Craig Amps certainly seems to be growing in popularity and after noticing all the positive feedback and after much discussion with Benj Craig I decided to take the plunge as I felt he had both the knowledge and expertise to build something that met my current needs.
While I have been looking at various amps and received much advice on the forum in this regard, I still did not feel that I had found something suitable for my needs which is really for a great amp for apartment use. After reviewing and playing quite a few locally available amps I always came back to two issues namely the volume that I felt I needed to play at to really experience the "fullness" of tone from the amp and the Fender Princeton! My problem with the Princeton was the volume issue and having played one through two different attenuators (a DrZ and a THD I think) I was less than impressed with the dynamics of severely attenuated sound. Maybe subjective I know but we play with our hearts and not from looking at a spectrum analyser or an oscilloscope
Someone one said (or repeated) on this forum a while back that they were surprised at how much money guitarists were prepared to pay for electric guitars and yet were reluctant to spend much on a decent amp (or something to that effect). That struck me a making sense and so the process began.
So the discussions began: A 2watt clean valve combo amp modelled on the Princeton, simple controls (Bass, Mid, Treble and Volume) with valve reverb as well. Speaker would be 12". Predominantly clean with break up approaching max volume as I prefer to use my OD pedals and really enjoy the OD on the Ethos that I now use as the hub of my pedalboard.
We are still a little way off the build start but I thought I would start the thread so long. Most components have now been ordered and a few orders need to be completed before we start my build.
I need a little help with the name of the amp and could only really come up with two possibilities so please suggest any other appropriate names here:
My choices so far:
1) "The Prince" or just "Prince" (for obvious reasons as modelled on the Princeton)
2) I quite like a rather quirky sounding "2 Princes" referring to both the Spin Doctors song I suppose but more so to the 2Watts.
Ideas and suggestions?
Aesthetics will be Wine Red Tolex, Oxblood grill, White piping and white chicken head knobs.