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Kit-Building 101: The Triode Vacuum Tube

Kit-Building 101: The Triode Vacuum Tube

| October 28, 2010 | 5 Comments

Vacuum tube amplifiers are prized by many guitar players for their characteristic tone, and many players will only use a tube amp. Many tube enthusiasts have very little knowledge of how the vacuum tube operates or why it glows. That’s fine for most, but if you’re going to be building an amplifier kit, or modding […]

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MXR 45 Phaser Pedal Reproduction from General Guitar Gadgets

MXR 45 Phaser Pedal Reproduction from General Guitar Gadgets

| October 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

Founded in 1973, MXR Innovations entered the effects market as a pioneer with the development of tough and rugged stomp boxes, simple utilitarian designs, and small sizes. The first MXR effects pedal was the M-101 MXR Phase 90, widely used on the first two Van Halen albums. A milder version of the effect was also […]

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Res-O-Glas Electric Guitar Kits

Res-O-Glas Electric Guitar Kits

| September 7, 2010 | 6 Comments

Back in the 1960s, between ’62 and ’67, an outfit called the Valco Guitar Company manufactured fiberglass guitars under various names including their own product lines Supro, National, Atlas and Valco as well as several house brand names including Airline (Montgomery Ward) and English Electronic’s Tonemaster. These Res-O-Glass guitars have graced the hands of some […]

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Featured Video:  Saga LC-10 Guitar Kit Build

Featured Video: Saga LC-10 Guitar Kit Build

| July 31, 2010 | 0 Comments

Nice video walk-through of the building of a Saga LC-10 guitar kit.

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The Repair Bench: Marshall Valvestate 8200 Amplifier Head

The Repair Bench: Marshall Valvestate 8200 Amplifier Head

| May 30, 2010 | 13 Comments

INTRODUCING “THE REPAIR BENCH” Learning how to troubleshoot electronic circuits is one of the handiest skills anyone can have if they are building or modifying amplifiers or effect pedals. At some point you’ll power-up a circuit and find that it doesn’t work, and then what? For this reason we write “The Repair Bench” section of […]

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Advertise on GKB

Advertise on GKB

| February 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

Let us help you reach the guitar, amplifier and kit building community through the online pages of Guitar Kit Builder magazine. Several site-wide and sectional display advertising positions are available. Please contact us at advertise*at*guitarkitbuilder.com (replace *at* with @) and let us design a strategy to reach your market.

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Tweed Deluxe Kit from TubeDepot.com

Tweed Deluxe Kit from TubeDepot.com

| October 17, 2009 | 0 Comments

TubeDepot.com has introduced a new tube amplifier kit that reproduces the look and sound of the classic Fender Tweed Deluxe of the late 1950s. The tweed deluxe is prized by guitar players as the “go to” amplifier when seeking a great raw Fender tone with easy portability. It’s been used by countless musicians on stage […]

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Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal Kits and Mods

Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal Kits and Mods

| July 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

This is Guitar Kit Builder page to capture information about the Boss DS-1 Distortion Peal. The DS-1 provides a harder distortion effect for guitar and keyboard sounds. Instead of toneless, fuzzy distortion, the DS-1 faithfully reproduces all the subtle nuances of your playing dynamics, from whisper-quiet to screaming loud. The onboard TONE control allows you […]

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