March 2020

Amp DIY

ARTICLES

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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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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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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Silver and Black: Simple Tube Tricks for Beginners

September 2, 2019
Need more headroom or gain? Spin the bottles.
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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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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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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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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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Bass Bench: Parsing Power Ratings

May 10, 2019
What do these numbers really mean and can you trust them?
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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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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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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 & 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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Signal to Noise: The Brown Sound

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