100 watts amplifiers – still up to date?

Full stackIn the beginning, tube amps had a maximum power of 30 watts.
Those days musicians mostly got no PA system and the sound of their guitars came from the amplifier directly. Continue reading “100 watts amplifiers – still up to date?”

Tremolo effects

Effect PedalTo modulate sound signals by rhythmical amplitude fluctuations was a technique that has already been used in the 1950s and became famous again through grunge music.
Besides the first DeArmond tremolo effect, about which I already wrote in this article, there are many other possibilities to produce a tremolo effect. Continue reading “Tremolo effects”

Fender Tweed Amp Sound Comparison – Princeton vs. Champ

This is a comparison of the sound of a Fender Tweed Champ with the sound of a Fender Tweed Princeton.

In the first part of the comparison I use a Fender Telecaster and in the second part a Gibson Les Paul.

The Amps I am using for this comparison are clones with the original circuit of the respective amp.

Bedroom Level Amp

amp vergleichThe sound of a tube amplifier pushed into saturation is unique. And although sometimes I play clean, my favorite amp-sound is never totally clean. I adjusted the amp in a way that it shows soft colorations and starts to compress when I dig in harder. This is the reason why so many prefer the supposed clean-sound of a tube amp instead of the sound of a transistor amplifier. Continue reading “Bedroom Level Amp”

Fender Jaguar Mod: serial /parallel connected pickup modification

The Johnny Marr signature Fender Jaguar offers the possibility of using both pickups serial connected. This creates a special kind of sound which cannot be produced with the standard versions of the Fender Jaguar. But these standard versions are easily modified without the need of the installation of a new switcher.
This is the Fender Jaguar modification: Continue reading “Fender Jaguar Mod: serial /parallel connected pickup modification”

Transparent Overdrives- The perfect Low Gain Sound

In many forums all over the world guitarist are searching for the “transparent overdrive”. But what is meant by this and does a transparent overdrive make sense?

Ibanez TS-9 TubescreamerTubescreamer

Tubscreamer and similar overdrives place great emphasis on the mids. This kind of overdrive is appropriate as an additional booster to an amplifier that is already overdriven. By creating haunting mids the sound of the guitar becomes more assertive and will be perceived much more in the context of the band as a whole. Continue reading “Transparent Overdrives- The perfect Low Gain Sound”

Vintage guitar-sound

FlatwoundsThere is a lot of speculation about the vintage guitar sound of a Gibson Les Paul. The modern models are not able to sound like an original 1950s Les Paul. Of course there are uncountable reports about the wood, the pickups and the stop-tail-pieces and this is why I do not want to concentrate on these topics in this text. Continue reading “Vintage guitar-sound”

Speaker – Easy modifications to change the sound

Celestion Lautsprecher
Many guitarists want to change the sound of their amplifiers in a certain way: more bass, more output or a more vintage-oriented sound. But most of the modifications are expensive and difficult to be done. In this case, to try out a new speaker could be a cheap and easy way to transform the sound of your amp. Continue reading “Speaker – Easy modifications to change the sound”

Fender Reverb Amp: Hum-elimination

My Silverface Fender Princeton Reverb was humming as soon as I turned on the Reverb. I could exclude numerous sources of error. Then I found out, that the mass-copperplate did not have sufficient contact to the chassis. By tightening the nut of the input I could eliminate this fault. This is the video:

Tips & Tricks: Booster as a tone enhancer

Tips & tricksNowadays many guitarists swear by true bypass. As I already told you in the article “Buffer vs True Bypass”, a good buffer or booster has many advantages (especially for large pedalboards). Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Booster as a tone enhancer”