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Entries from November 30th, 2008

Songbird : First things Second

November 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Amp mods, Songbird

I guess before I dived into the requirements, I should have talked a bit more about the amps upon which I am basing the Songbird. Unsurprisingly, I am starting with a Gibson Skylark.   To be specific, I am starting with the pre-crestline GA-5.   This is a lovely little class A, single ended amp, […]

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Songbird : Getting Started (Requirements)

November 27th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Amp mods, Songbird

The Songbird is the next project for me, after / along with the Real McTube. The major goal of this project is to get me a Champ/GA-5 (Pre-Crestline) style amp for far less than the 500 or so for an original. I don’t like any of the re-issues, both the Gibson and Fender re-issues sound […]

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Real McTube II : Time to start building

November 27th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Gear, McTube

If you aren’t familiar with the real McTube, it’s a one tube foot pedal type pre-amp.  It was designed by a guy named Fred Nachbaur and is by all accounts a very cool device. It uses a 12AX7 as a two stage pre-amp in much the same way that many other guitar amps do. The […]

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