I'm always into learning new things, and one of the things I got to play with a few months back, is a 35 watt CO2 laser. My work purchased it ($12,000!!) to make name tags and signs believe it or not...well, for my sanity (and a few extra $$) I decided to learn how to really use the machine and make some fun stuff for my guitar amp building projects.
One of the guitar projects I'm working on is a recreation of a guitar amp from a company called Trainwreck
designed and built by amp Guru Ken Fisher out in Jersey. Unfortunately Ken's health was failing, so few amps were made before he passed away December of '06.
So many of us are trying to help recreate or "clone" the circuits and details of these amps to help keep the magic alive and keep these fantastic amps from falling into obscurity. Currently, a *real* Trainwreck amp can fetch between $25k and $35k on the open market!!
One of the details of these amps is that the faceplate (control panel) was made of wood, and the lettering and "logo" of the amp were burned into the faceplate using a wood burning iron. I decided to try and recreate this process using the 35 watt laser I had at hand.
This laser and the time I spent on it was a life saver for me.....work was kicking my arse and in general I was very unhappy with life. This gave me something to focus my late nights on figuring out how things worked and making some small pieces of amp-artwork so to speak.
Well I got an E-mail from a happy "customer" today, wishing me well on the new house and a big thank you to boot, along with this photo:
It's nice to see my hard work and the difficult times I've been through lately brought something good to light and made some people happy. I'm very proud of the work I did on these amplifires. I have more than 50 of these Trainwreck style faceplates that I've custom made and shipped out all over the world. Another small dent I hope I left in the 3rd rock from the sun.