MOD 101 Guitar Amplifier Kit Review

Posted by Sherrie Kearney on Thursday, October 7, 2010

MOD 101 Guitar Amplifier Kit
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This is a nice amp. The kit was fun to build and the instructions were great.
I am very happy with it, but I had a few issues.
1. The pots are awful, even after a thorough cleaning, they were noisy. I replaced them with some quality pots from AES and now they are quiet as a mouse.
2. The instructions say to file the holes before mounting parts. I did that, but still had problems with bad grounds. Star washers that bite into the paint would be a much better choice than the lock washers supplied.
3. I think the power supply could be better and I will probably make these improvements myself. How about a full wave bridge and some better filtering?
4. The kit comes with no schematic diagram. It is not needed to assemble the kit, but is needed for future troubleshooting and making modifications.
I searched the internet for the schematic and found nothing.

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Product Description:
DIY Guitar Amp Kit. 60 Watts Of Tube Power Using Either 6L6s Or EL34s
MOD 101 Guitar Amp Kit Features:
* All Tube Design (solid-state diodes used only for full-wave rectification)
* 60W output power into 4, 8, 16 and 20 Ohms
* 1 channel with customizable: tone stack, power tubes, negative feedback, input miller capacitance volt divider/LP filter, and preamp cathode bypass cap (all parts included)
* Vintage channel controls: bass, treble and volume
* Vintage pilot lamp and screw-on jewel cover for power-on indication
* DPDT power switch circuit for instant high-voltage drain in power-off
* Standby Switch
* Output Impedance Selector Switch: 4, 8, 16 and 20 Ohms
* Tubes included: one 12AX7 (preamp), one 12AT7 (phase inverter), one matched pair of 6L6GC's and one matched pair of EL34's (JJ Electronic brand)
* Hammond Mfg 374BX world power transformer and 1650P push-pull output transformer
* Fixed bias class AB power tube operation with bias pot adjustment.
* Point to point hand wiring using terminal strips
* Carbon film resistors
* Mallory coupling caps
* Pre-punched painted steel chassis
* Assembled Kit Weight:24 lbs.
* Assembled Kit Dimensions: 16" Width x 8" Depth x 8 1/8" Height
MOD 101 Instructional Features:
* Detailed, easy to follow instructions include high resolution computer drawings for parts list and every step of assembly (e-mail info@modampkits.comfor sample instructions)
* Tips for soldering and wiring
* On-line technical support

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