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I'm quite liking the idea of the Mustang IV.  One of my mates has a mustang 3, and loves it, he did a review on my site,

The Mustang IV seems to give you best of both worlds, with quite a range of modelled amps, and effects.

100 preset amp sounds paired with 37 different effects
12 different amp models from vintage FENDER® sparkle to modern metal distortion
37 different effects in four categories (stomp, modulation, delay and reverb)

Plus, hook it up to your PC using the included Fender FUSE software Editor, and you can tweak it to your needs.

The Newcomer's Forum / Re: Where to begin?
« on: May 31, 2013, 12:38:53 PM »

After you feel comfortable with that if you want to pursue a "real" amp I would highly recommend building a chip amp kit.  These are offered from several places, are easy to build, are normally very well designed and aren't too expensive either.

Just to add to this, hope it's ok to post a link?  These any good?

The Newcomer's Forum / Re: fender stage lead 212 troubleshooting
« on: November 24, 2012, 04:11:54 AM »

Ladies and Gentlemen we have a working amplifier!

Excellent news, well done Capt_Dunzell.  :dbtu: 

What about a Fender Mustang III

100 watts and 36lbs loads of great features

Amplifier Discussion / Re: SWR Workingmans 12 amp
« on: November 05, 2012, 03:03:17 PM »
Thanks, but this stuff is all new to me.  The amp has a Preamp CLIP LED (the dead one I was asking about).

The Preamp Clip LED will light whenever the Preamp, Tone section or output buffer reach clipping (that
is, run out of headroom). In the event the Preamp Clip LED lights, turn down the Gain control. Since the
Preamp Clip also monitors the Tone section, boosting any one of the tone controls can cause the LED to
activate. Again, turn down the Gain control if this happens.
NOTE: Constant clipping of the preamp will not harm the electronics in your Workingman’s 12.
However, damage can occur to speakers due to near-DC content present in a clipped waveform.

And a Limiter LED

The Workingman’s 12 Limiter Circuit is a soft knee type limiter that prevents distortion of attack transients
or peaks. The Limiter can be used as an effect and is also helpful in preventing speaker damage.
The circuit is located after (post) the master volume and before (pre) the power amplifier; it is driven by
the Master Volume control. Its threshold (starting point) is preset by the factory so that the user can get
maximum overall apparent volume without unduly overdriving the power amplifier.

The Limiter LED lights when your signal has reached the Limiter threshold, letting you know that the
Limiter circuit has been activated.
NOTE: No harm is being done to your amplifier when this LED lights or stays lit.

The Newcomer's Forum / Re: fender stage lead 212 troubleshooting
« on: November 05, 2012, 04:18:24 AM »

this is the schematic that I found, sorry I cant seem to get the PDF to have the correct orientation.

If your using a fairly new version of adobe reader, then you should be able to right click somewhere in in the middle of the drawing and then choose "Rotate Clockwise"   ;)

The Newcomer's Forum / Re: pcb's
« on: November 04, 2012, 04:34:07 PM »
Thanks for the info. 

Not sure we have a radio shack in the UK?  at least I've not seen one, we have Maplins which is similar I believe. 

Amplifier Discussion / Re: SWR Workingmans 12 amp
« on: November 04, 2012, 09:00:14 AM »

Frankly the idea of a clipping led in such a small amps seems rather pointless.

For got to say.  I guess it's small, but I wouldn't like to lug it around too much, it weighs about 50lbs. 
SWR Workingman's 12 Bass Combo Specifications:
* 120 Watts RMS
* 160 Watts @ 4 Ohms (with 8 ohm extension speaker)
* (1) 12" Custom SWR driver
* (1) Le-Son TLX-1 Piezo tweeter
* 8 Ohms (internal)
* 15-1/2"W x 22-1/4"H x 15-1/4"D
* 50 lbs.

* Discrete solid state front end
* Gain Control
* Aural Enhancer Control
* Bass Control
* Midrange Control
* Treble Control
* Effects Blend Control
* Automatic compressor/limiter
* Side Chain Effects Loop
* Headphone Jack
* Tuner Output
* Extension Speaker Jack
* Balanced XLR record out
* 3-Way Output Switch

Amplifier Discussion / Re: SWR Workingmans 12 amp
« on: November 04, 2012, 08:19:40 AM »
If the Amp works fine and makes no ugly sounds until pushed hard then it's likely working just fine.
Frankly the idea of a clipping led in such a small amps seems rather pointless.
Thousands of amplifiers seem to work just fine without a clipping led,,  :loco go figure?
My Advice is,,,If it ain't broke then don't fix it. 8)

Thanks for the reply Phil..  The amp sounds great even when pushed hard, no horrible sounds except for the guitar playing. lol..  I was just curious about the input clip light, but I'll take your advice and live with it.;)

Amplifier Discussion / SWR Workingmans 12 amp
« on: November 04, 2012, 06:11:22 AM »
I have a old but very nice sounding SWR Workingman's 12 amp, which I bought a while back for my son to practice the bass guitar on.  It's the older one with the controls set back at the top.   All seems to work very well, except for the clipping light, which doesn't seem to do anything regardless of any settings.

I was wondering if maybe his cheap Bass guitar's passive output is a bit weak, or is it the clipping light that's faulty. 

Can anyone give me some advice on how to test this please.

The Newcomer's Forum / Re: pcb's
« on: November 04, 2012, 05:45:01 AM »
If you really want to learn and experiment. I suggest you pickup a decent breadboard for testing. Its not very expensive, but it will help you test out a lot of ideas and designs with minimum soldering.

Sorry to drag up an old thread.  I went searching on google for breadboards, and didn't quite get the result I was hoping for at first.  8|

But found a few after a bit of digging.  There does seem to be quite a few variants of the breadboards, does it matter what one I go for?  The prices seem to jump around quite a bit too. 

The Newcomer's Forum / Re: How to use a Multimeter video
« on: November 03, 2012, 11:04:57 AM »
Very handy, I've learnt a few things already from watching these.  Thanks for posting them.  :)


There's a series of interactive tutorials hosted by the University of Texas at Austin that really surprised me.

Hi all. Just a heads up.  That link is dead now.  ;)

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