The Truth About Vintage Amps, Ep. 99

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.

This week’s episode is sponsored by Calton CasesJupiter Condenser Co.Amplified Parts, and Grez Guitars. You can also use the discount code FRET10 to save 10% off your Izotope purchase.

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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

1:05:55 The Gibson GA-50, thoughts and maintenance; another way to ground your amp (non-three prong plug)
1:11:00 Giving yourself more spacing in an amp build to accommodate bigger hands
1:13:26 B+/power transformer questions on a 1977 Vibrolux Reverb
1:18:30 Peavey Encore 65 footswitch, redux

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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.