The Truth About Vintage Amps, Ep. 134

It’s the 134rd episode of the Truth About Vintage Amps podcast, where amp tech Skip Simmons fields your questions on all-things-tube amp!

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Some of the topics discussed this time around:

2:36 Our sponsors: Emerald City Guitars, Amplified Parts, StewMac, and Grez Guitars.

13:06 Skip has a Falcon for sale; Mumbo Gumbo

13:58 I put the electrolytic capacitor in backward on a 5F2A build; how coupling caps work; what to do with this Gregory Mark 1?

19:16 Natural year-round lemonade

20:21 How to fix the broken reverb on a vintage Gibson Falcon; open secondaries, someone needs to make a replacement Falcon transformer

22:20 What do you do if you need to replace a capacitor and its original part is different from the schematic? Steve Albini’s Gear Dork Videos (Garnet, Samamp)

28:58 Special guest: Jonathan Stout (link)! Field coil speakers; traffic sounds; Gibson EH-150/185 amps; Vintage 47 amps (link);  Combs Guitars JJ-150 pedal (link); Quilter 101 heads; the evolution of amplifiers; Junior Barnard; the Echo Speaker jack on a Gibson EH-150, Knott’s Berry Farm, Fender Tweed Pros; Marie Sharp’s hot sauce; pizza stones; pizza tips

1:03:38 David Lindley; Jackson Browne; Greg Leisz on the FJ’s Steel Podcast (link)

1:04:11 Revisiting the Ice Cube

1:06:39 Non-reverb Princeton love; the Brown Box voltage attenuator

1:08:21 This week’s Baffler: What amazingly killer amp can you turn a non-reverb Princeton into?

1:08:49 Waiting for a ferry in Snowdonia; early mountain biking

1:14:46 A VHT Special 6 with a useless tone knob

1:18:45 6L6s in a Fender Deluxe Reverb; acceptable idle current range; Revere Ware; Cameo Copper Cleaner; Chuck roast instead of brisket; spicy Italian sausage in pasta sauce; Brussels sprouts; beer

Special thanks to Tim Le Blanc for his help mixing this episode. Recorded May 24, 2024.

Above: Jonathan Stout’s non-Quilter amp. 

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

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