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Hybrid 5E3
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Monday, 18 February 2008

Here is my latest project. I am in a vintage type of mood so I wanted to do a vintage style amp with a twist. Someone on AX84 had a few chassis / cabinets to offload (thanks again Drew!). What I got was:

  • Steel Chassis
  • Power transformer
  • Output transformer (good up to 30W!)
  • A cabinet
  • a 30W 8ohm speaker

The hardware had 2 inputs, 2 gains and 4 tone knobs (2 for each channel). The transformers were allready setup for a 6V6 output. I decided to build a fender tweed deluxe. But here is the twist, I dedicated the first channel to be a blackface-ish deluxe channel. The main difference is that the first stage is paralleled. It is using a blackface type 2 knob tone stack.

The second channel is an EF86 channel. I always wanted to play with an EF86 channel and this was the perfect occasion for it.

The output stage is the output stage of the tweed deluxe (5E3). So, it's a cathode biased output stage.

Here is the schematic of the preamp section of the amp (click on the schematic for a bigger image):

Here are a few pictures of the build:

So, how does it sound? VERY good to my ear. Probably the best amp that I have built. Here are a few sound clips:

Fender Strat with GFS Premium II Alnico II pickup on the neck position on the 12AV7 channel. The gain is on max: click here to listen

Fender Strat with GFS Premium II Alnico II pickup on the neck position on the EF86 channel. The gain is on max: click here to listen

Fender Strat with GFS Premium II Alnico II pickup on the neck position on the 12AV7 channel. The gain is on max, reverb added after recording: click here to listen

Agile AL-2000 with GFS Vintage '59 pickup on neck position on the 12AV7 channel. The gain is on max: click here to listen

Agile AL-2000 with GFS Vintage '59 pickup on the bridge position with the EF86 channel. The gains is about 70%: click here to listen

Agile AL-2000 with GFS Vintage '59 pickup on the neck position with the EF86 channel. The gains is about 50%: click here to listen

And here is a picture of my recording setup:

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 February 2008 )