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Building a Mojotone NC3015 Amp Kit: Part 1

We’re diving back into amp kit building, but this time we’re doing a British Style kit: our NC3015. This is going to be a fun build that will result in an excellent-sounding amp. If you’ve been following along, this will be a great next step after our Tweed Style builds.

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How To Check The Phase Of A Pickup

Knowing how to check pickups for their phase is important for a number of reasons. This can save time and effort for guitar techs and DIYers, and help them plan how to best install a set of pickups before going down that rabbit hole!

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NC3015 Output Transformer Swap

Plenty of our customers have been wondering about alternative output transformers for our amplifier kits. With that in mind, we wanted to demonstrate the process of changing output transformers in our NC3015 kit and capture the tonal changes that come along with this mod.

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British 45 Style Kit Master Volume Mod

One thing many of our customers have asked for over the years is an easy master volume mod for some of our amp kits. Today, Steve Snyder and Logan Tabor uncover this quick and easy mod that renders killer crunch tone at lower volumes!

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Paul Waggoner Interview 2020

We caught up with Paul Waggoner, of Between the Buried and Me fame, to talk about pretty much everything. Paul discusses how the band stays motivated, what it has been like navigating quarantine, vegan treats and much more!

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The Other Side Of The Stage: Neil Moxham

Today musician and tech extraordinaire, Neil Moxham, takes us to the other side of the stage and sheds some light on what it's like to be a professional guitar tech. Neil has worked with many great acts, and is currently the guitar tech for Godsmack.

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Filter Cap Discharge Procedure

Before working on an amplifier, it’s imperative that you take any and all necessary safety precautions. One precaution that pops up in just about every amp tech scenario is the draining of the filter caps. Today, we’re going to cover this procedure in detail so next time you need to mod or repair an amp, you’ll be in good shape!

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6L6: Tall-bottle Vs. Short-bottle

The 6L6 may well be the most commonly-used vacuum tube in amplifier history. Over the years, there have been many variations, with the tall-bottle and short-bottle variations being the most well-known. Today, we'll explore the differences between the two!

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Blues Junior Output Transformer Upgrade

The Blues Junior is an extremely popular amp. And while we do love the sound of this amp, there’s always room for a little modification. Today we’ll talk about upgrading the BJ’s output transformer using Mojotone’s hand-made upgrade transformer.

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Common Tube Amp Troubleshooting Scenarios

When it comes to tube amplifiers, there are quite a few things that can, and eventually will, malfunction. Some of these things are a lot more common than others, and seem to pop up in just about every tube amp at one point or another. Today we’ll address three common problems that all DIYers will most definitely run into.

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Interview With Jessica Lea Mayfield

This week we caught up with eclectic singer-songwriter and guitarist, Jessica Lea Mayfield, to talk about her career, sound, and the addition of the Mojotone Blackout British Amplifier to her gear repertoire.

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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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5E3 Coupling Cap Mod

There are a number of mods that can be done to the traditional 5E3 circuit; some are easy, some not so much. Today, we'll show you how to brighten up the amp's tone by changing out two coupling capacitors in the 5E3's preamp circuit. This mod is great for all skill levels!

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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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The Other Side Of The Stage: Hoogie Donias

In this week's installment of 'Make It Monday' we are journeying to the other side of the stage to meet up with Hoogie Donias, guitar tech for Shinedown. Hoogie takes us through the in's and out's of his day to day as a professional guitar tech.

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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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