Episode 99 of our podcast and Skip has one more surprise in store… yet another giveaway prize for our 100th episode! Tune in for details on how to win it or the Grez Mendocino Junior pictured below.
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Some of the topics discussed this week:
:23 The Fretboard Summit Chicago: Come see Jason, Larry Chung, Grez Guitars, and more August 25-27 at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music (link)
7:02 One more prize for our 100th episode giveaway: A 1971 Skip-modded SF Champ
10:30 Skip is headed to a guitar show… in January (link)
12:55 A 1928 National Squareneck Tricone Style 1 for sale; a Recording King amp
17:56 One thing we’ve learned about vintage amps over the course of this podcast
23:55 Choosing the ultimate pickup-testing amp
28:13 Isaiah Mitchell; bias or no bias
32:54 A twin Reverb with a dying sound on the vibrato channel
38:50 Goat judging, redux (Instagram link)
44:39 Reverb without transformers, ie the Ampeg GU-12
46:34 A Traynor YGM-3 with an overly metallic reverb
48:38 Is an amp a signal pusher or a signal sucker?
51:03 Music Man amps, keeping a 12AX7 from failing, 6CA7 tubes, Johnny Winter’s burning Music Man (YouTube link)
53:43 Could Gibson successfully reissue a Crestline-era style amp? schematicheaven.net
58:54 How important is an original output transformer?
1:01:18 The high-pitched ringing of a V2 (12AX7) on a 5F4 clone
1:03:23 A 1968 Fender Bronco vs. a ’75 Vibro Champ
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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: A 1960 Fender Super in factory white.