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This is the third in a series of Instructables showing how to construct a hand-wired guitar amplifier.
In my last instructable, I finished up the process of making the motherboard for the amp, and now it is time to populate the board.
For this Instructable, I will use:
The Motherboard I made in the previous instructable
Solid-Core wire (cloth wrap)
various capacitors and resistors
Amplifier Layout and Diagram
Step 1: Start Putting It All Together
For this build, there are really not that many components, but for more modern guitar amps with higher part counts, you can have hundreds of components! It can be tough to keep organized.
Following the diagram, the first part I needed to install was a capacitor. These are polarized and can be tricky. This particular cap had the end crimped and a + side marked at one end. Using the diagram, I determined the correct position.
I first straighten the legs of the component.
Then I line it up where it belongs on the board.
Next, I make 90 degree bends to allow the legs to fit into the eyelets of the board.
Finally, I bend the legs over on the underside to keep the part in place.
Step 2: Add All of the Components in Order
The diagram is like a road map. You must follow the directions if you want a functional amp. You can change components for different tone, but until you have a firm grasp on what is happening in the circuit, it is a good idea to build according to the plan.
Step 3: Double Check Against the Diagram!
Step 4: Solder Al of the Leads
I made sure to leave extra length on the wires that are being attached to the ends of the legs so that I can trim them back later. It's much better to have more length than you need than less. That way, it's just a quick snip...