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Amp DIY

Tweaking a Fender Super 60

December 10, 2012
I have a Fender Super 60 head without tubes and was wondering if there’s any way to modify it to get a JTM45 sound.
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Beefing Up Channel 2 in Fender's The Twin

November 5, 2012
Found in backlines around the globe: Fender’s burly 100-watt, red-knob The Twin 2x12 combo. Photo courtesy of ampwares.com Hi Jeff, I have a couple of Fender The Twin amps:
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Tightening Up A 1972 Fender Deluxe Reverb

October 8, 2012
This 22-watt Fender Deluxe Reverb is one of the world’s classic 1x12 combos. Hi Jeff, I have a 1972 Fender Deluxe Reverb. It sounds great, so I don’t want
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More Carvin Belair Mods

September 5, 2012
Let’s dive into two more mods.
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Reducing Output in a Carvin Belair 212

August 10, 2012
It is stock and the clean channel [channel 1] sounds great, but the dirty channel [2] is muddy.
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8 Guitar-Amp Mods for Newbies

July 9, 2012
Removing or replacing a single component in your amp can have significant impacts on both its tonal character and the amount of gain or headroom on tap. Here we guide you through several easy projects you can do in relatively little time with a few basic tools.
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Taming A Fender Hot Rod Deville

July 9, 2012
Fender’s popular Hot Rod DeVille—a 60-watt 2x12 combo designed for portability and power. Hi Jeff, First of all, let me say I really enjoy reading your column every month
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Recapping A Vintage Gibson GA-79RTV Stereo Combo

May 11, 2012
The Gibson GA-79RVT is pretty cool—a true stereo amp with two discrete output stages, each feeding a 10" speaker.
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Tweaking a Crate V33

February 10, 2012
Turning a Crate V33 2x12 combo into a more powerful little tone machine.
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Souping Up A Fender Super 60

January 10, 2012
I recently purchased a Fender Super 60 1x12 with red knobs. I love this little monster’s clean sound and power, however, I’m not happy with the high-gain channel
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Venturing Inside A Vintage Carlsbro

December 20, 2011
Carlsbro amps were built in Nottingham, England, and seem to be more rare in the USA than any other British amp.
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Bringing A Blackface Bassman In From The Cold

November 15, 2011
While the Bassman was designed for amplifying a bass guitar, most players today use them for guitar, since these amps are able to get a nice overdriven tone at a somewhat useable volume.
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Tweaking a Silvertone 1484

October 18, 2011
The reverb and tremolo work fairly well, but could be stronger. Do you have any suggestions for making this amp all it can be?
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Goosing a Supro Thunderbolt S6420

September 20, 2011
A Supro S6420 with volume issues.
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Souping up a Sound X-305-R

August 16, 2011
I recently had an unusual combo come across my bench, and I felt it would make a great topic for a column.
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Tweaking A Carvin Nomad Combo

July 19, 2011
"When I dime the amp to get some nice power-tube overdrive, the sound gets a little spiky instead of turning big and round."
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Why and How to Replace Your Amplifier’s Output Transformer

July 6, 2011
The output transformer plays a very large role, but is not everything in shaping an amp’s tone. Upgrading it takes what the amp already is, and then enhances it.
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Pignose G40V Amp Mods

June 14, 2011
If you wish to use a line out simply to send a signal to the power section of another larger head or power amp, then a very basic line out will do the job.
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Dusting Off a Pignose G40V

May 17, 2011
Dear Amp Man, Please write a column about the Pignose G40V. I have not used mine in five years, so I’m curious what’s necessary to get it up and running.
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Be Your Own Builder

May 4, 2011
A guitarist takes gear repair and building into his own hands.
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