December 2020

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The Saga of the Linda Ronstadt Deluxe

The Saga of the Linda Ronstadt Deluxe

November 15, 2020
How a not-so-special silver-panel amp was transformed into solid gold.
Amp Too Damn Loud? Here Are 10 Attenuators That'll Save Your Bacon

Amp Too Damn Loud? Here Are 10 Attenuators That'll Save Your Bacon

October 9, 2020
Cop-call-deterring boxes from Weber, Two Notes, Bugera, Radial, Mesa/Boogie, and more.
How to Get Hendrix Tone with Classic Fender Amps

How to Get Hendrix Tone with Classic Fender Amps

August 24, 2020
How to make a Bassman, Twin, or Super Reverb sound more Experienced.
To Wreck or to Rock?

To Wreck or to Rock?

July 3, 2020
How to know when a vintage amp is worth rescuing.
Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate: Classic Guitar & Fender-Amp Pairings

Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate: Classic Guitar & Fender-Amp Pairings

May 21, 2020
Four irresistible combinations every guitar junkie's gotta try.
How to Get Big Tones on Small Stages

How to Get Big Tones on Small Stages

February 25, 2020
Find the sweet spot between volume, sanity, and sonic happiness with classic-style Fender amps.
Wake Up Tired Amps with New Speakers

Wake Up Tired Amps with New Speakers

December 24, 2019
An easy way to get better response, higher headroom, and more punch from your vintage Fender.
Silver and Black: Tips for Buying Vintage Fender Amps

Silver and Black: Tips for Buying Vintage Fender Amps

November 5, 2019
The literal ins and outs of getting the right amp at the right price.
Last Call: Following Van Halen on a Quest for Power Control

Last Call: Following Van Halen on a Quest for Power Control

October 17, 2019
Early on, Eddie discovered Variacs allowed him to adjust the electrical voltage output to his amps. Here’s a way to do it if you’re on a budget.
Silver and Black: Simple Tube Tricks for Beginners

Silver and Black: Simple Tube Tricks for Beginners

September 2, 2019
Need more headroom or gain? Spin the bottles.
Tuning Up: The Tube That’ll Save Your Amp “Marriage”

Tuning Up: The Tube That’ll Save Your Amp “Marriage”

July 24, 2019
You’re missing out if you haven’t explored the tone-rich world beyond 12AX7s.
Dial It In: Swapping Tubes

Dial It In: Swapping Tubes

July 23, 2019
Fine-tune your tube amp’s gain structure and headroom by experimenting with preamp and phase-inverter tubes.
Dimed and Dangerous: The Gentle Brute’s Guide to Troubleshooting

Dimed and Dangerous: The Gentle Brute’s Guide to Troubleshooting

July 8, 2019
Don’t be afraid to use some carefully applied force to get results—on vintage Teles or funky tubes.
Dimed & Dangerous: That’s My Sound, Man!

Dimed & Dangerous: That’s My Sound, Man!

June 20, 2019
In a new band? Here’s how to fit in sonically—and do it in style.
Signal to Noise: Current Affairs

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.
Bass Bench: Parsing Power Ratings

Bass Bench: Parsing Power Ratings

May 10, 2019
What do these numbers really mean and can you trust them?
Dimed & Dangerous: The Joy and Heartbreak of DIY Amp Building, Part 2

Dimed & Dangerous: The Joy and Heartbreak of DIY Amp Building, Part 2

April 26, 2019
Can your amp take the heat—literally?
Dimed & Dangerous: The Joy and Heartbreak of DIY Amp Building

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.
Dimed & Dangerous: Listen Up—With Your Ears and Your Gut

Dimed & Dangerous: Listen Up—With Your Ears and Your Gut

March 1, 2019
Practice the art of assessing sound—and character.