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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.
Signal to Noise: Are Handwired Amps Superior to PCB-Based Designs?

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.
Dimed & Dangerous: Amps, Pedals, and Pizza Delivery

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.
Signal to Noise: The Brown Sound

Signal to Noise: The Brown Sound

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

Dimed & Dangerous: Preamp Tubes—Little Bottles, Big Sounds

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

Signal to Noise: Demystifying the Tube Rectifier

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

Dimed & Dangerous: So Many Tubes, So Little Time

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

Signal to Noise: Glass Inside—Handle with Care?

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

Dimed & Dangerous: A Day in the Life

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

Dimed & Dangerous: Solving Occupational Hazards

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

Dimed & Dangerous: How Bright Caps Shape Tone

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