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3 Knob Reverb Trick for 60's thru 70's Two Channel Fender Amps
$20.00 delivered (continental USA)
Everything you need to get control of your reverbs Dwell, Warmth and Sparkle. From Fat and light to Full Blown Ventures Surf. A very cool, COMPLETELY REVERSABLE mod. No permanent changes made!
Heres a cool trick…
(at least I thought so!)
One of the Supers I did had some "hack job" of a speaker re-wire job. The stock harness was gone and I couldn't readily find a vintage replacement. Someone had soldered a bunch of black wire together into their version of the harness. It was pretty ugly with 5 wires soldered into a mass of sh…..well you know.
Part of the Blackfacing and just the right thing to do involved replacing the original 2 prong electrical cord with a grounded 3 prong version. The original speaker harness used black/white wire. Guess whats inside of the old electrical wire??
Cut open the insulation and strip the black/white wires out!
When you get it out of the insulation, cut to length, twist it up and "there ya go"! Looks pretty good huh?
See useful amp links below!
R.G. Keens Amp Debugging Page - Nice for Trouble shooting Amps!
Fender Amp Field Guide - Schematics and useful info and more links!
Mojotone - Check the Tech Tips section to learn about the inside of a typical Fender Amp.
Schematic Heaven - Just like its name implies!!
Antique Electronics - Theres alot of Parts sites, this one has a wide selection of everything you need!
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Now Ready! 70's Ice Cube Sustainer reissue - ICE BOX Sustainer
Recycled Sound is offering a re-issue of the famous Ice Cube Sustainer for Fender two channel Reverb amps also. Our ICE BOX Sustainer plugs into your Reverb In/Out jacks and turns your front panel Reverb Knob into a GAIN control. (yes it does make your reverb inoperable while plugged in BUT) it really cranks up your amp! Like adding a gain pedal to your amp! It's footswitchable and can be remote gain adjustable too! We bought a vintage Ice Cube on Ebay and it cost us $52 delivered.
Your cost $32.00 - delivered (continental USA)
TUBE AMPS 101
or Things I wish someone had told me when I started
Now including a BONUS CD with over 50 pages of reference material you can print!
NEW Video series for beginners (but not just beginners) - Fender Deluxe Reverb Edition
Do you own or want to own a vintage tube amplifier?
Do you want to know more about how it works and how to keep it working?
Are you interested in building your own tube amp?
Have you wondered what those funny looking parts inside your amp are and what they do?
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This video was inspired by a recent sale on eBAY in which the seller, a highly regarded California dealer, described a "museum quality" 1964 Fender Deluxe Reverb. It sold for nearly $3000.00. The problem for the buyer was - it wasn't what it was represented to be. This happens on eBay every day. But it doesn't have to happen to you!
The seller provided enough pictures to easily determine what was right and wrong with this amp - IF YOU KNOW HOW! This video will show you! You will learn to definitively date Fender amps and the parts inside. This alone could save you hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars on your next vintage amp purchase. What you learn can be applied to nearly ANY vintage amp, for dating and/or maintenance/repair purposes. A complete copy of the above auction is included in your BONUS CD. You will see and learn for yourself.
This video is filmed around what was represented as a 1964 Fender Deluxe Reverb. We show you EXACTLY how to determine it's REAL date of manufacture. While we go through our test amp we show all the things to look for in rehabing an old amplifier. Things like:
1. How to tell if the filter caps are bad.
2. How to perform a "cap job".
3. What to look for when inspecting the amp from outside.
4. What to look for when inspecting the circuit board.
5. How to properly convert a 2-prong power cord to 3-prong grounded.
6. Replacing screen grid resistors.
7. How to bias your amp using the Transformer Shunt Method.
8. How to clean and enhance the appearance of your amp.
9. How to read the manufacturer codes on speakers, transformers, capacitors, etc.
10. What all those parts on the circuit board actually do, and much more.
The third BONUS disc is a CD containing over 50 pages of printable information. Including:
1. Resistor color-code chart for posting in your shop.
2. Capacitor codes and how to convert microfarads to picofards, with Reference charts.
3. Speaker Date and Manufacturer Codes
4. How to build a Current Limiter
5. Photos inside a Twin Reverb, Deluxe Reverb and Marshall Super Lead with internal parts identified and described.
6. Tube Data Sheets on 6V6, 6L6 and 12AX7 tubes
7. Capacitors in depth
8. Random Notes
9. and over 25 of the VERY BEST LINKS on the web. If you printed the resource pages on these links, along with the documents we provide, you'd have your own complete book on tube amps with hundreds of pages of reference material. These are the most respected Websites available. All recently checked to insure they are available.
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Am I a highly trained electronics engineer? No! Am I another Steven Spielberg in filmmaking? No! But 20 years ago I started buying and selling vintage or used guitars and amplifiers. I learned how to set up my guitars so I wouldn't have to constantly take them in to the local tech for set-up. Then I became the only PLRA certified (Professional Loudspeaker Reconers Association) speaker reconer in my state, so I could repair my, and everyone else's, speakers. Finally I grew tired of packing up so many old non-working amplifiers that I had bought, just to send them off to the closest repair tech. So I started to learn all I could through books, the Internet and trial and error (lots of trial and error).
This video set represents some of the most basic, yet important and difficult to come by information needed on tube amps. It'll jump start your knowledge on dating amps and allow you to better understand the workings of tube amps and their circuits.
If you're interested in tube amps, these 3 disc's will answer alot of your questions and get you on your way. You can also email me for more information. We will honor our pre-release price for a limited time.
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If you want to learn about Tube Amps this is the way to do it!
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