Articles written by Dave Hunter
Articles written by
Dave Hunter

What Does This Thing Do? -- Output-tube Bias Circuit

There are a lot of mysterious components within any guitar amp, many of which remain puzzling even to hobbyists who have built a DIY project or two. In the eleventh part of Mojotone’s series What Does This Thing Do? we’re examining the output-tube bias circuit and its essential function within any amplifier.

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What Does Thing Thing Do? -- Output Tubes

There are a lot of mysterious components within any guitar amp, many of which remain puzzling even to hobbyists who have built a DIY project or two. In the tenth part of Mojotone’s new series What Does This Thing Do? we’re examining output tubes, the big bottles that do the heavy lifting near the end of the signal chain.

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What Does This Thing Do? - Bright Caps

There are a lot of mysterious components within any guitar amp, many of which remain puzzling even to hobbyists who have built a DIY project or two. In the ninth part of Mojotone’s new series What Does This Thing Do? we’re examining bright caps, those enigmatic little chunks of dielectric that have such a big impact on your tone’s top end.

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What Does This Thing Do? -- Phase Inverter

There are a lot of mysterious components within any guitar amp, many of which remain puzzling even to hobbyists who have built a DIY project or two. In the eighth part of Mojotone’s new series What Does This Thing Do? we’re taking a look at the phase inverter, the gateway to the output stage.

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What Does This Thing Do? -- Output Transformers

There are a lot of mysterious components within any guitar amp, many of which remain puzzling even to hobbyists who have built a DIY project or two. In the seventh part of Mojotone’s series What Does This Thing Do? we’re examining output transformers and their impact on any guitar amplifier’s sound.

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What Does This Thing Do? -- Cathode-bypass Capacitors

There are a lot of mysterious components within any guitar amp, many of which remain puzzling even to hobbyists who have built a DIY project or two. In the sixth part of Mojotone’s series 'What Does This Thing Do?'...

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What Does This Thing Do? — Negative Feedback Loop

many of which remain puzzling even to hobbyists who have built a DIY project or two. In the fifth part of Mojotone’s series What Does This Thing Do? we’re examining negative-feedback loops and their impact on any guitar amplifier’s sound.

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What Does This Thing Do? -- Coupling Capacitors

There are a lot of mysterious components within any guitar amp, many of which remain puzzling even to hobbyists who have built a DIY project or two. In the fourth part of Mojotone’s series What Does This Thing Do? we’re taking a look at coupling capacitors and their very real affect on the voice of any amplifier.

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What Does This Thing Do? — Preamp Tubes

In the third part of Mojotone’s new series What Does This Thing Do? we’re taking a look at preamp tubes, the smaller tubes whose essential function enables the rest of the amp to crank up the volume.

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What Does This Thing Do? — Rectifiers

There are a lot of mysterious components within any guitar amp, many of which remain puzzling even to hobbyists who have built a DIY project or two. In the second part of Mojotone’s new series What Does This Thing Do? we’re taking a look at rectifiers, those essential and often misunderstood components within the high-voltage power supply of any tube amp.

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What Does This Thing Do? -- Filter Capacitors

There are a lot of enigmatic components within any guitar amp, many of which remain mysterious even to hobbyists who have built a DIY project or two. In the first part of Mojotone’s new series What Does This Thing Do? we’re taking a look at the filter capacitors

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Class A Amps: What They Are, and What They Are Not

Long has the term "Class A" been not only glorified, but widely misunderstood as well. Today, Dave Hunter demystifies this concept, tells us what Class A amps are, what they aren't, and whether or not it even matters.

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5 Simple Les Paul Performance Tips

You can always get more out of a great guitar. Sometimes, improvements are more simple than you'd think. Today, guitar guru David Hunter walks us through 5 easy ways to beef up the performance and sound of your beloved Les Paul.

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Five Tips For Improving Your Electric Guitar Tone

Not every upgrade has to cost an arm and a leg. Today, Dave Hunter shows us five cost-effective and easy ways to give new life to our old electric guitars.

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Five Tips To Perk Up Your Tube Amp

Our amps are made up of numerous electronic components, most of which wear out over time. In today's article, Dave Hunter outlines 5 quick ways to breathe life back into your favorite vintage tone monster.

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6V6 Output Tube Taste Testing

Connoisseur of all things guitar and amp, Dave Hunter, walks us through the subtleties of 6V6 output tubes and compares three current-production 6V6s side-by-side.

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Tube Distortion: Your Amp's Dirty Little Secret

Vacuum tubes are potentially the most vital piece of the tube amplifier puzzle. For years, these little valves have shaped the most iconic guitar sounds ever recorded. Today, Dave Hunter talks about the how’s and why’s behind these famous gadgets!

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6L6 Taste Testing

6L6 power tubes are a cornerstone of American amplified sound. Today, Dave Hunter A/B/C tests three popular modern-production 6L6s and gives his honest feedback on each.

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EL84 Taste Testing

Dave Hunter knows tubes like no other. Today, he walks us through some of the history behind the EL84 and also provides some very helpful sound comparisons between three of the most popular brands in the game.

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Speaker Efficiency And Tone

Dave Hunter explores a number of ways guitarists can use different speakers to shape their tone and adapt to various of performance environments.

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