The Truth About Vintage Amps, Ep. 50

It’s the long-awaited, prize-filled 50th episode of the Truth About Vintage Amps Podcast! And, once again, Skip Simmons is fielding guitar amp questions from around the world. This week we’re also joined by special guests, Matt Clouston (Clouston Amplifiers) and Chris Vincent (R2R Electric).

Some of the topics discussed on this episode:

6:11 Pyko de Gallo
7:09 Deluxe Amplification’s TAVA-tribute El Pato Tone practice amp (link)
11:51 A circuit to investigate: the Kay K550
15:34 DJ Cruise Ship Derek
22:48 Hy Bloom, founder of Soundmaster, redux
28:36 Is the RCA Manual the reference for tube specs?
32:11 Can amps be cursed?
36:01 An Ampeg that gets mushy
37:39 Skip’s fallback job
38:14 Model airplanes
39:28 Netflix recommendation: ‘John Was Trying to Contact Aliens
40:13 When caps go on a 1964 Fender Champ; El Pato & yogurt
45:23 Win stuff from Manbroidery, Voyager Guitar Cabs and Chris Vincent of R2R Electric!!
49:44 Special guest Chris Vincent (DJLavalamp on Instagram, R2R Electric)
1:06:26 Occasionally farty bass on multiple amps
1:11:04 A Philly Roast Pork Sandwich
1:12:19 The bologna sandwich from Oklahoma
1:13:27 A Fender Champion 600 with a disconnected pilot light
1:15:55 Special guest: Matt Clouston of Clouston Amplifiers
1:31:18 Music to solder by: The Peddlers
1:33:56 Australia’s Goldentone 1750 / Broadway amplifier and the 6GW8 tube
1:37:48 Schematics in the public domain?
1:39:28 A reissue Fender Vibroverb with a reverb that rings with a C-note
1:43:09 A life changed thanks to Skip
1:46:58 Ranch Water; pico de gallo
1:48:58 Skip’s riff when testing out an amp

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Photo above: Cruise Ship Derek’s Soundmaster PA head (as heard at 15:34).  Below: R2R Electric’s Treble Booster in an El Pato can, our grand prize giveaway.