The Truth About Vintage Amps, Ep. 107

Episode 107: The genius of Garnet founder “Gar Gillies,” Fender reverb controls, fixing Magnatones, and more.

**Want to meet Skip? He’ll be at the January 14-15, 2023 Amigo Bay Area Guitar Show with stuff to sell (and also picking up amps that need to be serviced).**

Some of the topics discussed this week:

3:00 Deluxe Amplification’s El Pato Tone Amp (Reverb link)

7:19 El Pato, cottage cheese with salsa, Sacramento’s music instrument lending library “MusicLandria” (link)

11:09 Silverface Champs: Change just the tone stock or also increase the value of the plate resistors, the Garnet book (link)

17:23 Speaker load revisited

21:25 A 12AU7 instead of a 12AT7 in a Princeton Reverb; gochujang Korean pepper paste, kimchi

26:45 Fender reverb unit controls, explained; hybrid Vox 7-series amps; the Aclam Dr. Robert pedal (link); impedance redux; the life of a vacuum tube

34:45 What’s oozing out of Magnatone M-9’s wires?

42:29 Why does my Pepco (Garnet! Canada!) amp use two 6AV6 tubes and only half a 12AX7, instead of a whole 12AX7 and a 6AV6?

46:18 Vintage bass amps for actual bass players?

56:01 16 or 18-gauge zip cord for speaker wire? heat shrink for splicing

This week’s episode is sponsored by Calton Cases, Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars. You can also use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase.

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The Truth About Vintage Amps is hosted by amp tech Skip Simmons. Co-hosted and produced by the Fretboard Journal’s Jason Verlinde.

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Above and below: Listener Justin’s Pepco/Camaro amp as mentioned on this episode.