Know Thy Tube Amp!

By Rod C. Venger

Whenever I acquire a new tube amp, I always pull the chassis and photograph the entire circuit chain, inn an overall sense but also in closeups of various sections. I use a high quality digital camera with a tripod and good lighting. I do a quick, overall study of the amp [...]

Custom Build Your Cabinets

By Six

Custom build cabinets with 6 and 8 inch speakers. Using these cabs, I didn’t have to worry about a hi pass filter or guitars crossing over into the bass side of the mix. I built 4 of them. An open back 15w 1×6, a closed back 2×6, a closed back 4×6 and a [...]

Turn Your Amp Around

By Phil Ockelford

Turn your amp the wrong way around; better still, point it at a wall/reflective surface. Why? Firstly, no-one is now in it’s direct line of fire, so they won’t get their face peeled off as you thunder away. This has the added bonus that you can now turn it up louder than you [...]

A Cure for Boomy Amps

By Andrew

Is your amp booming in the low end while on stage? Find a way to tilt it back. A normally supported bass can couple with the floor, making the whole stage a giant subwoofer!

Dial in Tones Using a Looper

By Eric Eldridge

When you are trying to set your all of your knobs for your pedals or amp, a looper pedal can make your life much easier. Put your looper pedal first in your pedal board, then record a dynamic loop with a soft chord, a louder chord, and single notes with varying volume. [...]

Natural Tone

By parrydactyl

You want the sound of the wood of your instrument, not the electronics in it, that is icing on the cake. Set your amp to 12 o’clock on everything and go from there with the volume way low. Get it to sound like wood, then bump the volume a couple notches and do it [...]

How Dewd Does It

By Dewd

SD pickups of course! I also wire all of my guitars for master tone and volume, use OIP or orange drop caps, solid core wiring when required, 60/40 lead solder, CTSD pots. I sometimes fiddle with cap values or pots i.e. 250 volume 500k tone for p90′s. That and my Fargen Miniplex II [...]

Volume Pedal in the Amp’s Effect Loop


Volume pedal in the loop (after effects): allows you to crank the amp’s preamp for gain and tone while maintaining a lower volume at home. On the gig, allows you to clean up gain by turning down guitar vol. knob while raising amp vol. with the pedal.

Add an EQ to Your Effect Loop

By Nick F

Add an EQ to your effect loop, what a difference that will make with your amp. It like lifting an blanket off your speakers. In the effects loop the EQ will dramatically change the base tone of your amp and as an added bonus most EQ’s have a level adjust, which can [...]

Low-Wattage Amp + Vintage 30s

By Dave Flick

Low Watt tube amp and a cab with Vintage 30 speakers.