Aug 11, 2022
With Skip's internet down, we recorded our 98th episode the old-fashioned way. Once you get past the distorted land line telephone, you'll hear about how you can win some truly amazing gear on our 100th episode (including a new Grez Mendocino Junior guitar!), plus what inspires Skip, screen resistors on power tubes, center taps on resistors, and one heck of a goat story.
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Some of the topics discussed this week:
:54 The Fretboard Journal 50 (link) ...and issue 1; NAMM Shows
6:15 Our 100th episode giveaways: Win a Grez Guitars Mendocino Junior; a Madsen Electronics GE Fuzz; or a First Coast Amplification Masco - 5F2A Princeton conversion... plus, Josephine Baker was a spy
11:57 What exactly does a Variac do on a dormant amp?
15:43 A super microphonic Deluxe Reverb
17:33 Screen resistors on power tubes: 1-watt resistors vs 3-watt resistors
22:10 Center taps on power transformers: Grounded, tapped-off, or artificial?
26:29 Replacing the rotary off-on switches on Gibsons; Carling rotary switches (link)
29:45 What inspires Skip
35:23 Skip and the Reserve Champion goat
47:09 How important is the orientation of film capacitors?
53:20 A 1974 Fender Pro Reverb with a hissing problem that goes away with the vibrato; rosemary seasoned foil-wrapped corn on the cob
59:08 Voltage on the chassis of a two-pronged Harmony H-195
1:03:50 Replica cabinets from Lightning Music in Marengo, Ohio; Electro-Harmonix Hum-Debugger pedals, Bruce Forman, James "Blood" Ulmer, the Westerlies
1:07:48 The Fretboard Summit at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, August 25-27, 2022 (www.fretboardsummit.org)
1:09:18 Ananyo Bhattacharya's 'The Man From the Future: The Visionary Life of John Von Neuman' (Amazon link), vacuum tubes for computer memory, Nixie tubes, Fender Dimension IV Sound Exploder / Tel-Ray goo
1:12:26 The tone of Orange Drop capacitors: polyester versus polypropylene; spaghetti bolognese with a slug of El Pato
1:19:25 A Carl's Custom Amps Octal Princeton that can use either a 6L6, EL34, KT77, or 6CA7... and the difference in wattage
1:23:24 Musical instrument insurance; Heritage Insurance (link)
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