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Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by Wxman2000, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Wxman2000

    Wxman2000 Strat-Talk Member

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    Hey all, got a question for some of the more experienced out there. Long story short, I'm having a surgery shortly that will have me off work for 6 weeks so I'm looking for something to keep me busy around the house once I feel up to it.

    I've always wanted a good 5e3, but I'm unsure if my skills would be up to something like that. I've got minimal soldering experience (changing pups, building pickguards, etc.), but from the looks of it, an amp is a lot more involved with less margin for error.

    Basically, I'm wondering if one of these kits (looking at the Mojotone ones) are something that is doable for someone with minimal experience...or would I be better off finding an already built one on Reverb or something?

    I appreciate any advice/insight. Thanks!
     
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  2. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    Just take your time and follow the plans and you should be fine. 5e3’s are insanely great amps. You can find prebuilt ones for good prices as well. I got the fender 57 Custom deluxe last month and it’s by far the best amp I’ve ever owned.
     
  3. Sarnodude

    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 26, 2015
    Mukilteo
    For a first time build, I would build something simpler, like a Champ.
     
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  4. fezz parka

    fezz parka Do you Reach? Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Going to Eden...Hey Brother...
    If you can build a model airplane, you can build an amp. Follow the layout/schematic, make good solder joints, have clean lead dress, check everything at least 3 times, and you'll be fine.

    I'd start with a Champ though. It's a simple build. :)
     
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  5. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 9, 2015
    France
    Yeah, a champ is perfect to start...and then to mod !

    Take your time and choose a kit with good schematics and a step by step guide.

    Good luck and enjoy ! Building amps is even more fun than building a partscaster : )
     
  6. Wxman2000

    Wxman2000 Strat-Talk Member

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    Hmm...maybe I'm getting ahead of myself then...to be honest, I don't even know what lead dress is!
     
  7. Teddy Watkins

    Teddy Watkins Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 25, 2009
    Florida
    I wouldn't worry about it being too complicated. If you can't build a 5E3, you probably can't build a champ. My first and only amp build was a JTM45 bluesbreaker. Even that amp is really just more instances of the same kind of activities. Research thoroughly and have good instructions to follow. And remember the absolute most important instructions to follow are safety instructions.

    I will say the main reason I built the amp was I wanted the experience of building an amp. If you just want a 5E3, you could buy one for not much more than a good kit. Possibly not more. Especially if you need to purchase proper tools to do the job.
     
  8. ripgtr

    ripgtr Most Honored Senior Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    austin
    My first build was a 5e3, 20 years ago. It was a kit, came with really good instructions. Most I'd ever soldered was a cable. I took my time, it came out great.
     
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  9. Nate D

    Nate D Senior Stratmaster

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    I wasn’t so good with the models.
     
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  10. Fatmaninthebath

    Fatmaninthebath Strat-Talker

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    Sep 27, 2014
    Central IL
    Go for the 5E3 a lot more bang for the buck. Just post questions here if you have them. There are some extremely knowledgeable members here who will be happy to help you. Mojotone offers some of the highest quality kits available.
     
  11. Wxman2000

    Wxman2000 Strat-Talk Member

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    How are the instructions with the Mojotone kits? Are they just diagrams, or are the more of a step by step layout?
     
  12. fezz parka

    fezz parka Do you Reach? Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Mojotone sells the kit with a C12R. Wrong speaker IMO.
     
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  13. dbolt

    dbolt Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Which is the right one?
     
  14. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Most Honored Senior Member

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    If using a Jensen it'd be a P12r or P12q like the originals came with. Alnico Blue works well too I've heard. My 57 Custom Deluxe came with a Jensen designed for it and I believe designed after the P12q. IMO the 5e3 should have an alnico (like the P12) not ceramic (like the C12) speaker.
     
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  15. fezz parka

    fezz parka Do you Reach? Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Any AlNiCo. The classic speaker for a 5e3 is a Jensen P12Q. I prefer a Red Fang.
     
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