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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by rajflyboy, Jan 31, 2010.
Nice guitars you guys!
Made this one in 86 or 87. My cousin was working at the Gibson plant and gave mucho tips and help.
It's a kit, sort of. A good friend became friends with Dan at FYD Amps in VT. Dan is a tube amp God and when Keith asked about building a more flexible Champ they decided to create a Marshall JCM800/Champ hybrid. The MarCh was soon a reality.
Over the last few years they've tweaked it to what I built, but you can build it using lots of different spec parts. We used high end stuff (NOS Russian caps, Spragues, carbon resistors Mercury Magnetics Iron, etc) I can point you in the right directions to get the chassis (we used Stainless, but you can get less expensive steel) and cabinets (another hook up if you need it) I wanted a true vintage sound so everything was spec'd that way, but honestly there probably isn't a huge difference to most people's ears if you used current production caps, resistors, etc.
I chose the Celestion Greenback as a starter speaker, but I'll probably try a few others just because I do that...
I built it as a combo, but they've built a lot more as separates including some beautiful table top amp units that look like art.
Power is 12-15 watts, but it sounds more like 25-35 as it's so clean. It's incredibly quiet...silent actually on the Champ stack and has great distortion on the Marshall side. I had them include an effects loop and a Tweed push/pull pot.
If you need more than that you should contact Dan at www.fydamps.com and discuss what you want with him. I can't give out the layout, etc as it's Dan's intellectual property, but I'll tell you that it's a pretty easy build. All point to point wiring and I'm sure between Dan and Keith you can get as much or as little of it done for you as you'd like.
PM me if you have more specific questions.
It really impresses...a buddy who is a real musician (not a hobbyist like me) played thru it and commented that he could get rid of 3 amps if he had this one.
How do you like the Jazzmaster....I picked up one a few months or so and really like it.
It's ok. I recently shimmed the neck and that improved the playability quite a bit. It's a heavy guitar, and I really prefer a good lightweight, resonant guitar, so it doesn't get a lot of play time.
I don't have the ears to really appreciate anything acoustically high end unfortunately.
Mostly I'm just curious and want to unlimber the soldering iron and see what kind of trouble I can get into.
It looks like if source the parts myself from various places it comes to about $250 for the whole thing (i think), and will give my old man something to do building an enclosure. I haven't even looked at speakers yet.
And.... now that I am looking.....what is the advrider of the amp world?
holy hell what a lot of choices.
I spent more than that on just the transformers!!!! LOL
I just watched a few reviews of it and it seems like a decent little amp. Keep us posted if you build.
For comparison...here's a side by side of what I built and the little amp you're looking at. I have no idea if I could hear any difference either:
I will get around to it one of these first days...
I dunno why I'm doing it really. What i do can't be called playing. playing around perhaps.
I can see how it would come across as heavy....all of my playing is done sitting down....medical issues.
I do like the how it plays....I bought it on a whim....I was looking for a strat and came very close, but just for grins I tried this thing and it had to come home.
I love it when that happens
Which Jazzmaster is it? Mine is the "Blacktop" model. It's got a humbucker in the bridge position, which sounds good, but is just wrong for a JM. Someday I'll replace it with a real JM pickup.
Cleaned up the house and aired out my guitars. I need to set up the tripod next time.
It is brand new, and a Squire...but it was just so nice playing. I went in to buy an RC3 looper (that thing is fun BTW) and had been on a years long hunt for a strat that would talk to me. Came real close on a few, one fender one squire, I was real close on one then the sales guy put this thing in my hand (he actually sold me a cheaper guitar than what I was real close on...I really like that little shop, they sell you what they think you will like not what will make them the most money)....it is just so nice...so I walked out with both the rc3 and the squire....still looking for that strat but now I want to try a Jaguar.
Funny thing is I knew nothing about it....it is some signature model...did not even know who the guy was....after I got home and looked him up and his group Dinosaur Jr. hate the music....but that is 180 from what I play anyway....it is really nice for soft clean, but it does dirty up pretty quick.....I like it quite a bit.
Nice! The new Squiers are fantastic guitars, especially for the money.
I have found that to be quite true...while looking at the two strats, they both played so nice....it was actually coming down to color....but this thing was different all together.
Tell us more about the LP. You did it right and got the fastest color!
They are both LP's. The first one is a 2010 Junior Billie Joe Armstrong Signature in Vintage Sunburst. Everything is original for now. I've considered doing 50's wiring and maybe changing the cap but I might just keep it original since I like the way it sounds.
I've always wanted a Les Paul Standard in Heritage Cherry Sunburst though. It's an iconic guitar for me. Mine is a 2012 Standard Premium Plus. After only 4 months I decided I didn't care for the pickups and spent a month researching what was out there. I went with a small wider from the MLP forum. He built them and I had them later that week. They're PAF clones. The neck has a Alinco II magnet and the bridge has an Alinco IV. They sound really nice compared to the Alinco V's the BBPro's had. They were too bright and harsh for my taste. The neck has a really nice bluesy sound to it while the bridge has a Crossroads-like sound.
I also changed out the tiny ceramic .022uf capacitors for the same value but paper-in-oil from Tone Factory. Much smoother when rolled down. Replaced the amber top hats with reflectors. The guitar already has Grover locking tuner heads and tone-pros locking bridge and stop bar. I might change them out for Faber or Callaham. The guitar still retains Gibson's Fat Taps, phase and bridge bypass features.
I've been looking at Ebony Customs but I think I'd like a '55 Gold Top.
I picked up an acoustic back before Christmas. I hadn't been playing for a few years and wanted to get back into it, even if just a little. And it didn't take long to start thinking "I wish I had an electric" again. My acoustic is an "electric/acoustic", and I had been eager to try RockSmith on my 360, so I found a copy. But, it doesn't really work with my electric acoustic. The low "E" string won't pick up unless I pluck it like the fist of an angry god! So, I need an electric to play RockSmith!
I can't really afford or justify anything "nice" right now. And haven't had much luck finding something cheap that I like. But today I found a Washburn maverick BT-4 in decent condition, just needs new strings, fir about $80! I've been reading up on it a little on the usual sites. Seems some people really like them.
Anyone here got any experience with them?
Same color and H/S/S layout as this one: