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The Truth About Vintage Amps with Skip Simmons

Apr 8, 2019

Twice a month, guitar amp guru Skip Simmons shares stories and answers your questions on tube amp buying, restoration and repair. Co-hosted by the Fretboard Journal’s Jason Verlinde.

Submit your guitar amp questions to Skip here: or by leaving us a voicemail or text at 509-557-0848. The more questions we get, the more episodes we record. 

Some of the topics discussed on this episode:

-Skip replies to a critic of his WD-40 hack
-Jason's Gibson EH-150 amp needs help 
-An answer to last week's Champ baffler
-Speaker re-coning recommendations 
-A buggy reissue Gibson GA-20 prototype
-Recommendations for a baritone guitar player 
-Protecting an amp from the elements in damp Southeast Texas
-Running a Traynor head on only one power tube
-Can you break an amp through loud playing/boost/effects? 
-Making a reissue Blackface Deluxe Reverb sound vintage
-How to buy pre-amp tubes online
-Alternative chasis materials
-Fitting bigger speakers in a Champ cab
-Capturing the sound of Billy Childish (again)
-A '60s Gibson Skylark with numerous issues

and much more…

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