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Cowboy amp builds


Something like this


Cool! Are you building this yourself? What are the guts for it?


Just me. The circuit will be a modified Valco/Gretsch 6156 with reverb. New chassis and control panel, vintage transformers and tubes.


The risks and woes of working tortured lumber. Kee-rack!


I love this stream, those amps and old tools. That's the only useful thing I can add. Oh, and I'd love to have one sitting in my home . . . when I win the lottery I seldom play.

– Olivia Anne

If you would like an amp, just ask. I really am pretty cheap. I mean, it is your birthday after all.


Hey Powdog, I linger more than post so sorry if you've told us already but where are you located? Do you do the Circuits like the originals? Are you a shop or a hobbiest? I'd love to get a Round Up clone. Such a cool amp.


super nice work! any of these amps out in the wild yet? I'd love to hear/see a demo :)


I've made some Roundup amps as close to the originals as I could, using OEM transformers, old stock resistors and ceramic capacitors and vintage Jensen speakers. I've also made some updated variants (Vince Ray's Super8) as well as Gretschy looking replacement cabinets for newer Fender amps (Pro Junior, Champ 600 etc).

I live in Cool, CA which is half way between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. I would call this an obsessive pursuit more than a hobby. I have a website, a shop and sell a lot of one-off custom builds, but if I called this a business that would make it work and I would no longer be interested. I already have a night job.

I've sold all of the cowboy amps from last year. They're out there somewhere. If you search YouTube for Cave Valley Amps, Vince made a cool little vid playing his Super8 amp, which is basically a Valco Model 6424 in Dracula clothes.

My latest run of hardwood Cowboy amps will house a 6156 circuit with reverb thrown in for goofs. Oak, Walnut, Maple and who knows what else.


I can attest that Powdog is a pleasure to work with and is thorough in determining exactly what you want.


Well here is this,,,,Turn up the Volume!

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