You didn’t like the original Bakelite handle?OK - for the moment, I will opt for the Blue Stripes grillcloth, given that it's an easy swap :
Next step : chassis / circuit / logos / faceplates.
Wait and See !
You didn’t like the original Bakelite handle?
Looks great now you need a double platinum Gretsch to go with it! Oh wait you’re a lefty so how about this!
G5232LH Electromatic® Double Jet™ FT with V-Stoptail, Left-Handed, Laurel Fingerboard, Midnight SapphireThe G5232LH Electromatic® Double Jet™ FT captures essential Jet power and fidelity at a great price.gretschguitars.com
Oh man. If I didn’t mention that I had tucked it away safely inside before shipping I’m REALLY sorry. I removed it to prevent breakage during the trip across the pond.View attachment 204328
She was there with the knob...
Thanks @Bertotti ! Unfortunately, the double-cut Jets are not my fave : I much prefer single-cut Jets...
Aw, my bad ! I really thought it was a missing / broken part ... And reading you, now I reopen the carton and... Wot ?
Oh man. If I didn’t mention that I had tucked it away safely inside before shipping I’m REALLY sorry. I removed it to prevent breakage during the trip across the pond.
I have another one. Try to get pix up later this afternoon.Ha ! I saw a few minutes ago that I'm not the sole to have Fonky Grillcloth Ideas - hence @Tele295 's SF Princeton :
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Agreed. I’ve had quite a few MOTS amp over the years, and the Bakelite handles often break at the thin point. This is my last one and I did indeed repair the handle.That Bakelite handle is COOL
Looks great so far!Work is on progress - slowly but surely, as usual :
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I am stupidly stopped because I forgot to order the pots...
That is some excellent work! Nicely done.Finally finished...
Basic issues, as usual, at comissioning :
- Idiot GND routing that gave hum at volume zeroed. I did not followed the logical GND scheme I use for years : GND to chassis accross the inputs at one one side, GND isolated and at center of power transformer HV at the other side... Corrected by displacing a wrong GND point.
- Tendency to oscillate when fully cranked. The EL84 tend to show this problem on some circuits... Corrected with a 10K taming serial grid resistor (could probably be diminshed to 1K - we'll see later).
- Too much throb/thump when tremolo intensity and speed are maxed. This is a very simple tremolo design, modulating the grid of the EL84 in a bias vary mode, and this noise is inherent to that extreme simplicity... Corrected at the best (I mean : acceptably) by adding a 0.1µF accross the intensity pot wiper and GND.
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The tone is surprisingly good, with regard to the means used ... You go from clean to a gentle crunch à la Soul Rhythm or Old Rock'n'Roll, and the tremolo is fine, from sublte to dramatic, even if there's remains of throb/thump when Speed and Intensity maxed.
For those who may be interested, I'll redraw the schematic and record some samples, that I'll post ASAP... Well, ASAP !