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Amp DIY

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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Rockin' A Bassman 50

April 19, 2011
Can you apply our original Bassman mods to a ''70s Bassman 50?
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Ask Amp Man: Bringing A Gibson Duo-Medalist Back to Life, Pt. 2

March 15, 2011
Last month we began renovating and modding a late-’60s Gibson Duo-Medalist combo belonging to Tommy Kirst. (You’ll find the first installment of this series, along with the amp’s schematic and
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Ask Amp Man: Bringing A Gibson Duo-Medalist Back to Life, Pt. 1

February 15, 2011
Raising the cool factor and tone of a lackluster Duo-Medalist
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First-Time Amp Restoration, Pt. 2

January 17, 2011
Continuing the overhaul of a mid- to late-1950s Supro combo
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