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  1. Are Amp Kits worth the cost, or just go it alone?

    I have been looking, for a while now, into building a tube amp. I've been scared off from doing so due to the deadly high voltage. I'm way too new to electronics to just start soldering huge iron...
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    I really just want to build my own amp! I know...

    I really just want to build my own amp!

    I know I started this thread asking about choosing and amp. And at that moment, that is what I thought I would do... just buy a new killer amp.

    But... I...
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    Iíve never built an amp in my life, but I found...

    Iíve never built an amp in my life, but I found several kits online, esp. the Mojotone British 100Watt Kit. In 100% seriousness, what are the odds I might electrocute myself if I tried to assemble...
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    Iíd really like to have a Marshall 1959HW...

    Iíd really like to have a Marshall 1959HW 100-watt Handwired Tube Head. But those guys are $3,500 new! Yikes!
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    How to select an amplifier...

    I have a confession to make... I've played the guitar for 25+ years... yet I honestly know embarrassingly little about guitar tone and amplifiers.

    I have been asked to join a very loud rock band....
  6. I am def. not looking for any esoteric pickup...

    I am def. not looking for any esoteric pickup wizzardry. I just was mostly curious, because I couldn't find a table of contents or a review that says more-or-less what all the book covers. I def....
  7. Man... thatís a perfect idea! If I go outside w/...

    Man... thatís a perfect idea! If I go outside w/ it, and it still sounds like garbage then itís not 60 cycle him. Then itís probably one of the things you described. Itís not the guitar, because it...
  8. How to mitigate hum and signal noise in an older home?

    I am trying to do some really basic collaborative demo'style recording using my MacBookPro into Logic Pro X using just a very simple one-input Apogee Jam USB interface for guitar. I am using a 2015...
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    This is an awesome post! Thanks man! I am about...

    This is an awesome post! Thanks man! I am about to shoot out the door, so I will have to read it all in an hour or two when I get home and settled. But I did want to say... "uses an 8" hemostat (can...
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    That's a really good point. I am not knowledgable...

    That's a really good point. I am not knowledgable enough to envision in my head how this might short something, but it does seem like if you have an up-to 1 inch section of tinned wire, when you poke...
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    Wow... @Slight Return... you had me at, "Hello!"...

    Wow... @Slight Return... you had me at, "Hello!"

    I will definitely be tinning my pickup wire. It all makes perfect sense.

    You mention a tension device often in your post. Do you mind telling me...
  12. Hmmm... That is a good question. With Guitar...

    Hmmm... That is a good question.

    With Guitar amps, I feel like the technolgy made a lot of strides, or... at least a lot of changes (positive or negative is subjective) in the 1980's and 90's with...
  13. Thanks mozz and eschertron... So you think...

    Thanks mozz and eschertron...

    So you think that ultimately a modern PA, purely from an amplification POV is just an amplifier, like any other amplfier, except with a TON more power so as to create...
  14. Different considerations for a PA System vs. a Guitar amp

    In a recent thread, I asked about why guitar amp speakers never have a tweeter/woofer/sub + crossover system like a home Hi-Fi would have for listening to music/movies. I received a great deal of...
  15. I believe we haven't met. My name is Michael. I'm...

    I believe we haven't met. My name is Michael. I'm from Atlanta, lived in Europe for many years, but for the past 8 years or so, I've lived in Charleston SC. I'm 40 years old, 6'5" tall, and I'd tell...
  16. 100 thumbs down. Hmmm... :idea:

    100 thumbs down. Hmmm... :idea:
  17. Know why...? ...

    Know why...?

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    Logos that have sharp angular corners and are designed to project an overtly aggressive hyper-masculinty... such as the ENTIRE 1980's......
  18. All Fet and Mosfet... 200 Watts limited to 100...

    All Fet and Mosfet...
    200 Watts limited to 100 Watts...
    Tube waveforms that are not squashed into square SS boredom...
    Best enjoyed LOUD...

    Sold...! I would love to hear this thing! Do you have...
  19. Man! How f*****g cool it must be to be able to...

    Man! How f*****g cool it must be to be able to stand next to a mountain of amplifiers that you built yourself.

    I once hade a conversation with a college professor way back when I was 18 or 19 and...
  20. Do you have a website where I can see your amps?

    Do you have a website where I can see your amps?
  21. Hey Juan, (*or is it Juan-Manuel, or Mr. Fahey?),...

    Hey Juan, (*or is it Juan-Manuel, or Mr. Fahey?),

    Thanks for your responses. That was very cool! Lots of awesome information. I was pretty much just kidding about the cost of DIY stuff. I mean, it...
  22. I apologize guys. I posted before I looked....

    I apologize guys.

    I posted before I looked. Based on some great advice I got here on MEF, I ordered "Electric Guitar Amplifier Handbook" by Jack Darr. It came in yesterday, but I didn't have a...
  23. Schematics, Copyright and Trademark Law, Fabrication Techniques, and The Psychology of Logo Design

    I went to the Googles and typed in, 'Fender Champ 5F1 schematic,' and there seem to be... quite a number of schematics out there. Some look hand-drawn, others look more official, and some look kinda...
  24. The Fender Champ looks like the clear winner to...

    The Fender Champ looks like the clear winner to me.

    It has an on/off, and a volume knob. Sold!

    Brand new, a Fender Champ re-issue is $999. Wow! I've done a little investigation, and it looks...
  25. Suggestions for the most simple and direct amp design you know of

    Since I stumbled across this website a month or so ago, I have learned a metric mega-ton about pickups, guitars, amps, and electronics in general. I have just scratched the surface, and have a lot of...
  26. Choosing a Power Transformer for a Class A single-ended amp build

    I have worked with devices that have a Power Transformer that needed to be replaced. I did not do the replacing myself, but I was able to find a replacement very easily, just by looking at the...
  27. Thanks Greg! This is a very helpful post. ...

    Thanks Greg! This is a very helpful post.

    There are a lot of things in life that are like this. I used to be in food & bev as a chef, and one of the things I had to learn and learn to teach to...
  28. A pedal is a GREAT idea. I definitely have been...

    A pedal is a GREAT idea. I definitely have been eyeballing some of the StewMac pedal kits. To answer your question... I have soldered a half-dozen or so strat pickguards in my entire life. I did not...
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