SE-5a amplifiers
barry (Administrator) 05-17-2011 at 10:46 PM.
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barry (Administrator) 05-17-2011 at 10:47 PM.
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Steve's SE-5a head

"The amp sounds great and my son has been doing quite a bit of recording with it". Steve went for the classic smallbox Marshall style although with elephant grain tolex. "I ran out of covering material, hence the wooden rear panel, but it gives it more of a boutique look."


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barry (Administrator) 05-17-2011 at 10:48 PM.
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Etienne's SE-5a head

I love the steer skull ornament on Emmanuel's SE-5a (a plastic toy or perhaps the world's smallest steer...?). Look along the control panel and you'll see that Emmanuel has made the standard SE-5a but added some extra circuitry: "If a guitar is plugged into the first input, the two Gain controls can be used to mix bright and dark sound at will."


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barry (Administrator) 05-17-2011 at 10:48 PM.
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Shane's US-style SE-5a

The SE-5a is a 'British-voiced' amp, but you can take any approach you like when you design and build your cabinet. Shane's combo cabinet is a vintage Tweed style design but he's added a contemporary twist with the stunning burgundy tolex. "Great kit and a relatively easy build thanks to your fantastic instructions. I found covering the cab in tolex to be the worst part of the entire process! Well worth the effort though". I think the result speaks for itself.


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barry (Administrator) 05-17-2011 at 10:49 PM.
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Alan's unusual SE-5a combo

There are only so many ways to mount an amp chassis inside a combo cab, but Alan took an unusual approach with his SE-5a. He chose an over-tall cabinet, with a shelf inside (shown below in a planning stage). This allows the completed SE-5a chassis to sit upright - as in a head cabinet, and allows for a completely separate speaker compartment.

"It sounds amazing, thanks to your well thought through design. The speaker that I've fitted is an 8-ohm Celestion Blue which enhances the sound, emphasising a strong rich middle tone."


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barry (Administrator) 05-17-2011 at 10:50 PM.
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John's SE-5a mini-stack

Another great result from someone who's way better at woodwork than me. John made up both the head and speaker cab for his 5W mini-stack. He used grille cloth from a really helpful guy who specialises in vintage-style grille material, cabinet coverings and odd cabinet hardware - Sid Chaplin's Traditional Radio Grilles at http://www.vintage-radio.com/trg/


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barry (Administrator) 05-17-2011 at 10:51 PM.
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Simon's SE-5a stack

Customer's cabinet choices are driven by several different needs. In Simon's case he wanted a brighter sound for country rock. "Both cabinets were home-made with 12mm birch ply - very light to transport. The speakers are Jensen P10Q and P10R in a half-open backed cabinet. Very happy with the sound; new valves and alnico speakers have cleaned it up and brightened it a little, so it really suits courntry/rock now."


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barry (Administrator) 05-17-2011 at 10:52 PM.
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Stefan's combo conversion

Old Marshall solid-state amps of the '70s and '80s are a great find for amp converters - they usually have good quality British-made Celestion speakers and they're made as sturdily as the Marshall's valve amps of the same era. Stefan fitted a SE-5a Basic Kit into this combo. "It's really loud. I thought it would be a quiet little amp. I went to the cellar and soon my girlfriend came down and said that they can hear me playing through the whole house. That sound grooves! It's the '60s - '70s sound exactly how I like it."


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barry (Administrator) 05-17-2011 at 10:53 PM.
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David's stacked combo

Appearances can be deceptive: David's mini-stack is actually a one-piece combo. Like Alan (above), David has mounted his amp chassis on a shelf inside the cabinet. So it looks like it's a head cab sitting atop a speaker cabinet. One extra benefit of this approach is that you can turn it into a closed-back combo by making a suitable rear panel for the combo part of the cabinet.


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barry (Administrator) 05-17-2011 at 10:54 PM.
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Dave's SE-5a half-stack

Dave's half-stack has a lot of nice touches. The vent grille - from a car accessory shop - is angled backwards, and the piping slots go around the cabinet instead of running back-to-front. "The SE-5a was finished last week, and the build went extremely well as a first project. The sound and quality are exactly what I wanted and I'm very pleased with the results. The amp and speaker cab cost as little as £20 to make but I think the overall outcome looks the part."


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