#1
Hey guys, I'm looking for an amp and well i'm on a budget. Just wondering if anyone has built themselves a amp for their guitar. A few questions, Do you save money ( is it possible to build a amp for cheap, I have a really really shitty amp, but I could probably convert that into a shell ), if yes how much would it roughly cost and is there any sites that will teach me how to build an amp. there's a few sites from browsing but just wondering if there was a trusted one. and last question is it worth it? ( Time isn't a total issue for me, but will it be a decent practice amp if I succeed in making my own amp )

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#2
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#3
Quote by lnphinity
Hey guys, I'm looking for an amp and well i'm on a budget. Just wondering if anyone has built themselves a amp for their guitar.


i haven't, but there are plenty around who have. the guitar building and customizing forum has a bunch of people there who do that. beyond that cathbard, acousticMirror, ECistheBest, CEC... among others... build amps on here.

Quote by lnphinity
A few questions, Do you save money


depends on what you consider cheap. there are plenty of companies out there that provide kits for building your own amp. i wanna say kits for something like a 18 watt marshall or fender tweed deluxe 5E3 go for ~400 to 500 bucks. that is far cheaper than the equivalent manufacturer price, but you can get cheaper amps for sure (like a VHT custom 6 is ~200/300 bucks)

Quote by lnphinity
( is it possible to build a amp for cheap, I have a really really shitty amp, but I could probably convert that into a shell ), if yes how much would it roughly cost and is there any sites that will teach me how to build an amp.


i guess you could gut everything out of your amp and use the chassis and cabinet, but that all depends on the circuit you wanna build. i know there is one site out there that specializes in showing/teaching/sharing info for 18 watt marshall 1974X amps. you should be able to find it pretty easy.

Quote by lnphinity
and last question is it worth it? ( Time isn't a total issue for me, but will it be a decent practice amp if I succeed in making my own amp )


the 'is it worth it' depends on how handy you are with electronics and how much you are willing to spend. you could make a cheap-o 5E3 with a poor design and not be happy with it cuz it's noisy. i personally own a couple 'home-kit' amps and they are better than 'acceptable', they are some of the best amps i have played.

if you are looking for a high end amp, then you can spend 1/2 the money making one yourself and get a great product. if you are only looking for an amp that costs a like 200 bucks then you will be more hard pressed to get something great.

as an after thought, i actually have built an 'amp' before. very cheap too, it was a based on a LM386 opamp chip, provides a couple watts and there are plenty of designs out there for em. might be a great place to start to get your feet wet. thought i'd mention it.
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#4
Purely for the money saving reason, I strongly suggest NOT making an amp. It's gonna be pricier than u expected, and the sound will probs be sub-par. If you have passion for making things, consider it an art, then start building now! That's all I have to say
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#5
Thank you guys for your helpful and quick replies! Just bored, and like wanting to experiment around. I plan to build myself a guitar too! it'll be a fun project. again, thanks!