Howard Smith

Guitar Repair Specialist

Amplifier Photos

Pictures of some amplifiers and cabinets that I have worked on - click any picture for a closer look.

This Fender Champ had its original electrolytic capactors in it when it came from the States. Great if you're keeping it as a museum piece but if you want to use it, they need replacing.
I fitted some Sprague Atom capacitors and replaced the original speaker with a new one made by Weber Speakers in the States.
Ready to turn up to 12 - yes really!
A quite unusual Marshall JCM 50W combo with Reverb. The owner, Aynsley Lister, wanted it to have a more vintage look.
The cabinet stripped down with the old tolex removed.
I used a router to round off the recess for the top grill and also routed channels across the top of the cabinet for the gold piping.
The cabinet recovered in white tolex and fitted with a gold grill and piping.
Rear view of the re-vamped cabinet.
Front view of the finished amp.
..... and from the back.
This 60s Fender Princeton had a power problem and still had the original electrolytic capacitors.
I fitted a Mojotone UK voltage power transformer and fitted new Mallory multi-section and Sprague Atom caps.
I left the highly prized blue molded capacitors just as they were and checked the circuit board over for any dry joints. You can see the original caps that I removed just behind the amp on the bench.
The amp ready for another 50 years of playing!
A client wanted a Fender style cabinet for a Bassman head that he owned.
Weight was a consideration so I made a cabinet out of pine and used dovetail joints for maximum strength.
For the classic Fender look, I covered it with black tolex and covered the baffle board with silver grill cloth.
Rear view of the open-backed cabinet with a couple of alnico speakers fitted
A client really liked his re-issue Fender Princeton Reverb but wondered if there was a way to get a bigger sound out of it.
I made a replacement baffle board from birch ply with a 12" speaker cutout and covered it with silver grith cloth. The result was a much bigger, stronger sound but with the same warm sound. This is the amp before the speaker was fitted.