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Amp DIY

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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Ask Amp Man: Revisiting the Dawn of the Sundown Artist

March 20, 2018
An ’80s amp that displays the singular perspective of player/builder Dennis Kager, with multiple effects loops and unique tricks.
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Ask Amp Man: Flat-Tire Fixes

January 18, 2018
Amp failed on the gig? Here’s what to check before panicking.
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Ask Amp Man: Positively Negative Feedback

January 4, 2018
Wanna shake up an old Fender? Try modding the negative feedback loop.
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Speaker Geeks: Got a New Speaker? Show It Some Love

December 25, 2017
As with all things guitar, a little patience can yield big dividends.
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Ask Amp Man: Add Some Marshall Grit to a Fender Bassman

November 27, 2017
How to convert a half-unused tube into a gain stage.
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Ask Amp Man: Beefing Up a Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue

November 1, 2017
How to add reverb and tremolo—and new tonal colors—to the “normal” channel of a workhorse amp.
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Ask Amp Man: A ’60s Premier Combo Gets Cleaned up for Dirty Work

October 16, 2017
Restoring a cool Multivox-made 1x12 G2R amp to its original nasty state.
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Ask Amp Man: Modding a Supro 6420 Thunderbolt

September 1, 2017
A few simple mods may, or may not, make a vintage Supro Thunderbolt ready to rumble on modern stages.
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Ask Amp Man: Modding for Headphones and an Effects Loop

August 4, 2017
How to use a Super Reverb, with a slew of pedals quietly looped in, for late-night practice.
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Speaker Geeks: Oh! The Damage Done

July 7, 2017
Learn how to patch a torn speaker cone and how to avoid voice-coil rub and frozen speaker syndrome.
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DIY: Build Your Own Rotary Speaker!

July 6, 2017
Dig those head-spinning tones? Here’s a step-by-step guide for making your own Leslie-inspired cabinet.
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Ask Amp Man: A Vintage Showman, Not Ready for Prime Time

June 30, 2017
This oddball 1963 Fender head demanded serious examination.
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Ask Amp Man: A Space-Age Gibson Titan Gets Relaunched

June 11, 2017
A rare find from 1964 lands on the workbench and is up and running after a little ground control.
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Ask Amp Man: Limited Edition Ampeg SVT

May 12, 2017
A rare “Skunk Works” production amp is brought out of the woodwork and up to speed.
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Speaker Geeks: Wiring Up a 4x12 Cab

April 19, 2017
When it comes to moving air, it’s hard to beat a 100-watt head driving a full stack. Here’s how to manage the series-parallel wiring at the heart of this classic configuration.
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Ask Amp Man: Troubleshooting an Epiphone Electar

April 14, 2017
Amp Man does a total resurrection of an old lap-steel amp riddled with puzzling dysfunction and mismatched tubes.
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Ask Amp Man: Reducing the Bass on a Fender DeVille

March 17, 2017
How to use a pedal or mod to put a 2x12’s big bottom on a diet.
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Ask Amp Man: Beware the Clean Ones!

February 24, 2017
Pristine-looking old amps are often full of dirty secrets.
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Speaker Geeks: The Lowdown on Power Handling

February 3, 2017
Here’s what you need to know to avoid blowing a guitar speaker.
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