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Jeff Bober

Jeff Bober

Jeff Bober is one of the godfathers of the low-wattage amp revolution. He co-founded and was originally the principal designer for Budda Amplification, though he launched EAST Amplification (eastamplification.com) in 2010. You can catch his podcasts at ampsandaxescast.com or email him at pgampman@gmail.com.

ARTICLES

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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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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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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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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Ask Amp Man: Supercharging a Super Reverb

January 13, 2017
Six ways to beef-up the breakup on the classic Fender combo.
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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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