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The Repair Bench: Kasino Natural Bass Amp

The Repair Bench: Kasino Natural Bass Amp

| August 21, 2011 | 1 Comment

In this episode of The Repair Bench we are troubleshooting a Kasino Natural bass amp from the early 1970s. The Kasino brand was made by Kustom Electronics, maker of Kustom Amplifiers. If you’re not familiar with them, the Kustom amps brand was famous for covering their amplifiers in “tuck and roll” style upholstery (Photo 1), […]

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New Kit: The Trill Tremolo Pedal from MOD Kits DIY

New Kit: The Trill Tremolo Pedal from MOD Kits DIY

| August 5, 2011 | 3 Comments

The Trill Tremolo pedal. We don’t know anything about it other than the following from their press release: “The Trill tremolo pedal offers classic tremolo tones in an easy to build kit. The Trill’s speed knob provides a wide range from a very slow to rapid fire effect. The depth knob varies the ratio between […]

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Kit Review: Carvin Guitar Kit GK1T Stratocaster-Style

Kit Review: Carvin Guitar Kit GK1T Stratocaster-Style

| August 4, 2011 | 1 Comment

In this article I’ll be reviewing the Carvin guitar kit GK1T. Many players reach a point at which they want to have a deeper relationship with their instrument – some way to understand the guitar better and to make it fulfill their needs as a player. One of the ways in which a player can […]

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Book Review: Ampeg – The Story Behind the Sound

Book Review: Ampeg – The Story Behind the Sound

| July 31, 2011 | 1 Comment

“Ampeg – The Story Behind the Sound” was written by Gregg Hopkins & Bill Moore to provide the complete illustrated history of the company to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The book is 288 pages, with 32 in full color, and over 200 photos, and was voted the “Book of the Year” in 1999 by Vintage […]

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Custom-Built 4×10 Guitar Speaker Cabinet

Custom-Built 4×10 Guitar Speaker Cabinet

| July 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Part-time custom builder Tommy Wright (tommyw68) posted this very nice video of how he built a 4×10 guitar speaker cabinet for use with a Gallien-Krueger GK250ML amplifier. He used Celestion speakers and blue python tolex. The cabinet measures 29″ x 29″ x 12″ and uses 3/4″ birch plywood.

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Homemade Guitar Case for Cigar Box Guitar

Homemade Guitar Case for Cigar Box Guitar

| July 30, 2011 | 2 Comments

Here’s a nice video of a guitar case build using 10mm (about 3/8″) pine wood for the sides and 6mm (about 1/4″) plywood for the top and bottom. The frame is glued and nailed together, then covered with black textured vinyl and roadcase corners. 25mm (1″) hard foam was used to create a support cavity […]

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Custom Telecaster Project Video

Custom Telecaster Project Video

| July 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

YouTuber “HearGear” built this custom Telecaster. He had the body and neck made custom at a guitar factory, and ordered the rest of the needed parts.

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Kit Review: MOD 102 DIY Guitar Amplifier Kit

Kit Review: MOD 102 DIY Guitar Amplifier Kit

| July 24, 2011 | 2 Comments

The MOD 102 guitar amplifier is a low-cost ($215) vacuum-tube kit sold by Amplified Parts of Tempe, AZ. The kit uses a 12AX7 preamplifier tube, and a single EL84 output tube with solid state diodes for power rectification. The amplifier is rated to deliver 5 watts into an 8-ohm load. SCHEMATIC REVIEW Referring to the […]

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Saga HT-10 Electric Guitar Kit

Saga HT-10 Electric Guitar Kit

| May 28, 2011 | 1 Comment

Saga Musical Instruments has steadily grown to be one of the largest importers and distributors of stringed and fretted musical instruments kits in the world. Their model HT-10 is a PRS-style, double-cutaway, solid-body archtop kit that includes all parts and instructions to build a complete, playable guitar. The body is made of basswood with a […]

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Minitour Travel Guitar Plans from John Anthony Guitars

Minitour Travel Guitar Plans from John Anthony Guitars

| May 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

John Anthony is a UK-based guitar builder who sells plans to build your own custom guitar, mandolin, bass or violin. His available plans for guitars include Stratocaster, Telecaster, Les Paul, SG, Precision Bass and his custom designs, including the neat Minitour travel guitar shown in the video below. The unusual feature of the Minitour besides […]

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