The “standard” for building stompboxes.

Posted by on 17 Nov 2015 | Tagged as: Effects

This is the “standard” book regarding building stompboxes and projects. Everyone should have a copy of this book lying around.

Bare Bones Fuzz Face Tutorial from Small Bear

Posted by on 16 Oct 2015 | Tagged as: Effects

Check it out and order kits:

Bare Bones Fuzz Face

Modern Recording magazine archives!

Posted by on 17 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Misc Music Stuff

From Mark Hammer’s post in the forum!

One tube of amp showing basically zero current

Posted by on 11 Aug 2015 | Tagged as: Amp/Tubes

My Fender Bassman was showing zero current at idle on one of the two 6L6GC tubes. I knew it was isolated to the socket because swapping the tubes showed the same zero current on the same socket. To make a long story short, the screen resistor (470 ohm) was fried. This is a 1 watt 470 ohm resistor that goes across pins 4 and 6 on the output tubes. The real culprit was a bad tube that would draw too much current.
Replaced the screen resistor and tube and all is good.

The symptoms of the bad tube/burnt screen resistor was low output volume and extremely low/none current across the 1 ohm cathode resistor.

iMazing for OS X – iPad/iPhone

Posted by on 31 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: iOS

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you need to get iMazing. This app will do a ton of things, but the #1 thing it will do is copy files to your iPad faster than iTunes. I mean minutes instead of hours.
The next thing it will do is browse your iPad/iPhone backups directly on your computer. Need to grab one file in an iPad backup? Now you can instead of having to restore the entire iPad contents.
It’s worth the cost.

iMazing Website

The first book that made me understand simple circuits

Posted by on 30 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: Effects

I had all sorts of articles and books as well as electronics projects I had tried, but this simple Anderton book was the first one I really understood. For some reason I was able to understand what was in this book. I guess the delivery was really for a beginner.
I still think it’s a great book! Check it out!

DIY Projects for Guitarists!

Cool video of Fender Factory

Posted by on 28 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Early days Fender Factory video!

Tubes for dummies article

Posted by on 28 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: Amp/Tubes

Here’s an old article I wrote for beginners to understand tubes a little more – coming from a stompbox perspective:
Tubes for dummies

Vintage Fender amp schematics and layouts

Posted by on 28 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: Amp/Tubes

Looking to repair your old Fender amp?
This site has a ton of schematics and layouts and they are cleaned up.
Nice site!

Vintage Fender Amp Repair

Nice new auto-ranging meter for under $35!

Posted by on 23 Jul 2015 | Tagged as: Effects, Guitar Related

My old trusty Radio Shack multimeter broke recently. I’ve had it for about 15 years and it has been a workhorse! I loved using it to build my stompboxes and debug my amps. The resistance function broke recently and it was time to find another. I have a number of meters but I wanted another one that was like my old Radio Shack meter. It had True RMS and other functions and it was accurate.

Well, I searched on Ebay and locally and I found a newer model with auto-ranging and true RMS and even a computer interface. I just received the meter and it ROCKS! It seems much better made and almost everything from the display to the information shown to the probes and the extra fuses make this a great deal for under $35! I have a hard time imagining a better meter at this price. I think you will probably like it as well for building stompboxes!

You can find it on eBay with this link.


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