June 2020

Amp DIY

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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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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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