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Kit Review: The Trill Tremolo Pedal

Kit Review: The Trill Tremolo Pedal

| September 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

I was in the market for a two knob Tremolo kit and was about to suggest to MOD kits that they offer one. It was only a few days later that Guitar Kit Builder was asked to try out the brand new Trill Tremolo, so this worked out perfectly for me. In my guitar playing […]

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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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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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Kit Review: The Persuader Tube Drive Pedal

Kit Review: The Persuader Tube Drive Pedal

| May 25, 2011 | 7 Comments

The Persuader is a tube-drive distortion pedal kit sold by Amplified Parts of Tempe, AZ. Amplified Parts is a relatively new entity that is part of Antique Electronic Supply, which has been operating for more than 25 years. The focus of Amplified Parts is on the musician who is not an electronic technician and who […]

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Basic Turret Board Construction

Basic Turret Board Construction

| March 23, 2011 | 3 Comments

This tutorial will show you how to create your own turret board, to be used in building a guitar amplifier. I’ll cover a procedure for cutting the G-10 circuit board material, drilling the holes and installing the turrets to build a complete custom electronic circuit board. Like most things, there are many different approaches to […]

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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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Martin Guitar Kit Project Build – Part One

Martin Guitar Kit Project Build – Part One

| November 27, 2010 | 7 Comments

Editor’s Note – This article is the first in a series on the building of a Martin guitar kit. You may find some useful background information on the kit in our earlier article Martin Guitar Kit First Look. Our author and builder is Bob Moore, aged 60, a regional IT manager for the State of […]

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How to Layout and Build a Guitar Amplifier Chassis

How to Layout and Build a Guitar Amplifier Chassis

| November 19, 2010 | 9 Comments

In this article we cover how to lay out and build the chassis for a vacuum tube guitar amplifier. While this article is intended primarily for the “homebrew” builder, it will also be useful background for the kit builder. With a few essential tools and proper procedures, you’ll find that building a vacuum tube guitar […]

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How to Apply Tolex to a Guitar Amplifier Cabinet

How to Apply Tolex to a Guitar Amplifier Cabinet

| November 15, 2010 | 13 Comments

In this article we’re going to cover how one experienced amp builder covers cabinets in Tolex or textured vinyl. This article is by Casey4s, who’s been active in Harmony Central’s Do-It-Yourself (DIY) forum. Guitar Kit Builder encouraged him to share his experiences and photographs of installing Tolex, and he graciously agreed. “Tolex,” by the way, […]

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Create Your Own Vintage Stratocaster Guitar Kit

Create Your Own Vintage Stratocaster Guitar Kit

| November 10, 2010 | 1 Comment

There are many electric guitar kits available but some kit builders will want to purchase their own components and just need a parts list to make sure they get everything needed. This article does just that – gives you the parts list needed to build a vintage-style Stratocaster guitar kit. We want to thank Dave […]

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