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The Truth About Vintage Amps, Ep. 75



Welcome to the 75th episode of the Truth About Vintage Amps Podcast, the bi-weekly show where amp tech Skip Simmons answers all of your pressing guitar amplifier questions. No topic is too basic… or seemingly too complex!


This week’s episode is sponsored by and .


Some of the topics discussed this week:


1:00: Weird California geopolitics


4:10 Recent Northern California barn finds: ES-335, a transitional Marshall, a 1955 Fender Tremolux with the original instruction page, an Epiphone Emperor Regent; Paul Chandler


14:36 A pre-war Vega amp gets fixed (almost); the humbucking coil on a field coil speaker


19:33 Reading from the 1955 Tremolux instruction page


22:45 Seeking information on Aztec Recording Studio


24:44 Venice, California’s Harry Perry


25:28 A Hammond amp and test equipment preservationist speaks out


31:32 Troubleshooting a noisy hybrid Standel amp


38:19 More typewriter talk, forger Mark Hofmann


42:51 What’s the deal with a 1966 Pro Reverb with a 1971 power transformer and various other oddities?


50:46 A Weller 8200 soldering gun that keeps shutting off, identifying good vintage 8200s


55:45 A 1977 Silverface Champ with a shocking three-prong plug


Co-hosted by the Fretboard Journal’s Jason Verlinde.


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Have an amp, life or kitchen question for Skip? Email or send a voice memo to: podcast@fretboardjournal.com or leave us a voicemail or text at 509-557-0848.


Want to see all the former topics discussed on the TAVA Podcast? for all the show notes on one page.




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