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Old 01-15-2013, 01:24 AM   #1
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NGD! Custom amp and Carbon Fiber Guitar

Min (AcousticMirror) made me a custom amp. It's amazing! It's most closely related to a Matchless DC30 but there's quite a lot going on under the hood. I'm calling it the Min Machine (he wanted to call it the Tworec30roadking), and it is a fantastic piece of work. Min did a great job and put up with a lot of stupid requests from my end.
Specs in a dropdown below so you can get to the pictures quicker if you prefer:
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Some near-completion build pics:


Two rectifier tubes and four power tubes hiding under heatsink wings:

Top of the chassis with BIG BAD TRANSFORMERS and lots of toobz:

Empty head cab with a cool vent under the handle:

Peeking in the vent, you can see some of the caps and heatsinks.

Finished product (note the couch matching) :

With matching 1x12 cab. This is where the magic happens.

Oh, and I got a Line 6 M13 too. It's in that last shot. Great unit, bad dirt models, lots of pretty colors, you've heard it all before. I use it for swooshy sounds and robot sounds through the Polytone.


And for part 2, a Composite Acoustics GXi in Red Wine Burst. I absolutely cannot get a good picture of this thing because of the gloss finish. Please forgive a few pictures from the store - this is my exact guitar, at least.

Again, review in dropdown if you just want to look at the pretties.
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The CA logo is a bit reflective, and the epoxy lets in light from the sides so it looks like there's a backlight or something behind the logo. It's a really neat touch.


So that's my stuff! Live long and prosper.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:28 AM   #2
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that's a good diverse haul.

Want clips of the amp.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:31 AM   #3
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:34 AM   #4
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Awesome! Not one square inch of that chassis left abandoned. Can't wait to hear clips!

And nice acoustic too

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Old 01-15-2013, 01:36 AM   #5
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The amp looks really good inside, and apparently sounds even better. for you and Min.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:43 AM   #6
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:48 AM   #7
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I like the fact its a head and has tube dampeners. No microphonics going on there!


Hold up! Does that say Shoalin/Wu-Tang on the back switch? Can we get another photo of that????
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:12 AM   #8
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That amp looks mean as hell.

So does that mean that Min's starting his own amp company too?
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:23 AM   #9
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I like the fact its a head and has tube dampeners. No microphonics going on there!


Hold up! Does that say Shoalin/Wu-Tang on the back switch? Can we get another photo of that????

They're more heatsinks than dampeners. These amps run super hot and the carbon comps don't like that. Plus the tubes sit under the board with this amp layout, so I wanted to dissipate the heat a bit.

It does indeed say Shaolin and Wu-Tang. Shaolin is the SS rectifier and Wu-Tang is the tube rec. I get to be Lord Qing and make them fight so I can learn their secrets.


Do you think your Wu-Tang sword can defeat me?

En garde. I'll let you try my Wu-Tang style.
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:26 AM   #10
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Wu-tang amp ain't nothin' to chug with.
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:27 AM   #11
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What is the kill/stun switch? Please explain the rest of the switches.
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:40 AM   #12
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Back panel, left to right:
  • Shaolin/Wu-Tang: SS or Tube rectifiers
  • Kill/Stun: High (Matchless) or Low (Vox) filter caps
  • Triode/Pentode: Does what it says
  • Full/Half: 30/15 watt output
  • Fast/Med/Slow: switches output tube bypass caps, IIRC 47/4.7/0 uF caps to change how quickly the bias reacts. So on the faster settings it acts more like class A/B with less bias shift and on slow it's closer to class A where there's a lot of bias swing.
  • Output impedance: 4/8/16
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:42 AM   #13
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Crazy amp. Min is insane. He would have to be to do what he did there.

Looks great and love the features.

Where you able to compare it to the Matchless yet?
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:44 AM   #14
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Not head to head but I've played most of the Matchless amps before. I'll get them side by side through a Matchless 4x12 in two weeks if everything goes to plan.
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:45 AM   #15
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the badass level just went over 9000! with the wu tang switch
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:55 AM   #16
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11/10, nice score mr. moderator.
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:56 AM   #17
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Holy shit man!

That's awesome!
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:03 AM   #18
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Very nice.
And good job, Min.

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Old 01-15-2013, 05:19 AM   #19
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Glad to see Min likes you enough to not try and kill you.

If only Dom could say the same.....
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