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Heater wiring next!

Liam S

Thanks a lot for all the detailed updates. I am following with great interest.

It's interesting to read about all the different places for parts. Seems like a crazy scavenger hunt for stuff that really shouldn't be hard to find. Everyone always says it's best to do that as opposed to a kit, but DANG it seems like a ton of work!! I even wonder if anyone makes a kit for a 6g14. If so, they'd have to get a proper chassis?

Like a lego set, there must be a master list of all parts needed, and what section of the amp they're for? I mean, I guess one could look at the schematic and make a list, hand counted, of all the needed components?

And hey, happy belated birthday. Sixteen?!! How did you even hear of a 6g14?!

https://www.facebook.com/bloodreefsurf/
https://bloodreefsurf.bandcamp.com/releases (nothing official yet, just some badly mixed snippets from practice)

DeathTide wrote:

Thanks a lot for all the detailed updates. I am following with great interest.

It's interesting to read about all the different places for parts. Seems like a crazy scavenger hunt for stuff that really shouldn't be hard to find. Everyone always says it's best to do that as opposed to a kit, but DANG it seems like a ton of work!! I even wonder if anyone makes a kit for a 6g14. If so, they'd have to get a proper chassis?

Like a lego set, there must be a master list of all parts needed, and what section of the amp they're for? I mean, I guess one could look at the schematic and make a list, hand counted, of all the needed components?

And hey, happy belated birthday. Sixteen?!! How did you even hear of a 6g14?!

I actually am doing the "hand-counted" technique! No one makes a 6G14A kit or a 6G14 kit sadly. I spoke to Weber because they make amp kits and they said to buy the Twin kit and modify it, I'd rather build something from the ground up and learn while I go along. Me being young I cannot just buy an old 6G14 for $1500+ and up. They're crazy expensive. It has been a hunt for parts, I've been confused and frustrated at some points but I've just got to take a break and relax, I've got all the time in the world!

Now how I found out about it! I started playing guitar two years ago this February 27th(?) of 2018! I've been so grateful to have a grandpa who's been playing since 1956 who teaches me a lot, we share a love for old music, blues, jazz, country, and many many other styles. I started listening to Duane Eddy when I started, god I annoyed my sister playing Rebel Rouser lol. Well anyways I watched Dick Dale live and I've seen a couple of other bands with it, and I finally realized what that "sound" was, it was the monster Fender Showman. My grandfather bought one new with a 1x15 in the early 60s, used it on the road for a while and he doesn't even remember having it but he knows it was a showman. But yeah, I am 16! But that doesn't stop me from learning how to build a tube amp haha.

Liam S

But they don’t have the brownface 6g8 or 6g8-A Twin kits right? So that’s not even close to a helpful answer! But you’re driving right past that nonsense, well done!

COOL GRAMPA!!! That’s wonderful. My dad taught me my first guitar chords but he played Slack Key and banjo so after the chords I moved to rock music and zero lessons ha! Now he’s dead and my mom and brother are over 5000 miles away in Hawaii. Wish I had a grampa I could enjoy music with.

Last year I had Carl’s amps pour some serious mojo into a 6g14 clone. It sounds incredible and very close to The Phantom Surfers tone. The chassis is the same size as the real ‘62 Showman, but the cab is about 1.5” taller. I expected it to be identical. Maybe he’ll have some ideas for some of those crazy obscure parts? (Like chassis?) Or maybe hit up some of the larger forums for advice? Many of those builders will help you, especially after they learn your age and back story!! Tdpri comes to mind, as does (ehrm) The gear page or Gearslutz. Then again I see you’ve already begun the sockets so it’s prolly too late!

Thank you so much for posting!

https://www.facebook.com/bloodreefsurf/
https://bloodreefsurf.bandcamp.com/releases (nothing official yet, just some badly mixed snippets from practice)

We just need a faceplate to work with the existing mojotone chassis. I could have a couple made here in Dayton if I find a business that does that. This chassis is perfect though, I just need to drill it out a bit. Here soon me and my grandpa will be drilling it out and making a head cab also a 1x15 cab for it.

Liam S

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Just bought most of the eyelet board parts except the Malloy style caps and some misc capacitors.

Liam S

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