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Amp DIY

Signal to Noise: Current Affairs

May 22, 2019
Discover how a critical difference between a self-contained guitar amp and a component rack system affects dynamic response and feel.
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Bass Bench: Parsing Power Ratings

May 10, 2019
What do these numbers really mean and can you trust them?
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Dimed & Dangerous: The Joy and Heartbreak of DIY Amp Building

April 12, 2019
A tale of filter chokes, rectifiers, 60-cycle hum, and the perils of self-navigation.
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Dimed & Dangerous: Listen Up—With Your Ears and Your Gut

March 1, 2019
Practice the art of assessing sound—and character.
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Signal to Noise: Are Handwired Amps Superior to PCB-Based Designs?

February 8, 2019
Amps with printed circuit boards often get a bad rap, yet that’s not always justified.
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Dimed & Dangerous: Amps, Pedals, and Pizza Delivery

January 18, 2019
The internet can lead to great discoveries, but so can delivering pizza on a dark and stormy night.
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Signal to Noise: The Brown Sound

January 11, 2019
How did EVH achieve his signature tone?
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Dimed & Dangerous: Preamp Tubes—Little Bottles, Big Sounds

December 21, 2018
Obey the law—Ohm’s Law, that is—and avoid tube burnout!
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Signal to Noise: Demystifying the Tube Rectifier

December 16, 2018
Exactly how does this glowing bottle affect your tone?
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Dimed & Dangerous: So Many Tubes, So Little Time

November 23, 2018
Thinking about a tube swap? Here are four factors to consider.
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Signal to Noise: Glass Inside—Handle with Care?

November 15, 2018
Let’s debunk some myths about tube reliability.
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Dimed & Dangerous: A Day in the Life

October 25, 2018
How our columnist lives the dream of being an amp designer.
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Dimed & Dangerous: Solving Occupational Hazards

October 4, 2018
Lessons from the gigging guitarist’s handbook.
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Dimed & Dangerous: How Bright Caps Shape Tone

August 31, 2018
Discover the sound-sculpting properties of bright caps and how to tame treble acoustically.
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Signal to Noise: Slave to the Sound

August 15, 2018
Explore the reactive load box and the role it plays in reamplification.
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Anatomy of an Amp Cab

July 13, 2018
It may not be the sexiest part of your rig, but the speaker enclosure plays a crucial role in the signal chain. Here’s what’s going on inside.
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Ask Amp Man: A Fond Farewell

June 4, 2018
Our beloved Amp Man signs off after 13 years of answering readers’ questions from under the hood.
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Ask Amp Man: Adding Gain to a Tired Regal R-1160

May 11, 2018
Transforming a vintage pedal platform into a powerful player.
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Ask Amp Man: Tone Tweaks for a Carvin Series III X

April 6, 2018
Bolstering an amp that boogied its way alongside the ’80s competition from Petaluma.
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