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Adventures in Amplification


Why and How to Replace Your Amplifier’s Output Transformer

July 6, 2011
The output transformer plays a very large role, but is not everything in shaping an amp’s tone. Upgrading it takes what the amp already is, and then enhances it.
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Turn it Down—A Guitarist’s Guide to Controlling Volume

May 2, 2011
Pete Thorn talks about various options to control your volume, while still maintaining your tone.
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Tube Amp Buying Basics

April 25, 2011
Tube amps sound their best when pushed to some degree—and while playing a 100-watt Marshall half stack at home might look cool—the amp won’t get to shine if you are limited to keeping the volume level at one.
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Adventures in Amplification: Lineage of a Dumble Overdrive Special

March 9, 2011
Peek under the hood of a Dumble Overdrive Special with a unique configuration, and listen to sound clips!
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Adventures in Amplification: Don’t Overlook the Cables

February 8, 2011
Cables, whether used for power, for linking pedals, connecting amplifier to speaker, or in the internal connections of an amplifier, offer different tonal qualities that will enhance, decrease, or be transparent to your tone
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Adventures in Amplification: Lineage of a Dumble OD-100WR

January 7, 2011
Tracing the history of a purple Dumble combo with unusual circuitry.
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The Little Magnatone That Could

September 9, 2009
When Tim runs into a dangerous power situation in an old Magnatone lap steel amp, he''s tasked with completely reimagining the project.
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