P1800

Daniel’s PP-18

“In one sentence, it’s… very ‘evy, very ‘umble; very purple, very loud.” I’ve lived in the UAE myself, and still can’t believe that Daniel managed to round up the cabinet materials out there. “The purple tolex is from a fabric shop in Abu Dhabi – it was really meant for covering bedroom furniture. The grille …

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Luca De Rugeriis’ VVRed PP-18

I love this colour combination: wine with white piping. “I’d seen a Mesa Stiletto with that covering and I fell in love.” Luca found a local cabinet builder to do the work. Look closely and you can see a third control knob added to the PP-18’s usual two. Internally, Luca has added VVR (a circuit …

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Dominic’s PP-18 pair

Some guitarists really love the 18Wer’s tone. Dominic must be one of the biggest fans: “Have built three PP-18s now, all sounding amazing by the way! Two now live in a custom flightcase, looks nearly as good as they sound!”

Harvey Brades’ ’50s flashback

“Will send some pictures, guaranteed you will be impressed,” said Harvey’s email. He wasn’t wrong: this retro cabinet is as wonderful as it is crazy. The 18W circuit was borne out of the ’50s WEM Dominator circuit, so this combo design is very appropriate. Can’t imagine how tricky that was to plan, cut and glue. …

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Howard’s two-tone PP-18

Burgundy and cream is one of those colour schemes that always looks classy, as in this rexine-covered head cabinet. Especially like the double ventilation slots at the rear. “Finished the amp end of last summer, have built a matching 2×12 cab to go with it.”

Steve Wilkins’ PP-18 walks the plank

Pine is a popular choice for cabinet builders – easily available, soft to cut and easy to shape. Steve’s plank-based crate must be one of the most… er… simple to build of all.

Jonas Broman’s PP-18

Jonas has completed his 18W amp in both PP-18 and SL-18 forms. “The cabinet (inspired by the Marshall smallbox) was built by myself using MDF from the local shop and tolex etc mostly from Tube Amp Doctor. I also designed the logo (using the early ’60s Marshall block logo as inspiration) and ordered it from …

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Jef Grainger’s Dumb Blonde

  “Really pleased with the result! Christened her the ‘Dumb Blonde’ due to her modest complement of knobs! The Cab is one of Chris’, in ivory tolex. Superb finish. I added a custom handle as I’ve never liked the Marshall-style ones. Panel text is by inkjet water-slide transfers, and the cab logo is a water-slide …

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Haanu-Pekka Haavikko’s Red PP-18

“I finished my PP-18 a couple of months ago. I’ve played maybe ten gigs with it and used it for recording. It’s a great little thing, I love it! Here’s a picture, check it out. Chris made the cabs. And yes, the other guitarist and the bassist in our band have Orange amps.”

Billy Hammersley’s PP-18

“I just thought I’d finally send you a couple of pics of my amp. I’ve only just got the logo plate done. The 2×12 cab was made by Chis and the head cab I had bought from Ebay before I even got the kit from you. And coincidentally I later realised that I had bought …

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Angelo Giaquinto’s PP-18

A number of Amp Maker builders have opted for their own amp branding; Angelo went for ‘A G Electric’ on a large brass plate. “I’m attaching some piccies of my completed amp that I thought you might like to see. I’m very pleased with the result.”

Martin’s PP-18

Like many customers wondering about the classic Dominator/18W circuit, Martin wasn’t sure if he’d miss the Treble, Middle and Bass controls. “I tried it out last night and I am very pleased with the tone in particular. I was a bit concerned about the lack of individual bass/treble/mid adjustment, but it is all there in …

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Keith’s super-tidy PP-18

I like to see attention to detail, and this amp has it in abundance: the wiring layout is text-book and the cabinet finishing is just as good. Proof, if any were needed, that with care and time, even first time amp makers can create an amp that has the build standards of a boutique builder. …

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Angus’ be-denimed PP-18

This is as unique as it is wacky: an amp covered in denim instead of tolex. Well, if tweed’s good enough for old Fenders, why not denim for a rocking amp? “I tried my best to get the front seam straight but it wasn’t having it!”

Tim’s PP-18 head

Here’s the same 18W amp kit in small-stack form. The cab is a 1×12 and Tim’s used the same grille cloth for the head’s front panel. This helps to create a much more modern look.

Neil’s pine PP-18 head

By far the simplest way to make a head cabinet is to use pine. It’s a softwood, so it’s easy to cut and work, but you won’t get the same resistance to wear and tear as tolex. Still, the world’s full of old pine furniture, so it can’t be that bad. Neil’s given the pine …

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Andy Preston’s chunky PP-18

As a guitar maker – see http://www.wudtone.com – Andy has access to plenty of attractive wood stock. And his PP-18 is pretty unique: beautifully grained wood in the chunkiest design I’ve ever seen. 🙂 Check out Andy’s band here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Mojojimthemuddywulfs

Giampaolo’s PP-18

For his PP-18 build, Giampaolo opted for the ‘classic’ 18W combo cabinet, covered in beautiful natural white tolex. He also swapped the kit’s black chickenhead knobs for cream-coloured versions to match. Like a lot of customers, he’s also looking for a personalised logo: “I’m thinking of putting a logo plate like ‘GiAmp’ – playing with …

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