The Truth About Vintage Amps, Ep. 86

It’s the 86th episode of the Truth About Vintage Amps featuring special guest, Joe Halliday of Hello Sailor Effects (@hellosailoreffectsofficial)!

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Some of the topics discussed this week:

4:37 The business of cheese, the Prudence Penny Regional Cookbook, mead

10:34 Custom can capacitors from Hayseedhamfest.com

12:00 Skip re-builds a hacked 1961 Fender reverb unit; half-wave rectifier circuit vs. bridge rectifier circuit

16:38 Special guest: Joe Halliday from Hello Sailor Effects (Instagram link) Building amps and pedals while at sea with the British Navy, a love for old parts, octal pre-amp tubes, dummy loads (mini Wall of Sound), Free, Gibson Melody Makers, PA heads, Watkins Scout, etc.

40:48 Replacing a 6EU7 on a Gibson Falcon, DangerUXB

46:49 A Gibson GA-80T Vari-Tone with the push button tone selectors

50:46 Beginner’s Corner: Guitar-amp feedback

52:01 A Silverface Vibro Champ with a bypassed can capacitor, Ooni pizza ovens

59:55 Restoring a 1958 Fender Bassman estate find

1:10:46 Garland Jeffreys’ “Wild in the Streets” (YouTube link), a Vespa car (shell)

1:13:56 The caps in a vintage guitar

1:19:17 Vibro Champ hum since a speaker upgrade, and a 80uF 450V cap from pin 8 of the 5Y3 to ground

1:24:40 The Benson 300H, Howard Roberts, and the Fender GA-50

1:27:04 Are all AB763 Fender amps made equal?

1:30:15 Starting a ’70s Carlsboro 50 Top Head that has been dormant for decades

1:35:47 Vox AC-4 vs AC-15; DIY Fender Bassman kits

1:43:54 $325 into a 1965-1966 GA-15RVT Explorer

1:49:16 Skip says “thanks” to Joe; a vintage porcelain grilled cheese sandwich maker

The Truth About Vintage Amps is hosted by amp tech Skip Simmons. Co-hosted and produced by the Fretboard Journal’s Jason Verlinde.

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Above: The 1958 Fender Bassman on listener Garrett’s bench. Below: Joe Halliday and some recent builds from Hello Sailor!