How To Build A DIY Guitar Amp And Get Amazing Tone

 Building a DIY guitar amp from scratch could be a remote idea for many people. But the accessibility and assistance that an amp kit provides change everything. The idea of trying out the project becomes far more appealing.  To make the process even easier, here’s a detailed guide that’ll walk you through the entire DIY … Read more

Tone Is In The Details: The Best 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

How To Identify Different Types of Vacuum Tubes – An Infographic Reference Guide

Pairing a great tube with a great amplifier is the key recipe in anyone’s audio tone. Do different tubes really make much of a difference in your sound?  How can you identify what tubes go with which amp, with all the different types of vacuum tubes out there?  What’s the difference between an EL34 and … Read more

How To Fix A Crackling Tube Amp

If your tube amp has suddenly began to crackle, you’re likely to find yourself getting frustrated very quickly. Many different things can cause this annoying issue, and isolating the problem can prove difficult. Luckily, this guide will help take you through the possibilities step-by-step so you can figure out what’s causing the crackling (and how … Read more