Build a 5E3 Deluxe

A one day one-to-one intensive course where you get to build your very own handwired guitar amplifier under the tuition of Chris Fantana, owner of Rift Amplification

You’ll get to build (and take home with you) one of the most famous guitar amplifiers ever designed, the 5E3 narrow-panel Tweed Deluxe. This amplifier has been popular with musicians since the 50s, and for good reason, they sound fantastic.

In order to ensure that the amplifier is built, fired up, tested, and completed within one day, a strict build schedule will be adhered to with no-room for tweaks or modifications. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you modifying your completed amplifier at home, so go crazy!

The days starts at 9am with a quick cup of coffee before heading straight over to the solder station to start the build. You’ll do every step of the build yourself, with Chris keeping a watchful eye over your progress, offering hints and tips along the way.


The day is hard work with much to get done in a short timeframe, so a positive ‘can do’ attitude is essential along with a spot of good humour.


The course is run on selected Saturdays throughout the year from Rift’s workshop near Brackley, Northamptonshire, and is easily reachable from both M40 and M1 motorways. The local pub serves excellent food and also offers accommodation if you need it.


Course Dates 2020
All courses postponed until further notice (Covid-19)

Amplifier specs:

12w 5E3 ‘Deluxe’ circuit, eyelet board construction
Solid Pine cabinet, covered in Tweed (unlacquered)
WGS G12Q ceramic speaker, or bring your own!
Premium transformers

The cost of the course is £1299 inc VAT. This is fully inclusive of all parts, tuition, and coffee.

To book your place, check the available dates below and then please e-mail

A 50% deposit is required to book your place, along with completing a booking form.

Dates are booked on a first-come first-served basis.

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