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Tips to Extend the Life of Vacuum Tube Guitar Amplifiers

Tips to Extend the Life of Vacuum Tube Guitar Amplifiers

| February 16, 2011 | 1 Comment

Here are some time-tested tips on how to avoid causing damage to, and for extending the life of, your vacuum tube guitar amplifier: SAFETY 1. There are dangerous high-voltages inside the amplifier that can cause shock, injury or death. Due to capacitors which store an electrical charge, these voltages can be present even when the […]

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Boss SD-1 Super Over Drive Pedal Modification

Boss SD-1 Super Over Drive Pedal Modification

| February 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

The BOSS Super Over Drive SD-1 pedal was designed, according to BOSS, to “exactly replicate the sound of an overdriven tube amplifier when used in any amplification setup.” The design was intended as an advancement from prior overdrive devices to be highly touch-sensitive and to respond to delicate playing techniques. The overdrive can be varied […]

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Mockingbird Guitar Kit from Morris Guitar Kits

Mockingbird Guitar Kit from Morris Guitar Kits

| February 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Here’s an overview video of the Mockingbird Guitar Kit offered by Morris Guitar Kits of Australia.

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How to Replace Tuning Machines on Les Paul Guitar

How to Replace Tuning Machines on Les Paul Guitar

| February 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

This short video gives a good overview of the steps needed to replace the tuning machines on an electric guitar. The example guitar is an Epiphone Les Paul, however the approach shown should apply well to most similar instruments. The steps covered include removing the old tuners, drilling holes for the tuning machine shaft and […]

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Guitar PCB.com

Guitar PCB.com

| January 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Design and Construction of Tube Guitar Amplifiers

Design and Construction of Tube Guitar Amplifiers

| January 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Build a Do It Yourself Guitar Pick Holder with SUGRU

Build a Do It Yourself Guitar Pick Holder with SUGRU

| January 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Sugru is a great new product for do-it-yourself applications, or what the sugru folks call “hacks.” Sugru comes in a small packet and feels initially like modeling clay, but once it’s exposed to air, it cures to a tough flexible silicone overnight using the moisture in the air. You can work it for about 30 […]

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Install a Variable Voltage Regulator in Guitar Amplifier

Install a Variable Voltage Regulator in Guitar Amplifier

| January 11, 2011 | 1 Comment

As guitar players we always want to operate our amplifier at its “sweet spot,” that combination of volume, drive and other controls where it has the sound that we crave. Unfortunately that “spot” is often louder than local conditions, such as your home or apartment, will permit. This leads us in search of a solution […]

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Positioning the Bridge on a New Bass Guitar

Positioning the Bridge on a New Bass Guitar

| January 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

This video isn’t quite as authoritative as we usually like to feature in Guitar Kit Builder for hardware installation work, but we like the examples given, and we think this will be useful for anyone looking to place the bridge on a guitar or bass kit.

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Pedal Builder’s Vector Art Pack

Pedal Builder’s Vector Art Pack

| January 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Here’s a handy and free resource for the pedal builder – The Effects Pedal Builder’s Vector Art Pack. GuitarPCB.com forum member “powerpopguy” has created vector illustrations drawn to exact size, sometimes from several angles, as vector art. He’s illustrated all of the most common pedal parts – knobs, enclosures, switches, potentiometers, LEDs, etc. These illustrations […]

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