New amplifiers, interesting repairs and other musings
I started playing guitar at 7 years old but I really didn't get serious about it until I was 11 when the Rock and Roll bug bit me and ruined my life in the most awesome way possible! I saved up my lunch money and did odd jobs for a year to save up money to buy an electric guitar. Finally I was able to afford an Applause Strat copy! The only problem was I couldn't afford an amp. My best friends Dad took pity on me and loaned me his Original Crate amp and at last Rock and Roll noises were mine at last!
Fast forward 30 years when I saw this Crate on Craigslist. I knew I had to have it and turn it into something special. After all, this was where I started and nostalgia is a hell of a drug!
I removed entirely the original circuit boards, speaker and transformer and built a 15 watt Class A EL84 handwired amp in the chassis. The result is a the Scarlett Rat amp. It's very versatile! Everything from smooth glassy cleans to brutish guttural crunch and is a unique tribute to my humble beginnings. What a fun project!