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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.