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The Truth About Vintage Amps with Skip Simmons

Apr 23, 2021

The 68th installment of the Truth About Vintage Amps with special guest Jef Brown!

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Some of the topics discussed this week: 

7:30 The details you should never annoy your amp tech with

12:23 El Pato references, explained; the El Pato-Tone practice amp (almost sold out); Knorr bullion cubes

19:19 A reissue Fender Twin Reverb with an irritating noise floor and vibrato

23:42 What to do with old 2 ohm Rola speakers; funky capacitors from a vintage Yamaha organ

30:96 Special guest: Jef Brown (Leighton Amplifiers; Southside Guitars) with more amp hacks and troubleshooting knowledge: The 3.3 meg resistor mod to 5E3s (revisited); Southside Guitars; Gibson KEA amp hacks; chokes in a power supply; a Super Reverb soaked in WD-40; new parts gone bad; a buzzy Princeton Reverb; a Fender Tone Master with misplaced grid stop resistors; a Marshall Plexi with a bad LCR filter cap; lead dress; filter caps on a clone Princeton; when to move on from a new speaker; using Fela Kuti/Burning Spear to break in a new speaker; the proper way to wire a three-prong cord to an amp with a fuse.  

Technical Note: Around 28:00, Jason's good mic somehow stopped working. Thankfully, this episode becomes the Jef and Skip show shortly thereafter so it won't affect you too much.

There's a lot of deep knowledge in this episode; dig in! 

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