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  • Oh my Now I know why my a## hurts
    Best regards,
    Rich
    www.guytronix.com

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    • Originally posted by Richard Guy
      Oh my Now I know why my a## hurts
      Mine's chapped because PHIL NEEDS TO FINISH OFF THIS BUILD!!!

      I will continue to post off-topic nonsense in here until he does.

      *digs in heels*

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      • Originally posted by Danocoustic
        Mine's chapped because PHIL NEEDS TO FINISH OFF THIS BUILD!!!

        I will continue to post off-topic nonsense in here until he does.

        *digs in heels*

        Well, THAT threat didn't work

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        • *stops bye to dust thread off*


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          • Originally posted by Danocoustic
            Mine's chapped because PHIL NEEDS TO FINISH OFF THIS BUILD!!!

            I will continue to post off-topic nonsense in here until he does.

            *digs in heels*


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            Phil has finished building both amps
            Best regards,
            Rich
            www.guytronix.com

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            • I'll be interested in seeing how loud the Ardmore actually is when it's measured. It surprised me for only being 8 watts.

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              • It sounds way louder than 8 Watts since the design accents a very musical asymmetric output. No clones here! Congrats on your excellent building skills Bucky! Enjoy the amp!
                Best regards,
                Rich
                www.guytronix.com

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                • Originally posted by Richard Guy
                  Originally posted by Danocoustic
                  Mine's chapped because PHIL NEEDS TO FINISH OFF THIS BUILD!!!

                  I will continue to post off-topic nonsense in here until he does.

                  *digs in heels*


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                  Phil has finished building both amps
                  Couldn't prove it by me

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                  • I think that Phil is waiting for folks to visit his studio to audition the Gilmore Jr and Ardmore amps before the review continues. The Konowa low-watt tube power amp will soon be released. I'll have to send that along too. Pretty soon, Phil will have all of my demo equipment
                    Best regards,
                    Rich
                    www.guytronix.com

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                    • Yup, we need some volunteers. Dano, start hitchhiking... or I'm gonna have to start grabbing (non-forum member) guitarists at random...
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                      "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
                      - George Carlin

                      "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
                      - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                      "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
                      - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                      • Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe
                        Yup, we need some volunteers. Dano, start hitchhiking... or I'm gonna have to start grabbing (non-forum member) guitarists at random...
                        You ain't gettin' me back to Californee

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                        • Can we get some good crunch outta these babies Richard?
                          61 reissue SG
                          H&K Attax40
                          and a Banjo

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                          • Hello Toe Cutter,

                            Thanks for your inquiry. Yes, the Gilmore Jr is crunchy. The Ardmore is crunchy too, but in a refind way......Phil, please post your assesment regarding the crunch of the two Kits
                            Best regards,
                            Rich
                            www.guytronix.com

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                            • I'll try to do so in detail tonight... on the wife's computer at the moment... we're remodelling the house and my internet machine is "down" at the moment. I had to cobble something together just to post this.

                              Hopefully I'll be back tonight, or tomorrow at the latest.
                              **********

                              "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
                              - George Carlin

                              "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
                              - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                              "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
                              - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                              • Okay, let's try this again (had it all posted and then the PS on my internet computer died )...

                                Even though I have a couple more things to add to wrap up the construction, let's address some of the tonal questions for a minute...

                                The Gilmore Jr tends to crunch earlier and harder than the Ardmore, especially in its stock 1/2 watt configuration, and / or with the M Mod installed. When you add the 2 watt conversion kit (basically a tube socket adapter and a replacement tube - it takes all of 10 seconds to swap between the two if the amp is cold), then you gain a bit more clean headroom, and it doesn't break up as soon, but the basic tone stays similar to my ears. It's more of a Fender-esque vibe, or older (non-master) Marshall vibe - especially with the M Mod option installed.

                                Personally, I prefer the sound of the Gilmore Jr best with the V mod with the 2 watt mod installed. The V Mod adds more range and control effectiveness to the tone control, which in its stock form works fine, but has somewhat limited range. The V mod increases the effective range of the tone control and adds a bit more "chime" to the sound. It doesn't take you all the way into Voxville, but it hints at it a bit more.

                                The Ardmore will also crunch on its own and unassisted, but because it is an 8 watt, dual EL84 amp vs the stock Gilmore Jr's single 6n1p power tube and 1/2 watt rating, it has more clean headroom, and breaks up at higher volume levels. Bedroom jammers with noise sensitive neighbors and family members may be better served with the Gilmore Jr if maximum crunch at lower levels is important to them. However, the Ardmore is also an excellent sounding little amp in its own right, and making the decision on which one to hang on to is going to be pretty darned hard. The Gilmore Jr offers a bit more flexibility and options, so you can customize it a bit more to your preferences. But the Ardmore's chime and EL84 spank can not be denied. It's not a Vox, but if your tastes lean in that direction, then it's definitely the amp kit to get. Additionally, the stock tone circuit in the Ardmore has a bit more effective range than the stock Gilmore Jr's tone stack.

                                One thing that kind of surprised me was how well both of these amps take to pedals - they're both very "pedal friendly". For a cool aural treat, try running an HBE Germania or other treble booster type pedal into either one. You want "roar"? That will give it to you. Even slamming the front end with a Tube Screamer or other overdrive pedal works great. And sticking a cocked and locked wah in front of the Ardmore, along with the Germania got me the closest I've ever gotten to one of my all time favorite / "holy grail" tones - Paperback Writer.

                                Again, both amps will distort at the higher ranges of the volume controls without resorting to any pedals, but the Gilmore Jr does so more readily and with a bit more grit, grind and punch. The Ardmore is better suited to those who prefer an amp with a bit more "Brit flavor" and who want / need more clean headroom.

                                Of course, the guitar you use is an important part of the tonal equation, so I've played both amps with pretty much everything at my disposal, as well as a few client's guitars. So far, nothing I've plugged into either one has in any way shape or form "sucked", although if you want grit and distortion, humbuckers will give you more than single coils will. But my favorite with both amps is my Casino - it just sounds wonderful running P90's into either amp.

                                FWIW, I've had several clients play through these amps, and without exception, everyone was impressed with their sonics. The clips on the Guytonix website are good representations of their tone, but they really do sound even better in the room with you than they do on the clips.

                                Stay tuned for more...
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                                "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
                                - George Carlin

                                "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
                                - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                                "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
                                - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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