://robrobinette.com/How_The_5E3_Deluxe_Works.htm#Artificial_Center_Tap

    Find out where the filter caps are, and understand that the hot side will have hundreds of volts DC on them once you're plugged in. Capacitors hold a charge for a long time, so learn to avoid and discharge those caps.

    Making a simple amp like the 5E3 is not complicated, and it is fun and can be relaxing if you let it be.

    I've played real 5E3s and 5D3s, and a couple of boutique clones. The thing I built is pretty damn close, with all the glory, and all the warts. What make a Deluxe a Deluxe is the undersized power transformer, channel interaction, and big coupling caps -- all easily replicated today.

    After playing my build for a while, I remembered the farty bass with Gibsons. Fortunately, it's not a valuable vintage piece, and I revoiced the Bright channel for Humbuckers (swap 1 coupling cap). Now I have vintage goodness, plus a bit more useability.
     
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    Fantastic amp, but not so good for us bedroom players
     
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