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Goodsell Valpreaux 21 Amp Review

December 21, 2010
The Valpreaux is powered by two 6973s—tubes that were used in several 1960s Valco, Supro, and Gretsch amp circuits, but in little else that guitar players use.
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First-Time Amp Restoration, Part 1

December 21, 2010
A vintage Supro in need of a tune-up
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1960 Gibson ES-335 And 1959 Model 5F8A Fender Twin

December 21, 2010
The first offshoot of the popular ES-335 was the ES-355, which was intended to be the pinnacle of Gibson’s new thinline electric series.
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Electroplex Rocket 22 Amp Review

December 21, 2010
Electroplex has jumped back into the fray with the Rocket 22—a 2-channel amp powered by a pair of 6V6 tubes
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Video Review - Goodsell Valpreaux 21

December 21, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond walks us through his most recent review--the Goodsell Valpreaux 21 combo--which is featured in the January 2011 issue of Premier Guitar.

Read the full print review here - http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazine...

The 21-watt Valpreaux weighs a very manageable 30 pounds—roughly three-quarters the heft of a blackface Deluxe Reverb—and it's available in any covering or grill-cloth option listed on Mojo Musical Supply's website. Ours came in striking red Tolex with a black-and-tan grill. Top-panel features include a delightfully simple EQ section with crème-colored Tone, Volume, and Gain knobs, as well as Reverb, Depth, and Speed knobs for the three-spring reverb and footswitchable, bias-vary tremolo circuit. There's also a metal vent beneath the handle to help keep the tubes cool so they last longer and operate more reliably. Other Valpreaux features include a 12" Goodsell RGH speaker modeled after a Celestion G12H, three 12AX7 preamp tubes, and a 5AR4/GZ34 rectifier tube that runs approximately 390 volts.
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Souping Up a Bassman 10

November 16, 2010
Some easy tricks to make a sweet Fender Bassman super
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1959 Ampeg Jet

November 16, 2010
An example of Ampeg''s move to more understated cosmetics in 1958
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3rd Power Amplification American Dream 1x12 Combo Amp Review

October 20, 2010
American-made combo with "blackface" and "brownface" channels
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1961 Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody Model 6120 Serial #40749

October 20, 2010
1961 example includes ebony fretboard, Filter''Tron humbuckers, zero fret, and V-style Gretsch by Bigsby tailpiece
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Battling a Bassman Reissue

October 20, 2010
Troubleshooting a crackling amp
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Matamp Amplification Spirit 1x8 Combo Amp Review

October 14, 2010
The Spirit is a pint-size combo with vintage tone and feel
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More Twin-Taming Techniques

September 21, 2010
Digging deeper into impedance issues and capacitor leakage
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Budda Amplification Superdrive Series II V-40 Amp Review

September 21, 2010
The latest addition to Budda''s Superdrive line, the V-40, is reviewed.
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Tone Down Under: A Brief History of Vintage Australian Tube Amps

September 14, 2010
A look at the history of Goldentone, Rex, Eminar, Moody, Maton, and other early Australian amp builders
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Line 6 Spider Valve MKII 1x12 Combo Amp Review

September 3, 2010
Line 6 continues to hone their digitally-designed, tube-powered amp models while attempting to pack even more effects into the latest incarnation of the Spider Valve line.
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65Amps Tupelo Combo Amp Review

August 23, 2010
Tupelo has big, vintage-inspired American tones.
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1963 Fender Twin-Amp Model 6G8-A

August 17, 2010
In 1953, Fender launched an amp that would become the industry standard for decades to come: the Twin.
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Grid 1 G1 BPT212 Combo Amp Review

August 17, 2010
The lithium battery-powered tube amp has arrived -- but how does it sound?
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Fryette Amplification Memphis Thirty 1x12 Combo Amp Review

August 17, 2010
A two-channel, class A, EL84-equipped 1x12 combo, this 30-watt amp is packed with features and is easy and intuitive to operate.
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