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The Truth About Vintage Amps with Skip Simmons

Oct 27, 2022

The 103rd Truth About Vintage Amps Podcast. Special guest Mason Stoops (Jackson Browne, Marcus Mumford) walks us through his crazy Marcus Mumford live rig! Plus: Dutch potatoes, shorting jacks, vintage road cases, and more.

**Get a glimpse of what Mason is talking about by watching this video: and then listen to his explanation on our show (starts at 1:03:28).**

:47 What's on Skip's bench: a Mesa Boogie Mark I

2:21 Kevin in Ohio has joined the Rustic Kegger in the Woods (Facebook link), nasty old pine trees

7:53 Eric Daw's Solid Sound book (order link); Daniel Petrzelka's replacement pilot light washers for SF Fenders (contact him via Instagram)

18:42 Easiest way to date a Fender amp; Portland, Oregon's Cast Iron Revival (Instagram link)

22:55 Music recommendation: Sonny Burgess

27:22 A Blonde Fender Bandmaster with failing volume; Nic Grabien

31:09 Gain vs volume, redux; Hotchpotch / hutspot potatoes with kale

38:14 Alternatives to a Fender Champ 12

42:39 Shorting jacks to reduce hum in amps? Mexican gumbo soup

50:32 A 1968 Fender Bassman head with two chokes and a non-original power transformer

54:25 A 1959 Gibson GA-9 with an erratic distortion once the volume is turned up

57:00 Taming the boost on 1979 Fender Princeton Reverb with the pull-boost; original Fender-branded tubes

1:01:34 Alternatives to a Music Man RD-50?

1:03:28 Special guest: Mason Stoops! Stoops' live rig touring with Marcus Mumford, Austen Hooks-modified Filmosounds + "Space Heater" amps, Kalamazoo Model 2s, a Peavey Studio Chorus, LED lights, playing with Jackson Browne, and so much more.

Watch our video here to see what Mason is talking about (and his guitar and pedal setup): (Thanks, Duncan!)

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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