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The Truth About Vintage Amps with Skip Simmons

Jan 19, 2021

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

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Some of the topics discussed on this week's episode:

6:15 Jason gets a Martin 110 amplifier
13:24 A DeArmond amp anomaly
15:47 The Truth About Recording and Mixing (link)
16:15 Skip's speaker-driven reverb / speaker-driven line out schematic (see our Instagram for the image)
39:19 Figuring out the distortion profile in a scratch-built amplifier
43:39 Skip makes a tube fuzz; Rustoleum Hammered paint
45:12 Updates on Skip's model plane, gopher bait
47:37 Herniating amps via speaker changes
53:17 The mystery oil in a Standel echo unit
57:44  A 1967 Fender Bassman that keeps shattering tubes
1:05:05 Saving a cracked two-prong plug

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