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Fender Amps Gibson Guitars Hendrix homepage

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

May 21, 2020
Four irresistible combinations every guitar junkie's gotta try.
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Silver and Black - homepage

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.
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Silver-and-Black-Speaker-homepage

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.
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Dec19_SilverandBlack

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.
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Nov19_LastCall

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.
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Oct19_SilverandBlack

Silver and Black: Simple Tube Tricks for Beginners

September 2, 2019
Need more headroom or gain? Spin the bottles.
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TuningUp-FEAT

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.
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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.
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Aug19_DimesandDangerous

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.
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Jul19_DimedandDangerous

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.
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Jul19-Signal to Noise-FEAT

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.
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Jun19_BassBench

Bass Bench: Parsing Power Ratings

May 10, 2019
What do these numbers really mean and can you trust them?
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May19_Dimed&Dangerous

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.
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Apr19_DimedandDangerous

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

March 1, 2019
Practice the art of assessing sound—and character.
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Mar19-Signal-to-Noise-FEAT

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.
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Dimed and Dangerous

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.
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Feb19_SignaltoNoise

Signal to Noise: The Brown Sound

January 11, 2019
How did EVH achieve his signature tone?
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Feb19_DimedandDangerous

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

December 21, 2018
Obey the law—Ohm’s Law, that is—and avoid tube burnout!
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