The FB CUSTOM

Discussion in 'Ampage Area' started by hcsterg, Oct 25, 2019.

  1. j.s.c

    j.s.c Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2008
    france
    Gaaaaaaaa lovely
     
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  2. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Thank you Guys ! ;)

    Some little parts added to finish before leaving my bench :

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    Wait and See...

    A+!
     
  3. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    OK :cool: - chassis is finished :), but not tested yet o_O :

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    Now I have to install a speaker, prepare the reverb unit, damping bag, cables...

    Wait and See ! ;)

    A+!
     
  4. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Fantastic job, even my OCD is pleased!
     
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  5. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Age:
    63
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Man, that's a beautiful job HC!
     
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  6. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Thank you, Guys ! ;)

    I'm approaching the end of the work... Still the speaker and the reverb to install...

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    Wait and See ! ;)

    A+!
     
  7. new6659

    new6659 Synchromatic

    732
    Dec 10, 2018
    Southwestern Ontario
    Is your day job at CERN?;)
     
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  8. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France

    Oh, I'd be very pleased to be hired at the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva CH, @new6659 . I made some attempts when I was working as an engineer at ALSTOM for the CERN, but unfortunately no success... :( I would have had no issue to afford some Custom Shop Gretsch, then ! ;)

    A+!
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2019
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  9. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Age:
    72
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    CERN is like Formula 1. It's all about acceleration and collisions.
     
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  10. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    OK, the built is finished, but... In need of debugging, as usual ! o_O:mad:;)

    The amp reaches 10W RMS clean tone, onset of clipping, @400Hz sinus 8R load.

    Some pics of the engine :

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    Details of the reverb tank preparation :

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    So... Again and again : Wait and See... :oops:

    A+!
     
  11. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    OK - the amp is debugged and fully operational, with his integrated FSWable Booster facility :cool::cool::cool:

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    Great Tones in a lightweight compact package... I think that my pal Fred will be very pleased ! :D:)

    Next step : samples of the different tones he is capable of... It's nice to say Great Tones but some proofs are better, right ? ;)

    Wait and See...

    A+!
     
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  12. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Last checks, tests, measurements, pictures, schematic and layout updates... :rolleyes:

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    At only 11.6kg including mains cord and FSW, the FB CUSTOM is quite a lightweight amp... :cool:

    Wait and See...

    A+!
     
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  13. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    End of the story... :D;)

    Here are some quick and short samples o_O to have an idea of the tone of the FB CUSTOM - recorded at home :

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    Reverb test plus miscellanous styles :

    https://soundcloud.com/tubelectron/fbc-reverb-test-clean-sc-hb-diversmp3

    Clean and Overdrive tones miscellanous styles :

    https://soundcloud.com/tubelectron/fbc-clean-and-drive-diversmp3

    Rock'n'Roll clean then boost :


    https://soundcloud.com/tubelectron/fbc-crunchy-rnr-wht-w-boost-shortmp3

    Blues clean then boost :


    https://soundcloud.com/tubelectron/fbc-blues-w-booster-demomp3

    Size comparison vs. a Princeton Reverb :

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    Now there's still his grand brother The Serial Tone Killer to debug and finish... :eek::confused::rolleyes:;)

    A+!
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2019 at 1:01 PM
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