The Truth About Vintage Amps, Ep. 60

Once again, Skip Simmons is fielding guitar amp questions from around the world.

This week’s sponsors: Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars.

Some of the topics discussed on this episode:

2:35 Skip gets a new knife (Carter Cutlery)
6:21 Restoring a 1961 Mercury Comet
9:13 Mathew Fitzwilliam’s book on Australia’s Goldentone amps (link)
21:24 What to do with a Masco MA-35 PA head, 7-series loctal tubes
29:40 The Bogen RP-1 Mic Pre-Amp
35:39 Keith Cary’s mic pre-amp / headphone hack
38:44 Early Fender Princeton GZ34 rectifier tube alternatives
45:11 Shielded wire vs. unshielded wire in the circuitry of old PA heads
50:23 Converting a Webcor reel-to-reel into a guitar amp
59:19 Keeping a vintage reverb tank alive (Gibson Maestro M216-RVT amp, MOD tank upgrade, shortening a vintage reverb spring)
1:08:51 Skip builds a Piper Cub model airplane
1:21:28 Speaker recone kits (link)
1:27:59 Proper tremolo speed / depth on a Fender 6G3
1:32:08 Klon pedals and outboard tube-driven overdrives
1:36:52 Is my Gibson GA-9 parallel single-ended?
1:44:01 Doing the Vibro Champ mod to a Stromberg Carlson Model 290, Doris Troy’s “What’cha Gonna Do About It” (link), and stuffed eggplant with crispy beef (link)
1:45:40 Mike enjoys the podcast (Mike’s band: the 6L6s)
2:06:16  The Art of Basque Cooking by Clara Salaverria Perkins

Recorded on the morning of January 1, 2021, which explains a couple of possibly inebriated callers.

Photo above: Listener Trevor’s Gibson GA-9.

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