The Truth About Vintage Amps, Ep. 63

Once again, Skip Simmons is fielding guitar amp questions from around the world, but this week we’re joined by special guest, Ian Moore! Ian shares Austin music scene tales, Fender mods, and a simple recipe that will have you racing to the market for jalapenos.

This week’s sponsors: iZotope (use the discount code Fret10 to save 10%), Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars.

Some of the topics discussed on this episode:

1:13 Three nightmares left
7:17 Sam’s Wurlitzer 920 combo amp from Ep. 62, revisited
9:14 Special guest: Ian Moore (Austin, Vibroluxes, Deluxe Reverbs, Marshall mods and salsa dona!)
44:26 What to do with an unusual 1968 Gibson Falcon chassis missing a cabinet?
48:48 Building a clone of Ampeg R-12-R Reverberocket
56:21 A vintage Jenson P-15Q with a quarter inch jack mounted on the speaker frame
58:14 Mary Halvorson
59:31 A Dukane PA with a low B+ voltage
1:03:21 How did Skip accumulate a barn full of PAs?
1:09:09 “Historic” or “historical;” a Bogen Challenger CHA33 with pitting on the chassis (pictured above)
1:15:00 How to properly use an ESR Meter; the Anatek Blue ESR meter (link)
1:19:00 The dwell on a reverb tank
1:21:02 Where does distortion come from; author C.J. Box
1:23:12 Testing a vintage power transformer before you install it
1:26:46 Mathew Fitzwilliam’s Goldentone Amp book, revisited (link)
1:27:15 Restoring a Goldentone 1761 Soloist; ozvalveamps.org
1:30:33 Chris from Deluxe Amplifications’ amp chassis holder (YouTube, blueprint available on our Patreon)
1:33:39 Guitar Shorty
1:36:36 The smallest mountain range in the world
1:37:32 Installing a separate filtercap eyelet board in a BF Fender
1:41:19 Using a vintage Jensen C12S speaker in a Princeton Reverb clone; bean pasta
1:49:15 Shrunken model airplane tissue

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