The finished amp takes me about 25 hours from start to finish due to the fact that each amp is built as a one of a kind.
Now everything is ready and I just have to assemble everything.
Once the cabinet is done, then I make the speaker baffle.
First up, cutting the opening for the controls. The part always makes me nervous.
Each suitcase I build has a pine cabinet inside for extra stability and better tone.
The first thing I do when building a suitcase amp is to remove the liner. Sometimes this is a little painful if it's in really nice condition, but hey, sometimes sacrifices need to be made!
So, here is a photo of the suitcase in it's native state. Looks like a fine candidate for an amp. Cool tweed covering wth a nice patina!