'66 D-Reverb 22W Amp Kit

'66 D-Reverb 22W Amp Kit

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'66 D-Reverb 22W Amp Kit

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'66 D-Reverb 22W Amp Kit

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Famously clean, with enough guts to gig
Perfect for recording and performing, the D-Reverb produces warm clarity that absolutely refuses to get lost in the mix.

One of the most popular amps ever built, the original AB763 circuit puts this amp in the happy middle between bright clarity and rich distortion. It excels in the studio and on the stage. While capable of crystal clear tones at good volume, you can push this beloved classic into beautifully saturated, touch-sensitive distortion. It's all here: clarity, distortion, and rectifier tube sag.

From the twangy tones of Elvis to the speed and articulation of Eric Johnson
For an example of what this amp can do, just listen to the tones of James Burton, Eric Johnson, and Jason Isbell. You'll hear its unmistakable tone driving the country rock Tele® sounds of Elvis's hits. Eric Johnson uses two of these amps live for smaller venues to achieve his expansive stereo clean tone. Jason Isbell loves this amp so much that you can hear it all over his Instagram.

StewMac has painstakingly recreated this timeless amplifier in our '66 D-Reverb 22W Amp Kit. This is one of our Icon Kits: loving reproductions of vintage classics.

If building such an iconic classic sounds hard, don't worry. We've gone to great lengths to make sure this kit has the best step-by-step directions in the industry. The '66 D-Reverb is a perfect place to get serious about amp building. It comes with all the parts you need to complete this project in just a few weekends.

  • The cabinet interiors are genuine 3/4" North American Pine (not plywood), just like the ones made in the Fullerton factory in the 1960s
  • Superior craftsmanship on the tolex covered exteriors with perfectly aligned seams
  • Premium quality hardware
  • Top-shelf 6V6, 12AX7, 12AT7, 5AR4 tubes and vintage spec Heyboer transformers to give your amp the perfect vintage tone
  • High-quality period-authentic resistors, CTS pots, Orange Drop caps, and Switchcraft jacks for their authentic tone and a lifetime of trouble-free use
  • Authentic fiber eyelet boards just like the ones used in the original vintage amps
  • Period-correct pushback wire
  • 12" Jensen speaker—just like the ones used in the originals
  • We created easy step-by-step instructions for each amp kit, breaking down every task into clear, bite-sized pieces. With hundreds of full-color photographs and illustrations, these instructions make this an easy, fun and rewarding project—even for first-time builders.

Need Help? Our trained staff is standing by!
If you get stuck don't worry, we're here to help. Our amp team is just a phone call away.

You don't need a shop full of tools either!
The great thing about these amp kits is they only require a few relatively inexpensive tools.

Amp cabinet dimensions
Height: 16-7/8 (42.8cm)
Width: 24-3/16" (61.4cm)
Depth: 9-1/2" (24.13cm)



CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


Instructions

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'66 D-Reverb 22W Amp Kit Instructions

The new StewMac '66 D-Reverb will be a blast to play through and even more fun to build.

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5.0

Great kit and excellent instructions

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Let me first state that I have built a number of Marshall and Fender clones. Those I generally ordered the parts from a number of different places to get all parts needed to build an amp. For example, one of three places I would order my American made transformers, another place the board materials, another place electrical components/wiring, and generally from Mojotone their chassis/cabinets. Normally I just had a number of schematics/layouts to work with and did my research ahead of time knowing what I needed and some important test points. In other words a lot of planning ahead of time and had to learn some things the hard way. I learned a lot that way!

When I started I knew absolutely nothing about amps/electronics and did not even know how to use a DMM or even how to solder. I looked around for something like what StewMac is now offering as far as build instructions but did not see anything like this. This is where I wish I could have started! The instructions are clear and very detailed, and while I prefer to work with a layout and have my own build sequence, they will step you through each task thoroughly.

Besides the steps for assembling the amp there is a nice section there in testing, measuring critical paths, and setting bias. And that includes a very critical section on how to work safely as you can injure or kill yourself if you do not follow recommended safety procedures like draining the filter caps.

For any new builder this is a great way to learn and you have knowledge backing the product being sold for any questions or issues you might have building an amp kit from StewMac. Even if I have some amp builds under my belt it was a warm feeling knowing if I had some kind of issue come up Matt & StewMac were available.

StewMac was responsive for anything I needed like shortage of wire, a grungy looking cap can that they replaced, or any missing parts shipped out promptly.

The parts are excellent and the transformers are made in the USA by Heyboer. The cabinet is pre-drilled which can save you lots of time or any miscalculation in fitting the chassis. The resistors are mostly carbon comp like originals from back in the day. The fiberboard is excellent to work with and no loose fitting eyelets.

If you take your time and follow the instructions you will get an absolutely stunning amp with reverb that is to die for. I now understand why this amp is one of the most beloved amps in history it is that good.

I highly recommend any of StewMac's amp kits there is quality and backing in those products.

5.0

Looking Forward to This One!

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Verified Buyer


OK, maybe I'm jumping the gun a bit. Be that as it may, I am really looking forward to this build. I ordered this new kit this morning and it should arrive next Monday. I recently finished the 59 Tweed kit and for a first time kit builder I am quite pleased with the results. The "59" went together quite nicely, is an incredible sounding amp and worked fine immediately upon plugging it in for the first time,

So now I'm convinced that I can do it again with the 66 D-Reverb. While I am confident I can repeat my success I have to give credit where credit is due and that goes to Stew Mac for several reasons. One, the kit consists of great quality parts and Two, the manual is incredibly well done, easy to understand and if followed step by step your success is virtually guaranteed. I learned a lot from my first experience. There were, of course, a few minor issues with the Tweed amp but with some help from Matt at Stew Mac the issues wer quickly resolved.

That being said, I can't wait to get after this new and exciting challenge, It should be a great way to spend my free time and the rewards will be the sense of accomplishment and the awesome tone potential. It should be great fun.

I will, of course, do a follow up review when the project is complete.

5.0

This is a great amplifier!

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Verified Buyer


I was unsure about my ability to build this kit. Like other StewMac kit builders/reviewers, I've never built an amplifier kit and have minimal experience with electronics. I can identify some components in a schematic and I can read a multimeter. To be successful, I'd have to rely solely on the instructions. Many other kit reviewers spoke about the quality of the kits, the support from StewMac and the clear, concise, step-by-step instructions. I concur with all those comments and they apply to the "66 D-Reverb kit, too.

The kit arrived well packaged and in god condition. I especially like that the small parts are organized in plastic, compartmented boxes. It made the inventory easy and, kept small parts from getting lost on my workbench. My kit was missing the eight 220K resistors. A call to StewMac customer service and they sent them out the next day. Great customer service.

It took me several days to complete the kit, in part because I took my time, read through the instructions several times and triple-checked each and every step of my work. After finishing the build, I followed the start-up instructions, precisely as outlined in the instructions and the amplifier worked exactly as designed. It's hard to describe how good it felt when I plugged my guitar into this amplifier and heard how great it sounds! It's a very, very quiet amp and has that Fender tone that I was hoping for. I was not disappointed at all and, I learned a lot about how my amp works!

Pros:
*High quality components.
*Well organized parts, including pictures that make parts identification easy and ensure you're installing the correct component in the right place. Pay attention.
*Very detailed, thorough, step by step instructions with pictures, drawings, do's and don'ts.

Cons:
*I needed more yellow, black and white wire. Partly because of older hands.
*StewMac needs to include a drawing of the back side of the completed main eyelet board that shows all the back side wiring. You can see the wires on the back side but, only in an "ghosted" view.

Recommendations:
*Take your time and follow the instructions, step by step. Triple check your work and it may save a lot of headaches later.
*When the instructions say "don't do something now", don't.
*Use a good, sharp pencil to number and letter the eyelet boards. You need to be able to clearly see these numbers and letters throughout your build and that get's a lot harder as you add more and more components to the main eyelet board. If I were doing this again, I might number the back of the main eyelet board, too. But if you do, make sure you get the numbering right!

Finally, if I can build this kit, you can build this kit. The instructions are thorough, comprehensive and complete and it's clear that StewMac put a lot of effort into the instructions, with an eye towards making the build possible and successful. I'm going to build one of their other kits and just need to decide which one.




 


StewMac PDF Catalog, page 16 See '66 D-Reverb 22W Amp Kit
on page 16 of our StewMac Digital Catalog