I want to learn how to build a vacuum tube guitar amplifier Answered
I have a slight issue that I am sure a lot of you do too... I have a million interests, hobbies, and maybe even some borderline-diagnosable passions. My problem is, I am 40 years old already, and I do not have years left on Earth to become a full-system level electrical engineer, a full-stack software engineer, and a master carpenter... just to name a few. So, I am looking for the best resource that you guys can suggest for where to start so that I can learn how to build a tube amplifier along the lines of a Fender, Marshall, Vox AC30, et cetera. of course, I do not aspire to revolutionize, or even evolution-ize guitar amps, and I also do not aspire to build some esoteric masterpiece copy with three independent channels, each with a separate EQ, a foot-switch, and multiple ins/outs.
I just want to build a simple, 1-channel amplifier that has enough power to produce a very clean tone without distorting, but has a gain, and a master volume so that it can be "pushed" to produce a distorted sound. I do not care at all if it sounds "good." I just want to do it, and I do not want to have to spend 2 years going down a Nikola Tesla rabbit hole trying to learn every theory of physics, electronics, etc. I just want to learn how to construct the circuit(s) and not electrocute myself by being dumb. So, don't get me wrong... I want to learn the right way! Just looking for a good resource. Amazon.com has dozens of books with titles that all sound the same. Does anyone know of the quick-and-dirty-bible for this?