All about Vacuum Tube Guitar Amplifiers

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 519 pages
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(Book). Explores all manufacturers and de-mystifys the inner workings of tube amps. All new material from the amp guru Gerald Weber. Tons of empirical data that de-mystify the inner workings of tube amps to help you get the most from your amps! You will learn how tube amps work, electronic concepts, how different types of tubes work, the anatomy of a gain stage, how to resurrect a dormant tube amp, how to do a cap job correctly, modifications to preserve your amp, how to voice an amp and tune the reverb, how to build an amp, recover a cabinet, re-grill a baffleboard, how to buy a vintage amp; and common wiring mistakes and idiosyncrasies found in vintage amps. And you get a couple of hundred pages of Questions and Answers sectioned off into Fender, Gibson, Marshall, Danelectro/Silvertone, Vox, Other American, Other British and Miscellaneous Topics. You will learn the six dreaded tone killers and how to avoid them, the top ten amp-tone tips, and how to fine-tune your entire amp setup. In short, you will have the knowledge needed to squeeze your amp's performance from lame to insane.
 

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Contents

Demystifying the Inner Workings of a Tube Guitar Amp
19
All About Vacuum Tubes and How They Work
29
Understanding Electronic Concepts
37
Vacuum Tubes 131
63
Anatomy of a Triode Preamp Gain Stage
71
Anatomy of a Pentode Preamp Gain Stage
79
Tube Guitar Amplifier Overdrive
87
All About Power Attenuators
95
Common Wiring Mistakes and Their Corrections
233
Wood Matters in Combo Amps
239
TROUBLESHOOTING
247
Tube Amp First Aid for the Working Guitarist
253
BUYING A VINTAGE
261
Evaluating a Vintage Tube Guitar Amp
267
Selecting the Right Tube Guitar Amplifiers
273
How to Buy a Vintage Tube Amp
279

Build a Power Attenuator for Your Low Wattage Tube Amp
101
Section V
113
How to ReGrill a Baffleboard
119
Recovering Your Vintage Amp
125
How to Resurrect a Dormant Tube Guitar Amp
131
Cap Jobs Done Right
141
Squeezing Amp Performance from Lame to Insane
155
Fine Tuning Reverb and VibratoTremolo
161
Tube Guitar Amp Idiosyncracies
167
Five Mods to Preserve Your Vintage Amp
175
How To Make Your Amp Loud
183
Improved Reverb Reliability for the Fender Vibro King
189
Ten Ways to Voice Your Tube Amp
195
Reverb and Vibrato on Both Channels of your Blackface
205
World Class Vintage Tube Amp Tone for under a Grand
211
Building a Tube Guitar Amplifier from Scratch
221
Assembling a Tube Amp in 20 Steps
227
A Dirty Dozen of the Coolest Gibson Amps
289
Top Ten Amp Tone Tips
297
Fine Tuning Your Amp Setup
303
Six Tone Killers You Should Avoid
311
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About
319
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Capacitors
325
All About Rectifier Tubes
331
Tests of Current EL34 TubesHow Do They Sound?
337
Gaining Tube Amp Knowledge
347
Tube Amp Pop Quiz
353
Fender
361
Gibson
413
Other American
419
Marshall
432
Other British
440
Index
507
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About the author (2009)

Weber is the president & founder of Kendrick Amplifiers

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