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Tube Vs. Solid State Rectifiers

What is a rectifier’s job as it pertains to a guitar amp? What’s the difference between a solid state rectifier and a tube rectifier? And how do they each affect tone? We will answer these questions and provide some sound clip comparisons in today’s article.

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All About Power Attenuators

Power attenuators and their merits have long since been a topic of debate in the guitar community. Today, we will not only discuss what a power attenuator does and how it works, but we will attempt to debunk a few myths surrounding these devices.

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Let's Talk About Pickup Height

The height of your pickups relative to your guitar strings plays a crucial role in the overall sound of your guitar. We all know this can affect your output level, but how does it affect your tone, intonation, noise level, and more?

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Preamp Distortion Vs. Power Amp Distortion

What is the difference between preamp distortion and power amp distortion? How do they affect your sound and how do you affect them? Today we break it all down in hopes of taking you one step closer to your dream tone!

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Changing Your Cathode Bypass Capacitor

There are tons of mods out there for just about any circuit. Today, Logan Tabor walks us through one of the cheapest, easiest, and fastest mods around; the cathode bypass capacitor. This little guy can have a big impact on tone!

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How To Drill Your Cabinet For A Chassis

Drilling a permanent set of holes in your cabinet can be a scary thing, and it needs to be done right. This week, we learn how to properly drill chassis mounting holes into both Blackface and Tweed style cabinets.

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A Bit About Wire Types and Sizes

In the guitar and amp world, there are many different types and sizes of wire used inside our gear. Today we will take a look at those basic wires, talk about how they are used, and uncover why exactly they are used in their respective applications.

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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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Basic Guitar Setup with Groovetech Kit

Daunted by the idea of setting up your own guitar? Fret no more! Mojotone has added the GrooveTech Guitar Player Tech Kit to their product line and today Logan Tabor walks us through this basic tool kit and its 'Easy Setup Guide.'

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The Infamous Paper In Oil Tone Capacitor

As avid techs and DIYers, one of our biggest responsibilities is to preserve the relics on which we work, and to uphold their historical features. Today we briefly discuss the history of PIO caps, why they are important, and how Mojotone can help.

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Building a Mojotone GA5 Style Amp Kit

Mojotone has added a new kit to their store -- an amp kit based on Gibson's GA5. Today, Logan Tabor walks us through the build process and offers some basic insights on this true point-to-point assembly.

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Michael Phifer Interview: Guitar Craft Academy

Michael Phifer, Institutional Director for the Guitar Craft Academy program at MI's Nashville Campus, sits down with us to talk about the program, its roots, and the latest collaboration with the team at Mojotone.

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Mojotone Amp Kit Building Primer

There are many things to take into consideration if you’re thinking about building one of Mojotone’s many amplifier kits. This article provides some basic terms and nomenclature, a definition of ‘amp kit difficulty,’ and a few extra things to think about!

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Diagnosing A Blowing Fuse

If your amp won’t stop blowing fuses, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Any number of things can cause a tube amp to continuously blow fuses, and many of these things can be diagnosed from your home workshop. Read on and get your amp rocking again!

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Guitar Tone Cap Taste Testing

So you’re thinking about replacing the capacitor in your guitar’s tone circuit. Join us as our friend Logan Tabor jumps into the abyss head first and works his way through a variety of tone caps to see if what the hoopla is all about and whether he can hear a difference.

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Meet The Mind Behind Mojotone Pickups

Today we take a quick look at David Shepherd, the master pickup designer and builder at Mojotone. We will discover how he got started in the gear industry, how he honed his craft over the years, and what things look like now.

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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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The Art and Chaos of Relic'ing Tweed

Instead of fixing it, this Friday we are going to damage it...in a very intentional and controlled way. Today we are looking at some popular methods for aging tweed-covered cabinets to have a more road-worn and soulful look.

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Tweed Champ Kit Build Part 3

The time has come for us to finish our Tweed Champ Kits. Today, we will test our circuits from an electrical standpoint, build our speaker wire, and install our speaker and chassis into the Tweed Champ Style Cabinet. Finally...we will rock out!

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