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WF-55 4W Tweed style amp

4W of Tweed-voiced tone, mahogany control panel and the simplest amp build ever!

The Woodface WF-55 uses the simplest circuit design of any guitar amp ever produced: the Champ. In 1955, Leo Fender tweaked the circuit of his 'cheap and cheerful' Champ to create the famed 5F1, or Tweed Champ. The result was a fantastic little amp - with a warm and woody tone when clean, and a great raunchy crunch tone when the amp's cranked.
      The WF-55 uses the same signal path circuit together with a slightly modified power supply, to lower the Tweed Champ's inherent noise level and make the amplifier cheaper to build. Just like the original, there's one control for volume.
      As with all Amp Maker kits, the main aim is to make good tone affordable. However, the amp is still stuffed with top-quality components - including British-made transformers, chassis and turret board.

Easy to build

The WF-55 is Amp Maker's quickest build and very easy to get running. On a complexity scale of 1-5, it rates as a '1' (where the SE-5a and PP-18 are both '2', for example). To see just how easy it is, read through the online construction manual which takes you step-by-step through the whole process. Opt for the Time saver version with its pre-punched chassis (see below) for a very fast build (typically within a weekend).

      Unlike the original '50s Tweed design, the WF-55 uses a hand-made turret board - instead of the original's rather cheap and nasty fibreboard and eyelet design. The result is a fast build that provides a low-noise and trouble-free layout.

Pricing and versions

There are a number of options for the WF-55. If you already have valves, you can buy without valves, and if you already have a donor chassis that you want to use, you can buy the Basic version of the kit which excludes the pre-punched Time saver chassis and control panel. You can also upgrade the control knob in the options below. All kits include transformers, turret board, all electronic components, hardware for assembly, wire for connections.

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The WF-55 Time saver kit includes a mahogany front panel
The Time Saver kit builds into this working chassis (above). If you're building your own cabinet, it's all you need, but if you want a ready-made cabinet that's designed to fit your amp, check out Cabs by Chris.
The WF-55 online construction manual runs to the equivalent of dozens of A4 pages and shows every step of wiring up and testing your amplifier
WF-55 specifications
+ All-valve signal path
+ 4W output
+ Single-ended design
+ ECC83 and 6V6 valves
+ Hand-wired turret board
+ Volume control
+ 4, 8 or 16 ohm speaker outputs
+ 120V (US) or 240V (Europe)

Choose your kit version...
Time saver with valves
Time saver without valves
Basic with valves
Basic without valves
Choose the type of control knob...
Black chickenhead knob
Cream chickenhead knob
Black barrel knob
Price: £155.00
inc VAT
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