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Orange has released the Orange Super Crush 100.  They have this as a head as well as a combo unit.  According to designer Ade Emsley, this amp doesn't use opamp circuitry but rather single ended jfet transistors.  With two circuits, reverb, and independent eq sections for clean and overdrive, this unit really rocks.  It has what I consider to be (from the video clips) the best sounding solid state overdrive sound I've heard.  This is worth a listen, check out Ty Tabor's demo here:

https://www.gearnews.com/orange-squeezes-out-new-super-crush-100-transistor-amp-head-and-combo/

MSRP is $499 USD for the head, $699 for the combo.

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Amplifier Discussion / Re: newbie question about cranked amp overdrive
« on: December 28, 2021, 08:00:35 PM »
I'm not trying to be difficult, but unless I am blind, there is no model # in either of those posts.
Schematics are found by model number.  If we had the number, perhaps we would already be looking at the schematic, which would make for a much more fertile discussion.
Apologies if there is no model # to be found on the unit, but if so the OP should just say that.

You aren't being difficult.  The model name is "Guitar/Bass/Organ amp" by Montgomery Ward.  There should be a model number as well though which no one has shared.  This video shows one of the same name, but very different configuration (head/cab vs combo anyway) vs what was linked to by Phatt.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWmjj-eag3g

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Amplifier Discussion / Re: Hartke HA5000 tripping relay
« on: December 24, 2021, 08:14:01 AM »
Finally I had a chance to change all of the electrolytics on the offending amplifier board. That was it! The amp is working great now and sounds good too. Thanks Enzo for pointing me in the right direction. Your help is always appreciated.

Mark

Rock and roll!  Glad to hear it's working and good job with the repair!  :tu:

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Amplifier Discussion / Re: Hum increases with 3-prong cord
« on: December 24, 2021, 08:12:50 AM »
I understand about the idea that a lot of things can cause hum but I just was wondering sing the whole idea of the polarity switch and the "death cap" was to ground the side that produced the least amount of hum.
Wiring an older amp with a new 3-wire cord, and using the standard wiring code, it might not connect the amp hot & neutral up to the side that hummed the least.

I've never tried swapping the black & white wires to see if that changes anything.
I also can't tell what, if any, effect that the use of a driver transformer has on the overall rejection of hum.
It is the Epiphone that floors me.  When I got it, it was working, sort of, but there was no real appreciable hum.
The whole front panel and chassis seemed to be the ground plane.  Every ground was haphazardly connected to the nearest point, i.e. Cathode resistors to the back of a volume control, Pre-amp B+ capacitor and cathode resistor grounded together, etc.  Just about every "bad" layout connection you could name.
Added the 3-wire grounded AC line and there is now hum in the system.

It is next on my schedule so I will take another look at the wiring.
Michael

So far you have mentioned;
A Gibson 100 head, a Vox, a fender,,,and now it's an Epiphone.
Can you please just focus on one Amplifier as it's just not feasible for the members to keep up with constantly changing units.

If you have a hum in many many Amplifiers then it's highly likely something else is causing issues. :-X

Working on amps *Outside of the Chassis* can lead to induced hum from Fluro lights, Computer Equipment and many other sources of RFI/EMI.

So do you have ANY amplifier that does not hum?
Phil.

Agreed 100%.  My brother used to live in a house that no matter what I did my amp would make a ton of noise.  Never did get to find out if it was interference from something in the house or if the power was "dirty" - he moved.  Fluorescent lights can cause issue and inexpensive LED lights can as well, especially high power ones like the outdoor flood style lamps.

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Amplifier Discussion / Re: Sears Transistor Part Numbers equivalents
« on: December 03, 2021, 07:05:29 PM »
Probably something common like 2N3055.

Use the Silvertone part number and go to the NTE web site and look up their cross.  It may not be exact, but it will tell you what NTE thinks the part needs to be.

If the amp is working, I'd leave them alone.  Transistors don't wear out like tubes do.

I second this.  Also, if you provide us with pictures it may help.

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Honey Amp / Re: Got my kit!
« on: December 02, 2021, 11:54:19 AM »
Photos of the build—I have a couple of these Trader Joe's tins, which I kept because I like the shape and size, a little more room to maneuver inside than an Altoids tin. I used some nylon standoffs and screws to hold it off the metal, which works well enough.

Looks like the input jack and power jack aren't soldered yet, or just not enough solder?  Neat build though, I like the enclosure a lot!

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Guitar News / Biggest selling amp this year - Mustang Micro!
« on: November 23, 2021, 08:56:58 PM »
According to musicradar.com and reverb.com, the biggest selling amp of the year (in volume, not dollars profit) is the Mustang Micro.  Interestingly, DSP and solid state in general completely dominated the top 10.  Tube amplifiers only showed up in 4th, 5th, and 8th in the top 10 with 4th and 5th place being Orange's micro series amps that use tube preamp and solid state power amps.  Rock on SS gear!

https://www.musicradar.com/news/bestselling-guitar-amp-2021

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Guitar News / EHX Howitzer - not sure how I missed this one!
« on: November 22, 2021, 11:42:40 AM »
Back in March, EHX released the 15w Howitzer pedal amp.  The difference with this and the older 5mm, 22 Cal, and 44 Magnum, is this has a full preamp in front!  3 Band EQ, normal and bright modes, gain, and master volume.  It also has an effects loop if you want to add some reverb or other inline effects.  Nice little class-d amp with reasonable preamp in front.
 I think that from the clips I've heard it sounds great clean and with light overdrive.  When you crank it into saturation it leaves a little to be desired.  With a street price currently at about $140 USD, it's still hard to beat though!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vi0jS-t6Tc

https://www.musicradar.com/news/boom-its-the-new-electro-harmonix-15watt-howitzer-pedal-amp

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Positive Grid is releasing a wireless foot controller for their Spark amp.  Dubbed the Spark Control, the controller connects via bluetooth and allows the guitarist to "change presets, toggle effects, control backing tracks and a ton more".  Honestly, wireless control of an amp is something I never thought of, but now I don't know if I can live without!  What a great idea!

Price TBD

https://www.musicradar.com/news/positive-grid-spark-control-coming-soon

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Amplifier Discussion / Re: Peavey Bandit as speaker cab
« on: November 18, 2021, 11:25:59 AM »
I've seen it done before where the speaker goes to a female 1/4" jack, the amp has a female 1/4" output jack, and then when using it as a combo you use a short 6" speaker cable to tie them together.  Want to power a different speaker?  Just unplug the speaker and plug a longer cable from the amp output into another cab.  Want to use the Bandit speaker (like you do) as a cab for another amp?  Just unplug both ends of the 6" speaker cable and plug a longer cable into the Bandit from the amp serving as a head.  Clean and simple.

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Guitar News / Favorite pedals of 2021 - go vote at musicradar.com
« on: November 16, 2021, 09:39:32 PM »
Vote for your favorite effects pedal: https://www.musicradar.com/news/what-is-the-best-new-guitar-effects-pedal-of-2021

And don't forget to vote for your favorite modelling pedal as well: https://www.musicradar.com/news/what-is-the-best-new-guitar-ampmodelling-pedal-of-2021

**SSGuitar.com is not in any way affiliated with musicradar.com, I just like their content and frequently use them as a news source.**

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Peavey has announced updates to it's Vypyr series of amplifiers.  Now they have more amp models, more effects, and a reworked semi-open cab to "improve volume and tone".  I'm not normally big on the "a billion options in one amp" units, but I have to say, I'd like to sit down and play with one of these.

Pricing is $179, $349, and $499 for the 20w X1, 40w X2, and 100w X3 respectively.

https://www.musicradar.com/news/peavey-vypyr-x-series

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Late this summer, Victory released it's new amp head called "The Kraken".  It uses a couple military spec tubes for preamp duties feeding into a 180w class D solid state power amp section.  Boasting two channels, reverb, 3 band EQ, footswitchable channels, effects loop, and simulated speaker outputs - this little guy has it all...if you can cough up a cool $999 USD.

https://www.musicradar.com/reviews/victory-v4-the-kraken-head

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Amplifier Discussion / Re: 80's Era Roland JC50 blows internal fuses
« on: November 07, 2021, 08:47:29 PM »
I really appreciate all the suggestions from everyone. I popped over to a local vintage guitar shop in town on the off chance that they would have a similar headphone jack as a spare part. They had something very similar to I bought it for $7. As it turns out, the switching inside the jack is identical to the original. Even though I rang out all the connections on the old one, and everything seemed to be working, I went ahead and wired up the new jack and installed it. It ended up working perfectly. I'm guessing that perhaps the contacts internally were corroded, which may have loaded the circuit more than expected but that is a wild guess. Either way, I'm happy to say that the new jack worked.  :)

Good job getting it fixed up!

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