Footnote 5 watt by old guy that don’t know squat

Footnote 5 watt by old guy that don’t know squat


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Project Level:

Project Time:
1-8 Hours

Project Cost:
Under $100

Project Description:
the Footnote 5 watt guitar combo amplifier for $30 bucks

Design Goals:
I wanted it to look like an amp and be practical and traditional.

Driver Selection:
its a 6.5″ Eminence guitar speaker 299402

Enclosure Design:
Had to design the cabinet myself, but not that big of a deal, even for a first timer. I went with a traditional look. I routed the side panels and that is what holds it together, didn’t need screws. I also wanted it to look already broke in.

Enclosure Assembly:
7/16 particle board for most, the 2 side panels are pine boards
The front panel is at a 70 degree angle

An old man that had never built a speaker or amp, or even assembled one, pulled it off in a day without instructions

About the Designer:
In my 50’s, never tried anything like this, but was confident I could do it. I plan to donate the amp to a kid who wants one for Christmas and may not receive it another way.

Project Parts List:

Build Your Own FootNote Guitar Combo Amp – Components Only
Penn-Elcom F1633 Rubber Cabinet Foot 1.125″ Dia. x 0.5″ H
Penn-Elcom H1014K Extra Wide Strap Handle Black End Caps
Parts Express #8 x 3/4″ Self-Tapping Truss Head Screws 100 Pcs.


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  1. 1
    Craig J Coley

    I think you did a great job and the cause was even better. The young man (or girl) will enjoy it for years to come and always remember who gave them their first amp.

  2. 2
    Philip Carter

    Usually it is the clean and simple design that rules over all the rest. I love that it is at an angle upward and that both the driver and the controls face you. Its looks are so inviting that it just makes you want to plug in and see what you and it can do together.
    Love you,

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