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I ended up running to my electronics store (yay big city living), picking up a pack of 2.7k 1/2 watt resistors, and getting them into the amp.  It works like a champ now!  Thank you so much for the help and direction.
Thank you for the testing tip!

Also, I think this may be the culprit.  I tried the resistor against 2 different multimeters after removing it from the circuit.  Both registered 140k.  The resistor color (red, green, purple, brown, gold) aligns to the 2.7k that I'm expecting.  So I'll look to replace that. 

I generally use 1/4 watt resistors in all of my guitar pedal builds. I don't see anything on the schematic that denotes the wattage on these resistors.  Is there a general standard I should be adhering to?  The resistor I remove looks about 25% bigger.  Would that be a 1/2 watt?
A   1.141
B   1.10
C   0.838
D   0.564
E   0.558
F   0.364
G -37.63

I've done some additional testing around the amp to see what I can find.  I noticed that when the amp is powered on, both of the terminals on C52 (one of the two 3000uF capacitors in the rectifier section) both connect to ground per my continuity tester.  When the amp is off and the caps are discharged, there is no connection.  But the moment the amp powers on, the resistance reads 0 and they have continuity connection.  So such thing happens on C53.  When I remove C52 from the circuit, it reads as expected.

C and D for the power transformer function how I think they should.  When the amp is off, the two terminals have continuity.  When the amp is on, the have a resistance of around 128E. I'm not sure if that tells me anything but it was something I observed. 
I did some tracing around the parts mentioned and noticed that the connection for R53 was loose.  However, there wasn't any change in the issue.
Can I replace D6 with a 1n4001 or other 1n diode?  I assume that section of diodes is just keeping the power rails separated?  I took D6 out off of the board, and it kind of crumbled when I tried to test it. 
I did some testing on the part of the circuit g1 suggested - I noticed that the diode D6 tests in both directions at a very low value of -0.051v.  However, that may be due to the Thermistor in parallel.  Both D4 and D5 have a value of 0.51 (around a 1n4001) and don't go both directions.

The Thermistor in parallel with D6 is connected off of the circuit board to the chassis. Is there a way to tell whether or not that is functioning correctly?  On the bench with no power it reads around 47 ohms, but with power, it reads 0.
I captured some readings for Q10-Q18

C 1.175
B 39.94
E 39.42

C 0.941
B 0.095
E 0.091

C 0.012
B 0.088
E 0.088

C 39.72
B 1.097
E 0.561

C -39.74
B 0.270
E 0.082

C 39.83
B 0.565
E 0.80

C 0.082
B -39.89
E -39.84

C 39.83
B 0.565
E 0.97

C 0.082
B -39.89
E -39.80
Thanks g1, that was helpful.  The pinout shape on my schematic and what the redistor looks like are a bit different (still the correct value though), and you're indeed right that the pinout was backwards.

So with no signal, this is what I got:

C 39.26
B -0.128
E -0.713

C 39.79
B -0.149
E -0.709
Quote from: DrGonz78 on May 15, 2024, 11:01:19 PMList voltage reading for Q8 & Q9 at  all pin's connection points. Measure all power supplies. What are your -/+40v rails? -/+12v rails? Can you scope a signal through the unit and figure out where the signal goes bezerk?

Edit: If you scope the output is the fuzz actually crossover distortion?

Thanks for the reply, and sorry for my belated response.  I had someone at my company walk out, which pretty much threw my last two weeks into a tailspin. I checked the power rails, and both have -/+40v and -/+12v I expect.  As for the long tail pair, here are the readings I got from them with a 1kHz signal at 5v:

C -0.704
B -0.127
E 38.83

C -0.713
B -0.137
E 39.35

I'll admit my oscilloscope skills are lacking in terms to how to best use it to figure out  where the signal goes off of the rails.  I did put a scope at the end of the chain as suggested, and I can see that the bottom part of the sine wave appears to be clipping as it appears to be pretty flat. I'm currently looking into how to measure crossover distortion via watching some youtube videos, but any suggestions you can provide to an amp noob would be greatly appreciated.
Hello!  I've been a pedal builder for the past 10 years, building both from PCBs in the DIY community as well as designing some of my own.  Last winter, I began to dabble in amps.  I first took on this Gibson G-105 from the 70s. I first worked at re-capping the thing.  In a poor decision by me, I used some cheap caps to replace the two 3000uF caps located in the rectifier section of the amp.  It sounded great for a while.  It was super clean unless you pushed it, and was phenomenal hooked up to an electric piano or guitar.

One night, the amp began to totally fuzz out, producing this gated, starved sound.  Sort of like when you start screwing with the voltage going into old Germanium fuzz pedals. Luckily, the amp has a signal line out right before the long tail pair phase inverter, and I validated that it sounded fine.  I did some sanity checking around the speakers to ensure that wasn't the issue. I changed the crappy caps in the rectifier to some nice Mallory screw in terminal caps.  I even changed out the 4 power transistors. 

I've gotten a little over my head in terms of what step to take next.  I'm pretty capable of testing, but I'm unsure of where to look next.  I'm hoping the people in this forum could help point me in a good direction to begin to look.  Thanks!

Schematic for reference: