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100W Guitar Amplifier Mk II

100W Guitar Amplifier Mk II

Guitar amplifiers are always an interesting challenge. The tone controls, gain and overload characteristics are very individual, and the ideal combination varies from one guitarist to the next, and from one guitar to the next. There is no amp that satisfies everyone’s requirements, and this offering is not expected to be an exception.
The preamp is now at Revision-A, and although the complete schematic of the new version is not shown below, the fundamental characteristics are not changed – it still has the same tone control “stack” and other controls, but now has a second opamp to reduce output impedance and improve gain characteristics.

One major difference from any “store bought” amplifier is that if you build it yourself, you can modify things to suit your own needs. The ability to experiment is the key to this circuit, which is although presented in complete form, there is every expectation that builders will make modifications to suit themselves.

The amp is rated at 100W into a 4 Ohms load, as this is typical of a “combo” type amp with two 8 Ohm speakers in parallel. Alternatively, you can run the amp into a “quad” box (4 x 8 Ohm speakers in series parallel – see Figure 5 in Project 27b, the original article) and will get about 60 Watts. For the really adventurous, 2 quad boxes and the amp head will provide 100W, but will be much louder than the twin. This is a common combination for guitarists, but it does make it hard for the sound guy to bring everything else up to the same level.

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