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Product ID: B-932
The Ultimate Tone Volume IV
By Kevin OConnor
Volume 4 is now here and was it worth the wait! Outlines, in schematic form, many approaches that achieve the goal of power scaling, super scaling and power management. A complete history and discourse on the technology outlines how to implement multiple power scale controls, alternative circuit for...
List Price: $176.32
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Product ID: B-695
The Ultimate Tone Volume I
Modifying and Custom Building Tube Guitar Amps
By Kevin OConnor
This is the book that jump-started the boutique tube guitar amp business. Learn the truth about tube preamp design and modification; see how tube power amps work and can be made more reliable; see how reverbs and effects loops work and better ways to configure them; learn why some amp brands are eas...
List Price: $114.16
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Product ID: B-891
The Ultimate Tone Volume III
Generations of Tone
By Kevin OConnor
Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to build a Bassman, Champ, Plexi, an 800, AC-30, Bulldog or Portaflex? Or you wanted to build an SVT with off-the-shelf parts? How about a master-volume amp that doesn?t change tone with the master setting? Everything you need to know is right here, in...
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Product ID: B-946
The Ultimate Tone Volume VI
Timeless Tone
By Kevin O?Connor
The evolution of guitar amp circuits becomes a revolution! TUT6 takes you through advanced DC Power Scaling methods; reveals the secrets of Dumble amps; explores the truth about high-gain preamps; demonstrates how to build Z-B-X push-pull power amps with a single power tube; simplifies the design of...
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Product ID: B-913
The Ultimate Tone Volume V
Generations of Tone
By Kevin O?Connor
Every part of your system contributes to your Ultimate Tone, so every part is important. TUT5 delineates, in clear language, the function of each electronic component in a circuit, and how alterations to the value of each part affect the final sound. Gain stage voicing, interstage attenuator optimiz...
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Product ID: B-CD057
Understanding Vacuum Tube Guitar Amplifiers DVD
By Gerald Weber
Kendrick Amplifiers President, Gerald Weber, has overhauled and serviced over 15,000 vacuum tube guitar amplifiers, designed dozens of new model amplifiers and has produced thousands of boutique tube guitar amplifiers. This DVD will transform your experience of tube guitar amplifiers forever. Whethe...
List Price: $88.20
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Product ID: B-947
Vacuum Tube Circuit Design: Guitar Amplifier Power Amps
By Richard Kuehnel
A comprehensive manual for designing power amps and phase inverters from scratch, this book provides the engineering details that professional amp builders need to create new circuits. To determine how component values effect the dynamics of an overdriven power stage, the author includes full blown ...
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Product ID: B-CD056
Video DVD Ultimate Bench Warrior Volume 1
In this DVD, Lee Jackson show you how to maintain your tube amp and keep it running correctly.
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Product ID: B-772
The Ultimate Tone Volume II
Modifying and Custom Building Tube Guitar Amps
By Kevin O?Connor
All the worlds a stage, so why not have great sound every time you play? TUT2 reveals how to design tube, solid-state and hybrid power amplifiers for guitar and bass. Everything you need to know about bias methods, myths and circuits is here. Toneful power supply mods, high-gain preamps, EQs, electr...
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Product ID: B-959
The Story of Paul Bigsby
By Andy Babiuk
Most musicians are familiar with the famous Bigsby Vibrato, but not as many know about the wonderful guitars that Paul Bigsby built in the 1940s. Bigsby, who was responsible for developing and refining the pedal steel guitar, also built the first modern solid body electric guitar for Merle Travis in...
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Product ID: B-956
Vacuum Tube Circuit Design: Guitar Amplifier Preamps
By Richard Kuehnel
Written for experienced builders who want to design their own circuits from the ground up, this book presents a comprehensive study of triode and pentode preamp design. From the impedance characteristics of the guitar pickup, to the Miller capacitance at the second-stage tube grid, the author descri...
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Product ID: B-957
The Fender Bassman 5F6-A
Circuit Analysis of a Legendary Tube Amplifier
By Richard Kuehnel
Guitar amplifier designers have tweaked, enhanced, or occasionally just copied the Bassmans push-pull class AB design for decades. This advanced book conducts an in-depth analysis of the 1959 model 5F6A, considered by many to be the Bassman at its very best. Step-by-step the author presents all the ...
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Product ID: B-938
The Soul of Tone Celebrating 60 Years of Fender
By Tom Wheeler forward by Keith Richards
The Soul of Tone is a comprehensive history of the Fender amplifier, detailing the people, musicians and technical innovations that have made Fender amplifiers famous. Contains interviews with musicians such as Les Paul and Dick Dale as well as with people who helped engineer many of the designs. Ha...
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Product ID: B-726
Principles of Power
A Practical Guide to Tube Power Amplifier Design
By Kevin OConnor
Offers a simplified method for designing tube power amps for audio. Tube operation is explained, as are circuit principles. Class-A or B, cathode, fixed bias, and push-pull and single-ended designs are covered, as are many front-end circuits. Includes designs using off-the-shelf transformers and cur...
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Product ID: B-945
Electric Guitars
By Robert Goudy
With over 450 color photographs, this book presents a brilliant review of electric guitars from their early years in the mid-20th century to the present day. A broad range of instruments are illustrated, produced by companies both large and small, including Fender, Gibson, Guild, Ampeg, and Ibanez. ...
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Product ID: B-693
Principles of Electron Tubes
By Herbert J. Reich
First appeared in 1941 as a textbook for beginners studying tube technology. Includes physical concepts, thermionic emission, grid controlled high vacuum tubes, circuit analysis, amplifier design and much more. A must for any library. 398 pages, 1.5 lbs, 6 x 9
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Product ID: B-733
Inside Tube Amps
By Dan Torres
This book is written for musicians, not technicians. This book will help you get your personal sonic signature, and give you the knowledge to change it when your tastes change. Some approaches are new and experimental, some are very old. Looks at standard practices as well as tricks and techniques o...
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Product ID: B-929
The Art of Linear Electronics
By John Linsley Hood
For those wanting to learn about amplifier design, this is the book to start with. Starting with explanations of just what are the components that make up an amplifier (capacitors, resistors, inductors, tubes and transistors), this book continues on to show how they come together in useful circuits....
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Product ID: B-950
Designing Tube Preamps for Guitar and Bass
by Merlin Blencowe
Designing Tube Preamps for Guitar and Bass is the worlds first comprehensive guide to the design of tube-based preamplifiers, specifically for musical instrument use, in a single volume. From the input to the phase inverter, this book discusses the inner workings of every part of a conventional gui...
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Product ID: B-749
Tonnes of Tone
By Kevin O?Connor
A collection of projects for electric guitar and bass players. Save money by building your own acoustic preamp; build a two-channel tube preamp for guitar, and more. Construct a 15W tube power amp or a true class-A solid state amp. The experimenter?s power supply is excellent for tinkering with tube...
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Product ID: B-942
The Early Years of the Les Paul Legacy 1915-1963
By Robb Lawrence Foreword by Les Paul
Journey through the career of musical giant, milestone guitarist and recording innovator Les Paul and marvel at the world of cutting-edge guitar design! This lavishly illustrated book emerged out of author Robb Lawrences years of research, interviews, and extensive research vintage articles. Its al...
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Product ID: B-CD058
TUBE AMPS 101 or Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started DVD
Over 1 1/2 hours of video that is like standing over the shoulder of an amp tech for a day, minus the technical jargon. Learn all kinds of tips and tricks, while you watch from your easy chair. This video focuses on an amp that is presented as a 1964 Fender Deluxe Reverb and shows you how to determi...
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Product ID: B-CD059
MORE TUBE AMPS 101 Repairs & Maintenance DVD
Heres what youve been waiting for! Over two hours of REAL repairs and troubleshooting, inside of REAL vintage tube amps! You also get a FREE secret link to downloadable (and printable) reference files. Topics include: Draining filter caps (Epiphone Embassy), installing a 3 prong power cord, cleanin...
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Product ID: B-773
Tube Amp Talk for the Guitarist and Tech
By Gerald Weber
A compilation of articles written for Vintage Guitar magazine from 1993 to 1996. Includes sections with articles on servicing your guitar amp, modifications, and also includes a Trainwreck section full of articles written by Ken Fischer for Vintage Guitar. Forward is written by Billy F. Gibbons. 53...
List Price: $45.28
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Product ID: B-821
Ready Set Go! An Electronics Reference for the Everyman
By Kevin OConnor
A handy reference for the novice electronic tinkerer and experienced craftsman alike. Informative and easy to read, the book explains: how to read schematic symbols; explains standard notation, S.I. symbols and tolerances; reveals the resistor color code; lists standard resistor values for 1%, 5%, 1...
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Product ID: B-663
A Desktop Reference of Hip Vintage Guitar Amps
By Gerald Weber
The owner of Kendrick Amplifiers answers questions about vintage guitar amplifiers on topics such as biasing for output tubes and easy modifications. He includes an analysis of Fender classics such as the Tweed Champ, Tweed Deluxe, Deluxe Reverb, Super Reverb and others. Also included are schematics...
List Price: $43.60
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Product ID: B-702
Fender Amps The First 50 Years
By John Teagle and John Sprung
This is the definitive book on Fenders much revered amplifiers. Includes extensive information on the amplifiers that made Fender famous. Has a great section of color photographs of Fender amps and related products as well as a section of photos of parts such as tolex and grill cloth, with the corre...
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Product ID: B-944
Vintage Electric Guitars In Praise of Fretted Americana
By William G. Moseley Photography by Bill Ingalls Jr. Foreword by Jeff Carlisi
An extravaganza for electric guitar lovers! This book features hundreds of American-made guitars and basses from the 40s to the 80s, including many rare brands and models. Read about the ups and downs of major companies like Fender and Gibson, and trace their variations in guitar design over the yea...
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Product ID: B-661
The History of Marshall
By Michael Doyle
The definitive account of the guitar manufacturer known as the sound of rock. Includes complete listings of every product Marshall ever made, over 100 schematics, the history of the Celestion speaker and early catalog reprints. Hundreds of photographs, including 64 color plates. 254 pages, 2.1 lbs.
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Product ID: B-696
The High Performance Marshall Handbook

By John Boehnlein
Includes chapters on standard amplifiers from 1962 to 1990, retubing for maximum performance, how to overdrive master volume and much more. 55 pages, _ lb.
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Product ID: B-923
The Peavey Revolution
By Ken Achard
The Peavey Revolution tells the story of 40 years of persistence,passion and personal travail, often in Hartleys own colorful words. Mississippi native Hartley Peavey pursued a dream that started in his teen years and developed into a musical-instrument dynasty. 11 x 8.5, 160 pages
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Product ID: B-930
The Vox Story
By David Peterson and Dick Denney
This is a must have for all fans of Vox amps. This book covers the entire 30 year history of the company and includes the musicians, including The Shadows, The Beatles and Brian May who made the company famous. There are over 100 photos of vox amps, organs, effects and musicians rocking on Vox gear...
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Product ID: B-707
How to Service Your Own Tube Amp
By Tom Mitchell
A well organized and easy-to-understand approach to guitar amplifier repair covering basic electronics, reading schematics, understanding tubes and transformers, tube biasing and use of test equipment. Also provides 10 troubleshooting flowcharts, voltage charts for typical amplifiers, and many modif...
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Product ID: B-917
Ampeg InchThe Story Behind the Sound Inch
By Gregg Hopkins & Bill More
This is an excellent book detailing the history of Ampeg and related companies as well as providing interesting information on the people who made the company what it is. Include 200 photographs of Ampeg products as well as photos of musicians who used them. Highly recommended! 288 pages, 2.5 lbs, ...
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Product ID: B-788
The Hammond Organ Beauty in the B 2nd Edition
The Story of the B-3 and Other Hammond Organs
By Mark Vail
This book celebrates the history and influence of the Hammond B-3 and its right-hand man, Leslie Speaker. It explains the tone-wheel system that renders the famous Hammond sound, and reveals secrets behind the B-3s drawbars, presets, pedalboard, percussion, and other unique features. Also features 2...
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Product ID: B-924
Tube Guitar Amp Essentials
By Gerald Weber
Gerald Weber, of Kendrick amplification fame, is the author of A Desktop Reference of Hip Vintage Guitar Amps and Tube Amp Talk for the Guitarists and tech. This is his third book, and works well as a companion to his previous books or on its own. 528 pages, softbound
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Product ID: B-925
Electric Guitar Amplifier Handbook
By Jack Darr
New reprint of the 4th edition of this book, originally published in 1973. Discusses signal amplification theory, how each part functions in an amplifier and contains many schematics and amps popular at the time. Softbound, 382 pages (222 pages of schematics).
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Product ID: B-928
Electronic Projects for Musicians
By Craig Anderton
Many effects builders have cited Electronic Projects for Musicians as the book that got them started. This book lays out the basics of effects building, detailing the tools, parts and techniques needed. This book contains 27 different projects including fuzz pedals, ring modulator, phase shifter and...
List Price: $37.80
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Product ID: B-941
Guitar Player Repair Guide Third Edition
How to Set Up Maintain and Repair Electrics and Acoustics
By Dan Erlewine
This revised edition is a step-by-step manual to maintaining and repairing electric or acoustic guitars and basses. Players will master the basic maintenance and set up of a guitar. An advanced crafts-person will discover this to be a valuable reference source for complex procedures such as replacin...
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Product ID: B-943
Pickups
Windings and Magnets...and the Guitar Became Electric
By Mario Milan
This is a comprehensive guide to guitar pickups, detailing their history and development in guitars such as Rickenbacker, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, Danelectro, Epiphone as well as covering todays handcrafted replacement models with an overview of Japanese and European manufacturers. This book also in...
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Product ID: B-949
Ultimate Bench Warrior How to Design Build and Modify Customer Guitar and Bass Amplifiers
by Lee Jackson
Amp guru Lee Jackson covers: tools of the trade; the basics of soldering; different tube types, with specs and histories; electronic symbols; amplifier modifications from gain stages to adding reverbs; schematics of solidstate circuits and power supplies; more. Features 180+ photos and illustration...
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Product ID: B-951
Design and Construction of Tube Guitar Amplifiers
by Robert C. Megantz
A complete yet easy-to-understand explanation of how to design, modify, construct, and test tube amps. Profusely illustrated, the book uses graphic aides and basic algebra and scientific principles to teach you everything you need to know to fully understand tube guitar amp technology from both tech...
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Product ID: B-963
The Guitar Amplifier Players Guide Dave Zimmerman
By Dave Zimmerman The Guitar Amplifier Players Guide is the definitive musicians instruction and reference manual. Designer and boutique amp builder Dave Zimmerman takes you step-by-step through the journey of understanding great amp tone and how to achieve it by making simple tweaks to your curre...
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Product ID: B-662
Electron Tube Locator
A comprehensive listing of receiving, transmitting, and industrial tube types manufactured in the US and Europ with References to sources of complete data. Includes tube functions, filament/heater characteristics and basing diagrams. Lists approximately 12,000 different tube types. Contains over 300...
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Product ID: B-735
Vacuum Tube Guitar and Bass Amplifier Theory
By Tino Zottola
Describes the history and operation of vacuum tubes as well as how they are used in guitar/bass amplifier circuits. Amplifier electrical and physical layout is then examined. The factors affecting amplifier sound are also described. Included in the appendices is useful data such as: resistor and cap...
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Product ID: B-736
Vacuum Tube Guitar and Bass Amplifier Servicing
By Tino Zottola
Guitar amp repair is split into several categories: User serviceable problems (fixable without chassis removal), dead and strange sounding amps. Includes sections on amp disassembly, preventative maintenance, special effects repair, signal tracing, component testing and replacement, bias adjustment,...
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Product ID: B-737
Great Tube Amp and Guitar Mods
By Mike Thompson
Over 50 useful modifications for Fender and Marshall amps and the guitar. The author lets the reader in on some neat little tricks that can be done to their equipment. All modifications are simple and can be done with easy to find parts. Also includes speaker cabinet and equipment tips for the music...
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Product ID: B-761
Beginners Guide to Tube Audio Design
By Bruce Rozenblit
Are you interested in tube audio but don?t know where to start, or are you already using tubes but don?t know what?s going on in the circuit? Rozenblit describes with simple clear explanations what a tube is, how it works, how to read characteristic curves and understand specifications. He then disc...
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Product ID: B-933
Building Vacuum Tube Guitar and Bass Amplifiers
Volume III
By Tino Zottola
The follow up to Volume 1 and 2 in the series, covering advanced amplifier construction projects for the experienced builder. Includes detailed plans for replicas of the following five classic tube amplifiers: VOX AC15 (minus Vibrato) 15 watt amp with push-pull EL84s; Marshall #1958 18 watt amp with...
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Product ID: B-911
Building Vacuum Tube Guitar and Bass Amplifiers
Volume I
By Tino Zottola
Building your own vacuum tube guitar or bass amplifier from scratch is truly an exciting experience. This book describes the detailed construction of five vacuum tube amplifiers. The construction of these amplifiers is described in full detail with chassis drilling templates, component installation,...
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