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  1. ... and they were built to be used - and reparable - not just to be sold.
  2. I break the fourth (D) string on many different guitars more than I break any others. Once, or maybe more than once, I used a string winder and wound a different string than I intended to. Before I was able to figure out why the string I was trying to tune was not going up in pitch, the answer suddenly became obvious
  3. With the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe I find the opposite to be true. The so-called 'Master' Volume control in the HRD is early in the pre-amp circuit. In order to get a decent signal to noise ratio, the Volume controls on the amp need to be turned up. This, of course, causes the amplifier to be too loud. Putting a gain control device (I like to use a compressor to tame the HRD) in the effects loop (Pre Amp Out / Power Amp In) allows the pre-amp to be turned up, resulting in a much better S/N. By attenuating the signal via the effects loop, the "hiss/noise" generated in the pre-amp gets turned down too.
  4. The Boss Katana, unlike the Roland Cube, is meant to amplify rather than emulate the sound of an acoustic guitar.
  5. Do you want 'authentic' P90 sound or are you okay without the noise? Chris Kinman makes a humbucker that retains the P90 sound. Chris believes that the intention behind the humbucking design was to create a noiseless P90 but, because of the interaction between the two coils, the clarity of the sound was compromised to some degree. He claims to have resolved that issue and that his P90 Bucker is what the Gibson Humbucking pickup was supposed to be. https://kinman.com/model-products.php?pid=2&products=Humbucker&modelid=39&m
  6. An easy way to remember which way to turn the screw is "always compensate for the fretted note." In other words, if the fretted note at the 12th fret is sharp compared to the harmonic, make the string longer - if the fretted note is flat then make the string shorter. I also suggest releasing the tension on the string before turning the screw. In the case of a three saddle telecaster bridge, release the tension on both of the strings that use that saddle - it takes a bit longer to do it that way but it avoids damage to the mechanism.
  7. It certainly was. Reading the circuit description about how the tone controls worked was what inspired me to go to electronics school.
  8. my dad had an old May Bell archtop acoustic that I started playing when I was a wee lad... he had records by Les Paul, Chet Atkins and a host of acoustic players that I tried to emulate we watched The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and I remember him making a comment about the Gretsch guitar - after that I wanted to play electric so i got one of these and my dad helped me build a Heathkit 25 Watt solid state amp...
  9. onelife

    Amp question

    just to add a bit to my above post... The DG series included the DG1000 which is just the preamp section with a balanced line out in a rack mount. The amplifiers also have a balanced line out with its own level control and a separate level control for the power amp. With the exception of the DG60 (economy version) the series has eight different amp types and 128 memory locations that can be called up via MIDI. I use the Yamaha MF-10 MIDI Foot Controller with mine and set it up to recall patches and to independently turn whatever effects are saved in the patch on or off.
  10. onelife

    Amp question

    Back in 1999 I discovered Line6 AmpFarm in a recording studio. Bythat time, I had been lugging 100lbs of Twin Reverb/EVM12L around for fifteen years. The Twin setting in AmpFarm was surprisingly realistic and the 'look alike' Fender knobs behaved in a way that was similar to the real thing. I began to think about going digital so, after reading about the Line6 Flextone, I decided to rent one and try it out. I was playing around with the different settings when my wife came in and, in no uncertain terms, said "that sounds like a synthesizer, you're not selling your Twin." A couple of weeks later I went to an afternoon jam at the local pub. There were three guitarists playing and one of them was the regional Yamaha rep who is an excellent guitarist. His sound was phenomenal and really stood out over the other players who were both using 4x12 tube amp combos. When they took a break, I asked what he was playing through and he immediately took me up on stage to show me the new Yamaha DG80-1x12 he was using. I was impressed. On my next trip to the music store I tried the DG100-2x12 (which weighed about as much as a Twin Reverb) but was a bit disappointed after hearing my friend play through his amp. I called him up and he told me that the Yamaha presets were designed to show off what the amp could do as a selling point and that he had come up with a set of presets for the working guitarist and that Yamaha had put them online for download. I rented a DG80-1x12, took it home and loaded his patches and began running through them. I understood what he meant with his 'working guitarist' comment but what sealed the deal was when my wife came in and said "now that sounds like you." To this day, the Yamaha DG80 is still the best amplifier I have ever had and for twenty years it has been 100% reliable and has required zero maintenance. To make a long story short, my advice would be to get together with someone who knows the amplifier you are interested in and knows how to get the sounds out of it. Spend some time with it yourself - do some recording with it so you cal listen to it objectively while you are not playing.
  11. I looked at the schematic. The negative grid bias to the power tubes is supplied from a separate tap of the power transformer. You can help isolate the problem by using the Pre Amp Out and Power Amp In jacks. Try plugging a guitar into the Power Amp In jack (you may need to boost the signal with an effects pedal that has some gain) and see if you get the same type of distortion. You can also take the Pre Amp Out and run it into another amp (be careful, the signal may be quite high) or take a look at it with your oscilloscope.
  12. I also suggest looking at (and listening to) the Boss Katana. I bought the inexpensive 50 Watt model for practice and portability but now I use it for almost everything. It has several amplifier 'types' including one for acoustic and the settings can be dialed in then stored in multiple memory locations for easy recall when you switch guitars.
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