Not exactly HM Strat oriented but ... I've been looking at different DIY amps and was wondering if anyone had any experience with various DIY numbers. I've been checking out various Ceriatone jtm45 and plexi builds and can't decide on the quality. some sound great but others sound tinny and crap.
Man I wish I had the cash to build something! I have no experience to really attempt to answer you questions. But......I have heard MANY guys talk about how much they like Ceritone.....and especially the JTM45.
There is a guy over at the Kramer Forum that I think, has one of the first JTM45's they built and loves it.
sorry for posting in the wrong area guys. hey is there any way to change settings so i get autonotified if someone posts on a thread i've posted on? i forgot to log in for a week and reminder would be great!
Anyway, I really wish i had the cash for a new amp, but sadly I don't and the ones i've played sounded like crap for the money anyway. The metroamps sound awsome and some of the ceriatones sounded good but it's hard to tell because they're cheaper so people with crap equipment can afford them so they come out tinny and lame (with bad playing to boot). some sounded great though, and every review and post has been glowing about Nik and ceriatone in general.
I've decided to build a ceriatone .. this will be my second amp build. I built a solid state head in my late teens (zapped myself once) . don't be fooled ALL amps can kill you, not just tube amps ... its the capacitors that store charge that will kill you, not the tubes.
I was following someone's blog about building an amp from scratch and the sounds on their 1st youtube demo were awsome (before they even bothered modding the tone) www.youtube.com:80/watch?v=Y0exWuidzNI
started emailing Nik about it today. I might do a blog on my build process too if anyone's interested?
Post by jaxondimarco on Jul 23, 2009 11:02:55 GMT -5
I've got a Ceriatone Overtone Special. It's 50W and it's Ceriatone's take on a Dumble amplifier. I bought it used. It was assembled by Nic at Ceriatone (in Malaysia). Very clean wiring. I really like this amp however it seems to do only one thing really well - the Robben Ford, Larry Carlton type sound. This is what the amp was designed to do and it succeeds nicely. You can purchase these as kits but if you're not experienced at building amps I wouldn't suggest this as a first time DIY. I've found it's hard to judge an amp by most of the samples on Youtube or other sites like it. It seems that most of the recordings are done with the built-in camcorder mic and they all sound pretty bad.
Post by nickwellings on Sept 5, 2009 11:54:59 GMT -5
I wish I could afford one and had the skills to build one. You hear a lot of disclaimers like the one jaxondimarco said above, how it is not for beginners. With good reason, as the charges in the capactiors can kill you pretty readily. That fact always put me off.
Post by stratznhatz on Oct 1, 2010 19:44:07 GMT -5
I have a Ceriatone 50 watt plexi clone. I was scouring the net for a new amp when I came across their site. I was tempted to go for the kit when I read of a builder in the uk called MJW amplification who built them to order. When I gave the guy a call it turned out he lives about a mile away from me! They are fantastic amps. I've used mine for nearly 2 years now and it's performed brilliantly, great tone. I had the PPIMV mod for an extra £20 gbp, this allows you to get close to that cranked plexi tone at virtually any volume, I'd recommend these amps to anyone.
Check out the MJW site, he builds some great amps of his own too! ;D
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