The Truth About Vintage Amps, Ep. 122

Note to the Amp Purists: There is virtually NO amp talk on this episode. If that’s what you’re seeking, stay tuned for TAVA episode 123, out tomorrow, where we’ll have two hours of deep amp knowledge with special guest Larry Chung. Everyone else: Enjoy a very special TAVA featuring Skip’s son, Will!

What’s it like to have amp tech Skip Simmons as your dad? We find out on the 122nd episode of the Truth About Vintage Amps featuring special guest Will Simmons!

Will shares tales of growing up alongside a bunch of amps; Skip’s parenting style; Will’s love for art; and his his current work as an art critic. Also discussed: Drawbridge tales; photographer Laurie Simmons (Wikipedia link); Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture (Wikipedia link); Wynton Marsalis’ “Blood on the Fields” (YouTube link); Brice Martin; Lo Moon (link); “Are You Awake?” by Lauren Mayberry (YouTube link); Wood Belly (link); Dean & Britta; Lady Gaga vs. Lana Del Rey; and so much more.

All-told, it’s a very sweet father & son (& podcast cohost) chat. Plus: Jason learns about diet pills!

Amp related topics:

1:19:27 Soursound transformers

1:20:09 Are there any classic Fender amps that Skip hates?

1:21:51 Congratulations, John Vanderslice!

1:22:34 MTI Tubes effects unit, redux

1:26:55 A Peavey Mace 2×12, what are matched tubes?

1:32:31 Recommended: Replica tweed cabinets by Armadillo

As always, keep the amplifier questions and voice memos coming to podcast@fretboardjournal.com and thanks to everyone who listens to our show. If you love it, leave us a five-star review over on Apple Podcasts.

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Recorded October 6, 2023.

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