It’s the 71st installment of the Truth About Vintage Amps, featuring noisy Fenders (and a Vingtor!), clip-on fans, more candy cigarette talk and other surprises. As always, tech Skip Simmons is here for you, fielding your questions on all-things-tube-amp.
This week’s episode is sponsored by Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars.
Some of the topics discussed this week:
1:26 Jury duty
7:14 Cool tools: Using a rifle brush to clean a 1/4″ input jack (thanks Acmeverb.com!); feeler gauges; Jay Knox’s film roll hack; Pinnochio
14:50 Skip is an idiot; a sleeper ’60s Gibson amp
19:44 Mr. Valco
22:44 Ned Boynton; variable intensity vibrato on a Magnatone
24:54 A 1967 Fender Princeton Reverb with fading volume
32:51 A 1972 Fender Deluxe Reverb versus a Silvertone Twin Twelve in a band setting; the Clientele’s ‘Suburban Light’; Ilegal tequila mezcal
40:12 Chewing matches
42:27 A damp and noisy Norwegian Vingtor amp
48:45 Instapot talk; ground switch redux; using a Variac to break-in speakers; Bob Newhart; Nelson Riddle; sweet potato fries
58:35 Grant Willis (valveheaven.com); using halogen lamp isolating transformers as output transformers
1:01:15 Restoring a free vintage Precision ES-550 oscilloscope
1:07:58 Multiple output taps and negative feedback loops on a Fender clone build
1:11:49 Fender Super Twin opinions
1:17:38 A hot transformer on a boutique tube amp in (Analog Outfitters The Road)
1:20:58 Allen Encore amps
1:23:22 A Magnatone M-12 with one channel that doesn’t work
Co-hosted by the Fretboard Journal’s Jason Verlinde.
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Above: Listener Erik’s Vingtor.
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