The Truth About Vintage Amps with Skip Simmons
The Truth About Vintage Amps with Skip Simmons
The Fretboard Journal
Twice a month, guitar amp guru Skip Simmons fields your questions on vintage tube amp repair, restoration and collecting. Often hilarious and always insightful, it's like no other guitar podcast out there.
Ep. 106: "That's When You Know You're Doomed"
Episode 106: No special guests, but plenty of amp questions answered and some recipes!  Some of the topics discussed:  1:01 It's good to be anxious 3:59 Our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/vintageamps 4:18 Any interest in a Seattle amp swap meet / hang on December 31? Message me at podcast@fretboardjournal.com. 4:49 Deluxe's TAVA-tribute El Pato-Tone 9-volt practice amp: Now available in the green El Pato can! (Reverb link) 7:51 Music recommendation: Thee Sinseers (NPR Tiny Desk concert link); The "5" Royales (YouTube link) 9:23 How is amp output affected by adding speakers? 12:39 Impedance vs resistance, revisited; phaser analysis; chicken curry 17:27 The Soursound transformers episode (link); when does the speaker deep dive happen?; amps with hybrid circuits; harpist Emily Hopkins (YouTube link), 8417 tubes 27:38 Netflix's new documentary, 'Travelin' Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall' 30:45 Harp player Paul Oscher; Jontavious Willis' interview with Oscher on the Diddie Wah Diddie podcast (link) 33:34 Tips on extending wiring; a Western Electric Slice 37:06 Safe long-term storage of vintage amps; a Falcon discovered in the trunk of a car 40:23 What's the simplest tube reverb circuit? the Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb pedal, vintage Premier 90 Reverb tanks 45:38 'The How & Why of Guitar Tube Amps' by Gar Gillies (order: http://www.garnetamps.com/order_b.htm) 50:57 Now you have a third salad dressing 51:31 Is the speaker switch I made safe to use? Grits with smoked gouda 1:00:07 Buying a second-hand Mesa Boogie amp 1:04:02 What's the CSA Thermal Protector on a Fender Musicmaster Bass amp? 1:06:52 An Australian Philips PA conversion that won't stop popping and crackling; cathode resistors and plate load resistors 1:09:17 Three Marshall Super Lead heads, one that has ghosting; filter capacitance 1:18:35 Soup with kale and white beans 1:21:01 Yank magazine; a fancy tube tester (and a Heathkit signal generator) still available at Skip's; Rabbit Hole bourbon (link); Sherwood (British TV show); see Skip at the Marin Guitar Show (January 2023, link) This week's episode is sponsored by Calton Cases, Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars. You can also use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase. Support us on Patreon.com for added content and the occasional surprise and don't forget to get a subscription to the Fretboard Journal (link). Digital subscriptions start at just $30. There's a giant index page for nearly all the former topics we've discussed in our first 100 episodes found here.  Submit your amp questions, recipes and life hacks to the podcast via podcast@fretboardjournal.com and don't forget to share the show with friends on social media. 
Dec 6
1 hr 26 min
Ep. 105: "You Started a Chainsaw" (Special guest: jdflyback)
** We are doing another run of Truth About Vintage Amps t-shirts. Pre-order your shirt now by clicking here: https://silkshopstores.com/tavamerch/shop/home ** Just in time for the holidays: A bonus Truth About Vintage Amps episode! This week, no listener-submitted questions. Instead, we introduce you to Joshua Dejaen, a.k.a. jdflyback on YouTube. This young, Pacific Northwest-based electrical engineer has taken YouTube by storm with a viral video where he not only built a tube amp from scratch, he even built the tubes! Watch Joshua's video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UEfqAWb3fE&t=439s During our chat, we hear how Joshua got his start building vacuum tubes at home, learn about some of the grassroots tube builders / electrical engineers who have inspired him along the way, and hear about Joshua's build process. We also learn about the perils of microwave oven transformers and so much more. Joshua has included a schematic for the spot welder he used in his tube-making video. See the show notes on fretboardjournal.com or check our Instagram/Patreon pages. Other references mentioned by Joshua: 'Saga of the Vacuum Tube,' by Gerald F.J. Tyne (Amplified Parts order link) https://simplifier.neocities.org https://www.youtube.com/@glasslinger/ 'Materials Technology for Electron Tubes' by Walter H. Kohl  (Tubebooks.org link) This week's episode is sponsored by Calton Cases, Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars. You can also use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase. Support us on Patreon.com for added content and the occasional surprise and don't forget to get a subscription to the Fretboard Journal (link). Digital subscriptions start at just $30. In early December, we'll celebrate the third anniversary of TAVA with Ep. 106. Submit your amp questions, recipes and life hacks to the show via podcast@fretboardjournal.com, and don’t forget to share the show with friends on social media. The Truth About Vintage Amps is hosted by amp tech Skip Simmons. Co-hosted and produced by the Fretboard Journal‘s Jason Verlinde.
Nov 21
36 min
Ep. 104: "I Bought a Headache"
Episode 104: No special guests, but plenty of amp questions answered, plus lots of schematic talk, A/B/Y boxes, a recipe or two, and a parenting tip! Some of the topics discussed:  1:03 A 1954 Fender extension cabinet (tweed, but spray painted black); Fender Amps: The First 50 Years (Amazon link); asbestos in amps 7:04  Why are the PA amps I'm restoring so noisy? Masco MA-25; Stromberg-Carlson AU42 12:49 Resistance versus impedance; the functions of a choke in an amp 18:37 What happened to the quick & easy recipes? Canned soup hacks; replacing a broken terminal strip 23:13 Putting a three-prong plug on an old Variac; movie recommendation: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (link) 27:08 A one-tube reverb circuit (link); Kodak projectors; a voltage doubler 30:15 Getting your kids interested in electronics; paper airplanes; candle powered boats (Amazon link) Amplified Parts pedal kits (link) 35:21 Working on early Carvin tube amplifiers 39:09 Jack's Darr's Fender schematics 40:48 A 6G3 clone with a tube rattle; tube rings; goats 46:59 A Vega Commander Fidelity Amp Model No. 51; 1273 tubes 52:57 A "pop" whenever you turn your pedal on 57:15 Why don't more players use an A/B/Y and play multiple amps at once? 1:00:02 The bass control on a Gibson EH-185 schematic, amps that don't use the Baxandall tone control 1:03:03 What is the amp that came with my lap steel, what's with the 80 tube, how do I find a schematic for it, and what do I do with it?     1:09:20 Metal tubes versus glass tubes    1:11:50 The history of Rogers hi-fi's; beer bread pizza      1:14:58 Recommended: The Computer Clinic of Chico, California   This week's episode is sponsored by Calton Cases, Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars. You can also use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase. Support us on Patreon.com for added content and the occasional surprise and don't forget to get a subscription to the Fretboard Journal (link). Digital subscriptions start at just $30. Submit your amp questions, recipes and life hacks to the podcast via podcast@fretboardjournal.com and don't forget to share the show with friends on social media. 
Nov 13
1 hr 18 min
Ep. 103: "If You Want Something, You Have to Do Something"
The 103rd Truth About Vintage Amps Podcast. Special guest Mason Stoops (Jackson Browne, Marcus Mumford) walks us through his crazy Marcus Mumford live rig! Plus: Dutch potatoes, shorting jacks, vintage road cases, and more. **Get a glimpse of what Mason is talking about by watching this video:  https://youtu.be/TH-bixpr-EQ and then listen to his explanation on our show (starts at 1:03:28).** :47 What's on Skip's bench: a Mesa Boogie Mark I 2:21 Kevin in Ohio has joined the Rustic Kegger in the Woods (Facebook link), nasty old pine trees 7:53 Eric Daw's Solid Sound book (order link); Daniel Petrzelka's replacement pilot light washers for SF Fenders (contact him via Instagram) 18:42 Easiest way to date a Fender amp; Portland, Oregon's Cast Iron Revival (Instagram link) 22:55 Music recommendation: Sonny Burgess 27:22 A Blonde Fender Bandmaster with failing volume; Nic Grabien 31:09 Gain vs volume, redux; Hotchpotch / hutspot potatoes with kale 38:14 Alternatives to a Fender Champ 12 42:39 Shorting jacks to reduce hum in amps? Mexican gumbo soup 50:32 A 1968 Fender Bassman head with two chokes and a non-original power transformer 54:25 A 1959 Gibson GA-9 with an erratic distortion once the volume is turned up 57:00 Taming the boost on 1979 Fender Princeton Reverb with the pull-boost; original Fender-branded tubes 1:01:34 Alternatives to a Music Man RD-50? 1:03:28 Special guest: Mason Stoops! Stoops' live rig touring with Marcus Mumford, Austen Hooks-modified Filmosounds + "Space Heater" amps, Kalamazoo Model 2s, a Peavey Studio Chorus, LED lights, playing with Jackson Browne, and so much more. Watch our video here to see what Mason is talking about (and his guitar and pedal setup): https://youtu.be/TH-bixpr-EQ (Thanks, Duncan!) This week's episode is sponsored by Calton Cases, Jupiter Condenser Co., Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars. You can also use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase. Support us on Patreon.com for added content and the occasional surprise and don't forget to get a subscription to the Fretboard Journal (link). Digital subscriptions start at just $30. Submit your amp questions, recipes and life hacks to the podcast via podcast@fretboardjournal.com and don't forget to share the show with friends on social media. 
Oct 26
1 hr 46 min
Ep. 102: "I Relapsed"
Special guest Bryan Sours (Soursound transformers) joins us for an epic talk all about transformers! Note: This is the longest episode of TAVA to date, and one of the most information-rich. I didn't attempt to make complete show notes for all the topics Bryan covered as it would be impossibly long. For our listeners who like to get into the weeds, this episode is for you. Dive in. **Also, for a limited time, Bryan Sours is offering TAVA listeners a special discount: Use the code SKIPSENTME when you check out at https://soursound.com. ** This week's episode is sponsored by Calton Cases, Jupiter Condenser Co., Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars. You can also use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase. Support us on Patreon.com for added content and the occasional surprise and don't forget to get a subscription to Jason's magazine, the Fretboard Journal (link). Some of the topics discussed this week: :00 Skip has COVID 4:49 Temple Grandin in the Wall Street Journal (link) 7:18 The top boost circuit in a Vox AC30 from a Gibson GA-70? (link) 8:40 What's the deal with all these PA head and Filmosound conversions?   13:39 Special guest: Bryan Sours of Soursound: Making transformers, working with Benson amplifiers, rewinding transformers, custom transformers, and a lot more. There's a steak recipe toward the end, too.     Submit your amp questions, recipes and life hacks to the podcast via podcast@fretboardjournal.com and don't forget to share the show with friends on social media. 
Oct 11
2 hr 26 min
Ep. 101: "One Piece at a Time"
Episode 101 of TAVA: Gain, flux, gochujang and more!  This week's episode is sponsored by Calton Cases, Jupiter Condenser Co., Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars. You can also use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase. Support us on Patreon.com for added content and the occasional surprise and don't forget to get a subscription to Jason's magazine, the Fretboard Journal (link). Some of the topics discussed this week: 12:00 Building a 5F1, Little Charlie's Spanish Rice and the impact of TAVA 14:13 Listener Mitch's landline USB phone!; weirdest thing found in amps; frozen kale crumbles; Angela caps; gochujang spice 21:00 Do EL84s sound different after being on for a half hour? 23:27 What's the difference between volume and gain? 25:47 The Trainwreck Type-3 master volume, redux 27:34 Tad's Bell & Howell amp; maple syrup from New Hampshire 28:24 Clean flux or leave it on? 29:55 An Australian barn find: A 1960 Moody 17/12 amp; fixing silkscreening on a control panel; a 9-pin triode pentode (6BL8); Dynaco ST-70 amps; adding avocado to vegemite toast 35:56 A barn find Filmosound; what to do when starting up a long-dormant amp, checking capacitors for ECR 47:22 Electrolytic bypass caps on preamp tubes 51:50 Frozen fruit instead of ice cubes in cocktails 52:33 A silverface Fender amp with a conductive part board; moisture in a part board? 58:57 Does anyone like amps with combination fixed and cathode bias? 1:01:56 Buying a 1960s Gretsch 6152 as your first vintage amp 1:05:54 What's the difference between all the input jacks on a 6G2 Princeton vs a 5F11 Vibrolux 1:07:04 Book recommendation: Please Kill Me: The Uncensored History of Punk (Amazon link); music recommendation: 'Balsams' by Chuck Johnson (Bandcamp link); the trem circuit in a Victoria Victorilux 1:13:05 Yank, the Army Weekly magazine 1:15:11 Bill Orcutt's Music for Four Guitars (Bandcamp, FJ Podcast appearance) 1:16:12 Rust on transformers and how it affects performance, eddy currents, Plush amps, Metal Rescue 1:20:17 A Stromberg Signet 22 PA head converted into a two-EL84 Matchless DC-30 that makes lightsaber sounds 1:26:54 The typewriters of the Beat poets; the Beat Museum in SF (link)  1:30:12 An Eico 950 Capacitor Tester    1:35:44 Brew 102 beer    Submit your amp questions, recipes and life hacks to the podcast via podcast@fretboardjournal.com and don't forget to share the show with friends on social media. 
Sep 27
1 hr 36 min
The Truth About Vintage Amps, Ep. 100
Our 100th episode! To help us celebrate this milestone, Skip and Jason are joined this week by friends of the show Nels Cline (Wilco), Barry Grzebik (Grez Guitars), Jesse Quitslund (Acme), Steve Melkisethian (Angela Instruments), and Colleen Fazio (Fazio Electric). We tackle a few amp questions, get the first-ever ambient remix of our podcast, catch up, and announce the winners of our 100th episode giveaways.  This week's episode is sponsored by Calton Cases, Jupiter Condenser Co., Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars. You can also use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase. Support us on Patreon.com for added content and the occasional surprise.  Some of the topics discussed this week: 4:48 'California Burning' book (Amazon link) 7:05 Special guest: Nels Cline: Daybreak Seaweed Flakes (link)  8:26 Our TAVA 100 Giveaways: A Grez Mendocino Junior; a Skip-modded SF Fender champ; a Madsen Amplification GE Boost (use the discount code TAVA 20 at madsenamps.com); a FirstCoast Amplification-modified Masco-turned-5F2A Princeton (FirstCoast's Reverb store); Eric Daw's new book 'Solid Sound: 23 Schematics for Wiring Vintage and Modern Single-Coil, Solid-Body Guitars' (order link) 11:01 Special guest: Barry from Grez Guitars 11:23 Special guest: Jesse Quitslund (Acmeverb.com) 17:55 Special guest: Steve Melkisethian (Angela Instruments), a rough tomato season, the Angela SSE amp project 21:52 Special guest: Colleen Fazio (fazioelectric.com) 26:35 Marty from the Oregon Coast 28:05 Carlsbro amps, haunted amps 33:38 What does a wattage rating really mean? 38:29 Derek the Cruise Ship Guy's ambient TAVA remix; increasing the tremolo on old Fender amps, pulling the tremolo pre-amp tube to increase gain, McGohan PA amps 48:14 Building the Angela SSE amp (link to the catalog/schematic) 53:35 Favorite speakers for black panel Fenders, Colleen's test cabinet 56:26 A philosophical question: What if the modded vintage amp you bought was modded by a genius?; homemade hot sauce, mica caps, replacement Fender Silverface pilot light washers 1:07:19 The amp that Barry at Grez puts all his guitars through 1:09:06 Was the Vox AC-30 circuit inspired by a Gibson design? EL34s in early AC-30s 1:12:19 Music recommendation: Billy Jack Wills' Crazy Man Crazy (YouTube link), Bob Wills' 1941 Martin D-45 (catch Jason in this Emerald City Guitars' YouTube video) 1:13:54 How to tell a tube's origin from its appearance? 1:18:06 Thoughts on putting a vintage transformer in a Champ kit; single-ended Hammond output transformers (125 BSE, ESE, etc); 5932 tubes 1:33:52 TAVA's most boring or brilliant moments; laptop-to-tube-amp connections (speaker-driven line out from a headphone jack?) 1:36:22 The differences found in top boost and bright switches 1:39:22 The Coriolis effect on electrons in a pre-amp tube in the Southern hemisphere, the Goldentone amp book (link) 1:40:51 Grid leak bias amps and giving an amp more headroom 1:46:57 Barry describes the Grez Mendocino Junior that we're giving away 1:48:08 Special guest Nels Cline joins us, again! Nels' touring amp with Wilco, eating on the road, Standels, hot sauce, and more 2:00:39 Homemade coconut rice; Hank Mobley's 'Roll Call' or 'Soul Station;' Dexter Gordon; Wynton Kelly's Piano with Kenny Burrell; the best progression for a Champ clone to a Filmosound; 'Norman Blake/Tut Taylor/Sam Bush/Butch Robins/Vassar Clements/David Holland/Jethro Burns'; Fripp & Eno; Bill Evans' 'Live at the Village Vanguard' 2:08:23 More advice for those wanting to build a Champ 2:10:15 Adding a speaker jack to a Tweed Champ; balanced power? homemade hot sauce 2:13:53 One last "giveaway" Submit your amp questions, recipes and life hacks to the podcast via podcast@fretboardjournal.com and don't forget to share the show with friends on social media. 
Sep 13
2 hr 20 min
Ep. 99: "EQ and You"
Episode 99 of our podcast and Skip has one more surprise in store...  yet another giveaway prize for our 100th episode!  This week's episode is sponsored by Calton Cases, Jupiter Condenser Co., Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars. You can also use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase. Support us on Patreon.com for added content and the occasional surprise. One of our patrons will win a Hello Sailor Fuzz Face this month!  Some of the topics discussed this week: :23 The Fretboard Summit Chicago: Come see Jason, Larry Chung, Grez Guitars, and more August 25-27 at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music (link) 7:02 One more prize for our 100th episode giveaway: A 1971 Skip-modded SF Champ 10:30 Skip is headed to a guitar show... in January (link) 12:55 A 1928 National Squareneck Tricone Style 1 for sale; a Recording King amp 17:56 One thing we've learned about vintage amps over the course of this podcast, a 1960 Fender Super in factory white (Instagram link) 23:55 Choosing the ultimate pickup-testing amp 28:13 Isaiah Mitchell; bias or no bias 32:54 A twin Reverb with a dying sound on the vibrato channel 38:50 Goat judging, redux (Instagram link) 44:39 Reverb without transformers, ie the Ampeg GU-12 46:34 A Traynor YGM-3 with an overly metallic reverb 48:38 Is an amp a signal pusher or a signal sucker? 51:03 Music Man amps, keeping a 12AX7 from failing, 6CA7 tubes, Johnny Winter's burning Music Man (YouTube link) 53:43 Could Gibson successfully reissue a Crestline-era style amp? schematicheaven.net 58:54 How important is an original output transformer? 1:01:18 The high-pitched ringing of a V2 (12AX7) on a 5F4 clone 1:03:23 A 1968 Fender Bronco vs. a '75 Vibro Champ  1:05:55 The Gibson GA-50, thoughts and maintenance; another way to ground your amp (non-three prong plug)   1:11:00 Giving yourself more spacing in an amp build to accommodate bigger hands    1:13:26 B+/power transformer questions on a 1977 Vibrolux Reverb    1:18:30 Peavey Encore 65 footswitch, redux  Submit your amp questions, recipes and life hacks to the podcast via podcast@fretboardjournal.com and don't forget to share the show with friends on social media. 
Aug 24
1 hr 23 min
Ep. 98: "Reserve Champion"
With Skip's internet down, we recorded our 98th episode the old-fashioned way. Once you get past the distorted land line telephone, you'll hear about how you can win some truly amazing gear on our 100th episode (including a new Grez Mendocino Junior guitar!), plus what inspires Skip, screen resistors on power tubes, center taps on resistors, and one heck of a goat story. This week's episode is sponsored by Calton Cases, Jupiter Condenser Co., Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars. You can also use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase. Support us on Patreon.com for added content and the occasional surprise. One of our patrons will win a Hello Sailor Fuzz Face this month!  Some of the topics discussed this week: :54 The Fretboard Journal 50 (link) ...and issue 1; NAMM Shows 6:15 Our 100th episode giveaways: Win a Grez Guitars Mendocino Junior; a Madsen Electronics GE Fuzz; or a First Coast Amplification Masco - 5F2A Princeton conversion... plus, Josephine Baker was a spy 11:57 What exactly does a Variac do on a dormant amp? 15:43 A super microphonic Deluxe Reverb 17:33 Screen resistors on power tubes: 1-watt resistors vs 3-watt resistors 22:10 Center taps on power transformers: Grounded, tapped-off, or artificial? 26:29 Replacing the rotary off-on switches on Gibsons; Carling rotary switches (link) 29:45 What inspires Skip 35:23 Skip and the Reserve Champion goat 47:09 How important is the orientation of film capacitors?   53:20 A 1974 Fender Pro Reverb with a hissing problem that goes away with the vibrato; rosemary seasoned foil-wrapped corn on the cob 59:08 Voltage on the chassis of a two-pronged Harmony H-195 1:03:50 Replica cabinets from Lightning Music in Marengo, Ohio; Electro-Harmonix Hum-Debugger pedals, Bruce Forman, James "Blood" Ulmer, the Westerlies 1:07:48 The Fretboard Summit at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, August 25-27, 2022 (www.fretboardsummit.org) 1:09:18 Ananyo Bhattacharya's 'The Man From the Future: The Visionary Life of John Von Neuman' (Amazon link), vacuum tubes for computer memory, Nixie tubes, Fender Dimension IV Sound Exploder / Tel-Ray goo 1:12:26 The tone of Orange Drop capacitors: polyester versus polypropylene; spaghetti bolognese with a slug of El Pato 1:19:25 A Carl's Custom Amps Octal Princeton that can use either a 6L6, EL34, KT77, or 6CA7... and the difference in wattage 1:23:24 Musical instrument insurance; Heritage Insurance (link)  1:26:25 Do you need an insulator board on a turret board amp build? How to find time to work on amps when you have a busy life and family and other parenting tips.    1:36:22 Homework: How to add a tone control to a Gibson GA17-RVT?  Submit your amp questions, recipes and life hacks to the podcast via podcast@fretboardjournal.com and don't forget to share the show with friends on social media. 
Aug 10
1 hr 36 min
Ep. 97: "Do I Want the Red or the Gold?"
Are we really running out of vacuum tubes? This week, special guest Thomas Cravener of Amplified Parts joins us to talk about the 2022 new tube shortage, plus a lot more. Reserve a new TAVA t-shirt here. This week's episode is sponsored by Calton Cases, Jupiter Condenser Co., Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars. You can also use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase. Support us on Patreon.com for added content and the occasional surprise. One of our patrons will win a Hello Sailor Fuzz Face this month!  Some of the topics discussed this week: :27  A cool guy's Traynor and tube stuff from the Forest Service in Chester, California 1:47 A '60s Heathkit IG-5237 still sealed in the box (stereo FM signal generator) 4:07 The Fretboard Journal's 50th issue, the Fretboard Summit in Chicago, the legacy of Dumble 10:08 This week's sponsors: Amplified Parts, Calton Cases, and Jupiter Condenser Co. 11:12 This month's Patreon giveaway: A Fuzz Face from Hello Sailor! Effects 13:17 Fire season in Northern California 14:53 An Ampeg B-12XY with an internal 5-watt amp for speaker-driven reverb, Guild Thunderbird amps 18:26 Reserve your new TAVA t-shirt (link) 19:26 Tube naming, revisited 20:41 Last episode's smoking Earthsound Research G-2000... fixed?; more fuse talk 23:34 Skip explains his WD-40 stance; Red Green 27:53 Kevin from Ohio, eBay score Patreon perks, EIA codes 32:49 Special guest: Thomas Cravener, V.P. Sales and Marketing at Amplified Parts: Russian/Chinese tube supply; Amplified Parts is still buying/selling NOS tubes; Psvane tubes; building Mallory Capacitors (YouTube link) 56:59 Gibson GA-8; do I need a matched set of 6V6s in a parallel single-ended amp? 1:02:34 Using alcohol in cooking; kale as shoe repair 1:05:57 Building a Masco Audiosphere A-8 off the schematic (6V6 or 6L6) 1:10:15 Jupiter caps at Amplified Parts; the low acceptable DC voltage on leaky coupling caps 1:12:57 A Flot-A-Tone with a howling problem 1:15:36 A Masco head from the 50/50 Club gets reunited with its cab 1:18:00 Trying to match the dynamics and distortion of an Ampeg B-25 and a Marshall Plexi clone; post-power inverter master volume mods, buying pedals off Amazon 1:23:51 What would Skip buy: A silver-paneled Princeton Reverb, a high-quality clone, or a new hand-wired one from Fender? 1:27:20 Howling Flot-A-Tone revisited, 6SC7 tubes 1:27:10 1966 Fender Pro Reverb with a big increase in plate voltage right after using the standby switch; standby switch 101; GZ34 vs 5U4 rectifier tubes; roasted potatoes 1:37:29 Taming the treble on a Marshall Mercury (we'll attach the schematic to the fretboardjournal.com show notes page so you can see what we're discussing) 1:42:16 Skip's learning curve: Did he work on ultra-collectible amps when he was still starting out? a '53 Tweed Deluxe with no original parts; William Penn and His Pals' "Swami" (YouTube link) Submit your amp questions, recipes and life hacks to the podcast via podcast@fretboardjournal.com and please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify if you love the show. It helps others discover it. 
Jul 16
1 hr 54 min
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