Spare Parts That Save More Than Money

Spare Parts That Save More Than Money

| November 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

If you are getting into building your own effects pedals, amplifiers or other gear you have undoubtedly wondered how to obtain spare parts and save money at the same time. Here is a way to get some spare parts, often for free, that is beneficial in a number of ways. Most people have one or […]

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How to Solder – Part One

How to Solder – Part One

| November 8, 2010 | 1 Comment

Among the most common questions and concerns we hear from new kit builders are about how to solder. That’s not surprising since the most fundamental skill needed to assemble any electronic project is that of soldering. The soldering of electrical components is not hard, but it does require an understanding of the equipment and techniques, […]

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Gear Review: Behringer CT100 Cable Tester

Gear Review: Behringer CT100 Cable Tester

| November 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

When we’re not writing for GuitarKitBuilder our time is spent running several rock music schools for kids. During a typical day of lessons and rehearsals the guitar and bass students are constantly plugging and unplugging our guitar cables from amplifiers and their instruments. As a result these cables take quite a beating and we need […]

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Featured Video: Guitar Wood Differences and Tone Factors

Featured Video: Guitar Wood Differences and Tone Factors

| October 31, 2010 | 0 Comments

Video discussion on the differences in tone created by various woods used in guitar making.

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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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The Repair Bench: Marshall Valvestate 8200 Amplifier Head

The Repair Bench: Marshall Valvestate 8200 Amplifier Head

| May 30, 2010 | 11 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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