Please keep in mind that guitar amplifiers can retain very high voltages, potentially lethal voltages, even when not turned on, and even when unplugged from the wall!! Make sure you know how to test for these voltages and discharge them before working inside the chassis of any amplifier.
Below is a list of basic tools needed to get started building or modifying guitar amplifiers. The precise make and model of each item reflects my personal preference and is only a suggestion. Overall, though, this basic list is a great place to start your journey into the world of DIY electronics!
There is a HUGE amount of information available for anyone interested in learning more, including books, videos, and online groups that welcome members of all skill and experience levels.
|Soldering Station||Hakko FX951|
|Fume Extractor||Hakko FA400-04|
|Solder Stand||Hakko 611-1|
|Desoldering Tool||Spring Loaded One-Hand type|
|Solder||Kester 60/40 Rosin|
|Digital Multi Meter||Fluke 117|
|Wire Cutter||Hakko CHP-170|
|Wire Stripper||Klein Katapult|
|Needle Nose Pliers||Tekton Mini Smooth|
|Wire||Stranded and Solid Core|
|Task Lamp||LE Pro|
|Work Clamp||aka Extra Hands|
|Heat Gun||Not Too Powerful!!|
|Heat Shrink Tubing||Assorted sizes|
|Blank Turret Board||Unloaded Turret board or Eyelet Board|
|Parts Assortment||Mouser Electronics|