Guitar Amplifier Starting out with white pine boards from a local lumber yard in South Lake Tahoe All glued My first dovetail joint They look much better rounded. First stain coat After staining and polyurethane finish Oops, I forgot to make the panel cutout. Being goofy after routing a hole for the speaker in some particle board Front panel with speaker Bottom guard installed and glued Speaker and bottom guard in place Front accent bars will eventually hold a cloth grill to protect the speaker This is a piece of sheet metal acquired from a local metal shop that will eventually become the electronics chassis. The metal shop bent and die cut the chassis for me. I drilled the rest of the holes. The chassis exterior another chassis shot Testing the fit of the chassis panel Time to add electronics! Placing the tube sockets into the chassis Pre-amp sockets on the left, mains on the right Big fat power transformer The chassis starting to come together Signal and power transformers Switches, bells, and whistles The blank turret board I ordered specifically designed for the Fender 5e3 circuit components Soldering skills steadily improving the back of the circuit board. It was really fun working with an old school turret terminal circuit board The back is looking prettier the completed Fender 5e3 circuit board components. Circuit board in the chassis 1/4″ inputs Power transformer wiring Vacuum tube socket wiring Wiring complete We have TUBES! Electronics installed! Of course upon first test run, everything lights up…no sound. After racking my brain and spending hours double checking everything with a multimeter, it turns out the positive lead in this connection that plugs into the chassis from the speaker was shorted to ground. If at first it doesn’t turn on, debug, debug again. A finished amplifier that would pass even Neil Young’s quality assurance assessment.