Twice a month, guitar amp guru Skip Simmons fields your questions on vintage tube amp buying, restoration and repair. Co-hosted by the Fretboard Journal’s Jason Verlinde.
Submit your guitar amp questions to Skip here: firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving us a voicemail or text at 509-557-0848.
Some of the topics discussed on this episode:
1:50 Jason starts his Stew-Mac Tweed Champ kit, Skip offers soldering tips 9:33 Skip offers some new surplus aluminum amp chassis 11:05 An A/B box update 13:50 Skip’s latest projects: A Blackface Fender Bassman and a Blackface Bandmaster 15:52 An eBay score: A bargain Park-branded Marshall JTM45 20:16 TAVA t-shirt updates 22:25 Sponsors: Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery & Grez Guitars 24:30 Any female amp techs out there? (Shoutout to @fazioelectric!) 31:20 Finding an amp’s EQ sweet spot via hearing the greatest amount of change on the knobs 41:30 Higher-wattage single-ended amps 48:30 A 1960 Epiphone Pacemaker that breaks up too soon 54:15 What type of wire(s) for a vintage-style Fender clone? 1:01:00 The next steps after building a Champ 1:10:05 The horrible distortion on an Ampeg V4 1:16:20 Damage from powering a tube amp without a speaker 1:21:28 Two amp reverb from vintage Gibson, Gretsch and Supro amps 1:28:24 Fender combo speaker output 101 1:35:47 Skip’s cheap speaker cabinet tips 1:42:24 Noisy filament wire in Filmosound conversions 1:47:48 Oldies.com 1:50:19 Digging deeper into the Champ schematic
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