Percolator 2W Tube Guitar Amp (valve amp) DIY Kit

(4 customer reviews)


The Percolator 2 Watt Tube Amp (valve amp) DIY KIT is perfect for electric guitar, cigar box guitar and harmonica. Ideal for bedroom, apartment, practice, studio, or stage. Unlike any other production guitar amp, it has an all-tube signal path that uses only one (NOS) Compactron tube (valve). The single volume knob allows for warm, rich, clear tones at lower levels and aggressive overdriven tones at higher levels — all at a moderate volume. The kit includes everything you need to build this low watt amp as shown. You can finish the cabinet any way you like, or mount the head into your own cab. See the “Documentation” tab below to download our full color, detailed manuals and videos. They provide clear, step-by-step instruction on how to build your very own Percolator tube amp!

  • 1 NOS 6AF11 Compactron tube (valve)
  • 20-gauge steel chassis, laser cut
  • Custom transformers
  • Solid poplar cabinet
  • Easy to Intermediate build; age 13+, with supervision
  • In stock for immediate shipment

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  • One multi-section 6AF11 NOS Compactron tube (valve)
  • 2 watt output, ~1 watt clean
  • 1M Ohm input impedance
  • 8 ohm output impedance
  • 6’ IEC power cable w/regional plug
  • 20 gauge galvanized steel chassis, laser cut
  • Heavy gauge polycarbonate faceplate label
  • 1/4″ phono input and output jacks
  • Volume control
  • Red power-on LED indicator
  • Power on/off switch
  • Solid 3/4” poplar cabinet
  • Solid aluminum handle
Grill Cloth Black/Silver/Beige
Width 9-1/8” (23.2 cm)
Depth 4-9/16” (11.6 cm)
Height 8-3/16” (20.8 cm)
Weight 5.6 lb (2.5 kg)

4 reviews for Percolator 2W Tube Guitar Amp (valve amp) DIY Kit

  1. Michael (verified owner)

    First off, this is the first amp kit I have built (my third) that didn’t have a missing part. So, kudos to the ZDL folks for getting that right!

    Anyway, this amp sounds great. The 5F1 tones are there, and achievable at low volumes. Dime it, and let the guitar control knobs and your playing style get you in and out of breakup territory with ease. And of course, the directions were easy to follow, and all of the wood parts were cut properly. Highly recommended!

  2. mp (verified owner)

    The Percolator amplifier is well designed. All parts were there, fit perfectly and with the detailed instructions found on the website it is a very doable project. Building it was a breeze.

    The amp looks great and sounds even better. I had been looking around for an amplifier that sounds well at lower volumes and the Percolator does that perfectly. With the volume turned up you get a very cool distorted sound.

    Both men at Zeppelin Design Lab were very helpful and quick to response to my questions via email.

    I highly recommend the Percolator Amp!

  3. Steve (verified owner)

    This is a fantastic amp and is so fun to play. I play a Tele through it and the breakup sounds so sweet. The amp is built well and customer service is top notch.

  4. John Maize (verified owner)

    Zeppelin designs has made this kit utter perfection. Everything is extremely high quality, along with the documentation. Building was super fun and the end product is gorgeous!

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What You Will Need

    Here is a complete list of the tools and supplies you will need to build the Percolator amp and finish its cabinet. Some items are listed as optional but recommended. There is more information in the online Percolator Assembly Manual, available on the Documentation tab.
  • Multimeter
  • Drill: cordless, corded, or drill press
  • Drill bits: 1/16, 9/64, 3/16
  • Countersink
  • Screw Drivers:
    • #2 Philips
    • #2 Philips, with a short shaft
    • Small Straight
  • Small awl, or nail and small hammer
  • Soldering iron, 15-50 watt
  • Wet sponge or dry solder-cleaning pad
  • Solder sucker or solder braid – optional
  • Orbital Sander (optional) or sanding block
  • Small router and 3/16” radius roundover bit, or other small detail bit (optional)
  • Wire stripper
  • Flush cutters or small diagonal cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Channel locks or large pliers
  • Bar clamp, minimum 10” opening
  • Staple gun: electric, pneumatic, or manual
  • Heat gun, or very hot hair dryer
  • Speed square or carpenter square
  • Ruler, 12”
  • Sharp pencil
  • X-Acto knife, utility knife or razor blade
  • Scissors
  • Solder, 60/40 rosin core, the smaller diameter the better
  • Isopropyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, or rubbing alcohol
  • Masking tape
  • Sandpaper, either discs for your orbital, or sheets for your block: 60, 120, 220, 320
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler (optional)
  • MinWax Dark Walnut Wood Finish (oil-base stain) or other
  • MinWax Wipe-On Poly clear satin (or other)
  • Flat black paint, or permanent black marker
  • Mineral spirits
  • Clean rags


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