Tone Is In The Details: The Best 12AX7 Datasheet

12ax7 datasheet

Also known as ECC83, the 12AX7 preamp tube was originally engineered and manufactured by RCA electronics company. Nowadays, a variety of companies produce 12AX7 preamp tubes including JJ Electronics in Slovakia and Shuguang in China, commonly referred to as Groove tubes. If you own a tube amplifier or considering using one, then you probably already … Read more

How To Discharge A Capacitor

Inside a guitar amplifier are circuits, switching mechanisms, and connections that can hold potentially lethal voltage at several points in the critical path.  A very important thing to understand with guitar amplifiers is that these components can hold lethal voltage even when the amplifier is turned off. Capacitors store high voltages that can remain in … Read more

What Is A Tube Converter And Do I Need One?

tube converter

It’s a constant paradox with guitarists and their tube amps:  you have to get to a certain volume in order to introduce the optimal distortion level to really make your tone soar, but that volume can easily overwhelm your fellow musicians or a sound engineer, who really need you to lower your volume.  If only … Read more

Mojotone GA-5 Style Combo Amp Kit Review

Ever wanted to build your own guitar amplifier but didn’t know where to start? Yes, we understand the appeal and the excitement that surrounds handmade amps. However, beginning your journey down that path might be a bit challenging.   For this reason, we’ve decided to help you out by suggesting one of our favorite amp … Read more

StewMac Build Your Own ’59 Tweed 15W Amp Kit Review

If you’re searching for a vintage amp to add the richest and warmest tunes to your melodies, then consider the StewMac build your own ’59 Tweed 15W amp kit. Built to exactly match the original ‘59 model by Fender, this amp is considered a true marvel in the rock-n-roll world. And now you can put … Read more

Great 2.5-Watt Parts-Only Cigar Box Amplifier Review

Building your own guitar amplifier can be a fun and educational experience.  Yes, you probably already own an amplifier. However, using your bare hands to make one can be satisfactory to no end. Cigar box amplifiers have an appeal of their own. They can produce the most vibrant sounds that you can use to impress … Read more

MOD 102 DIY Guitar Amplifier Kit Review

Thе  іѕ a grеаt рlасе tо ѕtаrt fоr thоѕе іntеrеѕtеd іn buіldіng thеіr оwn tubе аmр. It іѕ bаѕеd оn a сlаѕѕіс Amеrісаn tubе сіrсuіt dеѕіgn соmbіnеd wіth a Brіtіѕh ѕtуlе Clаѕѕ A оutрut tubе ѕесtіоn. At lоw vоlumе іt рrоduсеѕ a сlеаn сhіmеу tоnе thаt mоvеѕ іntо ѕmооth оvеrdrіvе аt hіghеr vоlumеѕ. All раrtѕ … Read more