The Truth About Vintage Amps, Ep. 115

It’s the 115th episode of the Truth About Vintage Amps podcast, where legendary amp tech Skip Simmons fields your questions on guitar amps and their repair!

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Some of the topics discussed this week:

2:07 This week’s sponsors: Emerald City Guitars (check out the Jim Kelley prototype), Stringjoy Strings (use the code FRETBOARD to save off your first string order), Amplified Parts, and Grez Guitars. You can also use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase.

6:58 Listener Matt gets the Heathkit Stereo Signal Generator kit

9:27 Skip sees a Bald eagle

11:33 Waking up a 1980 Musicman 112 RD after a long hibernation

14:05 Acceptable DC leakage in capacitors, puppies attacking sprinklers

17:11 Epiphone Pacemaker desirability versus its Gibson Skylark counterpart

20:04 How to blow up an amp, heating tortillas, and Masco ME-27s

32:31  A Weber Proluxe 5E3 amp kit and reducing hum by changing coupling cap orientation; Leighton Amps/Jef Brown’s blog post (link)

43:33 Octal 6F5 tubes

38:55 An Operadio Model 1030

45:34 An Orange AD-30 with an EL84s that run hot; Servisol Super 10

51:07 A late ’80s Fender Vibroverb with a burning smell and a glowing 6L6

56:47 Thoughts on a Symphonic MA7-1?

1:00:51 Thoughts on modern reverb tanks

1:04:06 A really quiet Frenzel HBX-AC30

1:10:42 What to service on a recently-purchased 1968 Univox U235?

1:17:18 Changing values in the preamp of a SF Champ to reduce bass

1:26:09 Non-stick pans

Hosted by amp tech Skip Simmons and co-hosted/produced by Jason Verlinde of the Fretboard Journal.

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Above: Listener Dave’s Symphonic MA7-1 amp, as mentioned during this episode.