How to Build a Guitar Amp

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It is possible to build your own guitar amp and save a lot of money doing it. You can get the same effect even though it may not look as pretty. But if you are after the sound, as most of us are, then it will turn out good. When you play, no one looks at your equipment and if they do, they will be amazed at the sound coming out of the strange contraption. This article will help you concentrate on building a guitar amp that will give you the best sound possible and allow you to enjoy playing your guitar.

Things You'll Need

  • A box, preferably an old amp box but if not any box
  • A good Instruction Book on how to put together mps
  • Tools, screwdriver, wrenches, pliers and such
  • A rag to wipe on
  • Electrical wire
  • Clamps
  • A Speaker
  • A Pre-Amp
  • A Power Amp
  • Switches and Knobs
  • A Saw
  • Get your equipment together so you do not have to search for things when you start. If your box is not an old amp box then you will have to cut holes for the knobs and switches. When you cut them make sure that the switches and knobs will be in order and comfortable to use.

  • Start building your amp. There are three parts of an amp that you need to worry about. Those three components remain the same even in huge amps you see at concerts. They might just be larger and individually mounted. Your amp will have as good a sound as the quality of things you put in.

  • Build the amp around these three components: The pre-amp, the power amp and the speaker. Connect them properly and you have a good amp. It is simple if you buy them like that instead of trying to build your own.

  • Install your pre-amp first. The pre-amp is the one that provides the knobs and switches etc. It also receives the electric signal from the guitar. The bass and treble controls are also located in this. Some higher end models have reverb and some other distortion elements in them.

  • Examine it t make sure you are installing it right. The power amp takes the signal from the pre-amp and amplifies it through the speaker. The better the quality the better the sound emitted. The features like base and treble adjustments are also sent to the Power Amp and played from there.

  • Bigger speakers are better as they produce a bigger sound; however you have to limit yourself to the size dictated by the box and the size of power amp that you have used. After you connect your speaker, it is time close the box as you are done with it. Now the only thing left is testing.

  • Pay the guitar and make sure everything works correctly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Follow all instructions to the letter and you will have a good amp.
  • Be careful when installing electrical circuits for the danger of shocks.

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