Amplifiers

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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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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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 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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Point-To-Point Amps: What They Are and What They Aren't

Guitar amps have had so many incarnations over the years, it can sometimes be difficult to know what is what. In the world of point-to-point amps, there are a ton of misconceptions floating around out there, and Dave Hunter seeks to correct a few!

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Amp Output Ratings: Sizing The Amp To The Job

An amp for every venue? Or one amp to rule them all? Sometimes it can be difficult to know which of your amps is right for which setting. Today we will talk about amp wattage, how it pertains to volume, and how to know which amp is right for the job.

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7 Ways To Tweak Your Tone Without Breaking The Bank

A great read for players who want to get more out of their sound without paying an arm and a leg for all new gear. Read about our 7 favorite ways to tweak your tone without breaking the bank (and without having to be an electronics wizard).

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FIF : Basic Amplifier Voltage Test Points

Join as we quickly go over some basic voltage test points for tube amps. Knowing just a few test points can help determine if a new build is looking healthy, and can help pinpoint an issue in an older amplifier.

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A Lesson In Cool

Ben Verellen of Seattle, Wa, has created a stunning line of custom amplifiers that look as unique as they sound. Ben takes us through his shop and breaks down his building process.

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Trust Your Ears, But Be Aware...

Read along as Pete Cage of Cage Amplifiers (based in Demascus, Maryland) takes us through his workshop. We will learn about his early inspirations for electronics, projects he has completed, philosophies, and more.

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Fear And Loathing In Nashvegas

Few events in the music industry are as fun and/or trying as the annual Summer NAMM event in Nashville, TN. Join in as Logan and Andrew do their best to keep up with the hustle and bustle of NAMM life, and get into some shenanigans along the way.

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Fear And Loathing In Nashvegas Cont'd.

A continuation of our famed 'Fear And Loathing In Nashvegas' article. Join in as Andrew and Logan navigate through the catacombs of Summer NAMM and the streets of Nashville, TN.

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A Perfect Storm Of Awesome

3 Monkeys Amps is a company with a unique and intriguing background. In this article, we spend some time with two of the company's owners in their home workshop and discuss their history as well as some great new products.

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A Brief History Of Brownface Era Amplifiers

After the Tweeds came the Brown and Blonde amps from Fender. Take a quick look at these lesser-come-by relics.

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A Brief History Of Blackface Era Amplifiers

The evolution of Fender amps is long and winding. This quick glance at Blackface Era Amps aims to give you a solid start.

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Chicago School Of Guitar Making : Amps

Mojotone has been supplying amp kits for the team at the Chicago School Of Guitar Making for years. Their world renown Tube amp Building Class is well worth knowing about.

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A Brief History Of Tweed Era Amplifiers

Fender’s Tweed Era amplifiers are considered by many to be the holy grail of amp circuitry. Simple design, clear and versatile tone, classic aesthetics, and portability were all major selling points for these amplifiers.

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