#1
hey guys/gals

While building my first guitar its got my creative edge going and i, thinking along the lines of a small amp build as im currently playing through a vox amplug metal as im yet to replace my engl powerball after selling it to pay for the birth of my daughter nearly 2 yrs ago.

Anyway, ive read a lot of threads but most point towards the little jem which doesnt exactly sound metal or say start with pedal builds - problem is with using an amplug i dont use pedals.

This isnt somthing im hoping to pick up and build over a weekend so i dont mind it being slightly complex but i am a novice so id like to start simpleish but again if its not the sound i want its a pointless build so i wont have the passion to finish it.

Also what sort of budget will i require for a decent small build in the UK?

So then, any advice guys?
#2
The reason most threads say "start with pedals" or "build a little gem" is because it's good solid advice.

You say you're a novice. Novices can't build complex amps. Gain experience by building pedals.

At the very least, see them to fund your electronics building.
#3
Metal Amps are probably the most complex guitar amps there are. If you wanted to build one, a Dr Boogie into a simple IC power amp would be an OK option. I would recommend to do some solid state (transistor) electronics before jumping in to the world of tubes.

Edit: Look at AX84 projects (hi octane?) for a tube amp that can work for metal and rock.
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Last edited by nickbob00 at Aug 16, 2009,