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The Truth About Vintage Amps with Skip Simmons

Nov 3, 2020


Once again, guitar amp tech Skip Simmons is fielding your questions on all things tube amp.

This week's sponsors: Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars.

Some of the topics discussed on this episode:
2:05 Skip checks out a Paul Bigsby-built tenor guitar, free stuff sent to your favorite podcast hosts
14:06 Revisiting Grez Guitars' pickle jar hack
15:13 Grounding 101
22:27 Antique Electronics Supply/Amplified Parts' Tolex sample packs
26:13 Advice on Ampeg M-12 / Mercury amps
29:16 Drawing a schematic from scratch
33:30 "Two Words:" A vintage Marshall baffler
35:34 Mis-drawn schematics revisited: The UREI 1176 Compressor
39:10 A 1960s Honda 305 Scrambler project
42:42 6L6G tubes in a 5E6 Fender Bassman?
47:29 RIP: Classic Tone transformers
48:32 Adding an isolation transformer to a Harmony H400A 
52:44 Meatloaf on a grill
56:23 Cleaning grill cloth or Tolex 
59:07 Stokes and Paul C mods on a Fender Princeton 
1:03:29 Converting a Masco MA-50 and MA-17; Skip has a Gibson Falcon for sale
1:08:28 Guitarists versus harmonica players 
1:09:12 Functional differences between spade connectors and soldering for speaker leads? 
1:13:36 Turning a Conn ST-6 strobe turner into an amp... or something
1:18:02 Keeping corn tortillas intact while rolling enchiladas

Recorded November 2, 2020. 

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