Aidan’s SE-5a

Some customers prefer to build the amp into a ready-made donor head. Here, Aidan has put the SE-5a circuit into an old Marshall head cab found on Ebay and teamed it with an old Marshall 1×12 cab.

“I chose a Celestion G12 vintage speaker (100dB/W sensitivity) to try to get the best out of my 5W and it really does work. Get the gain and Master past 6 and strike the strings a little harder and this amp really starts to sing. … I also found some Mullard valves on Ebay, so the whole thing is British-made now! The sound is amazing, and that’s not just me, several people have tried it now and don’t believe it’s a 5W home-made amp.”