December 2016

Amp DIY

ARTICLES

Ask Amp Man: Restoring a Worn Regal’s Royal Tone

December 2, 2016
Some new components and a speaker might make an old Canadian tuber sound über.
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Ask Amp Man: Restoring Electrical Flow to Peavey Combos

November 11, 2016
Although certainly not a benchmark of tone, these amps delivered affordable reliability.
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Ask Amp Man: Fattening Up a Vox AC30C2X

October 21, 2016
Find out how redirecting resistors and adding a DPDT switch to your Brit combo will yield bigger tones and more control.
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Ask Amp Man: Upping the Gain on a Super Reverb

September 26, 2016
How to get more drive with a simple mod.
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Ask Amp Man: Taming a Marshall’s Extreme Treble

August 19, 2016
Here are a few easy ways to warm up a bright vintage Marshall head.
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Ask Amp Man: Troubleshooting a Finicky Maverick

July 25, 2016
Sudden changes in volume? Check the effects loop, sockets, and tubes.
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Ask Amp Man: Reduce Power with a Pentode/Triode Switch

June 16, 2016
How to mod a high-wattage amp for all playing situations.
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Ask Amp Man: Modding a Pro Junior for an Extension Cab

May 16, 2016
Here’s how to install a new transformer and impedance switch to use a second speaker with this little workhorse.
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Ask Amp Man: Returning a Deputy to the Trail

April 11, 2016
Intermittent problems can be caused by a variety of sources, from failed tube sockets to an arcing switch.
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Ask Amp Man: Reviving an Alamo Fury

March 2, 2016
A dead amp bought for next to nothing might—with a few inexpensive fixes—become a new workhorse.
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Ask Amp Man: Diagnosing an Ailing Blues Junior

February 23, 2016
A blown fuse can mean your amp has bigger problems. Here’s how to find them.
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Ask Amp Man: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Break It!

December 22, 2015
Sometimes “improving” a funky vintage amp can ruin its sonic charm.
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Ask Amp Man: Raising the Roof on a Peavey Classic

November 29, 2015
Discover tricks to increase headroom in this popular 20-watt head.
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Ask Amp Man: Upgrading a Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb

November 11, 2015
Get beefier tones and stronger reverb from this popular reissue.
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Ask Amp Man: Demystifying the Ibanez GX20's Volume Knobs

August 18, 2015
How to make sense of the cascading gain stages in a 1980s solid-state combo.
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Ask Amp Man: Troubleshooting a Peavey Classic 50

July 27, 2015
The Peavey Classic line included some of the company’s finest amps—but they require special troubleshooting procedures.
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Beef. It’s Watt’s for Dinner

July 17, 2015
Buying a bass amp? Nothing’s more confusing—nor more critical—than understanding power classes and wattage specs. Here, we demystify the lingo and gross math to help you find the right amp for your needs.
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Power Trip: A Guide to Power Tubes and Their Signature Sounds

July 2, 2015
Whether you’re shopping for a new amp or trying to coax different tones from one you’ve got, this comprehensive look at power tubes and their sonic traits is essential reading.
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Ask Amp Man: Beefing Up a Vintage Fender Vibrolux Reverb

May 27, 2015
Can you turn a vintage Fender Vibrolux Reverb into a mini Super Reverb?
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Ask Amp Man: Restoring a 1979 Fender Twin Reverb

April 19, 2015
A modded monster regains its former “glory.”
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