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Amplifier Discussion / Re: Official SSGuitar kit, on-board options
« on: July 27, 2020, 03:20:00 PM »
Any update on the progress. I see in the news that the pcbs have arrived   :dbtu:

Things got tied up with me being crazy busy at home and work.  It's still progressing, just slowly.  I'm about to get another small run done for a second prototype with a few changes in the tone stack and some new artwork on the board.   :dbtu:

The Newcomer's Forum / Re: early 90s Peavey Stereo Chorus 212
« on: July 22, 2020, 02:46:44 PM »
Refresh the connections to the DFX card.

A few years back I fixed a Fender DSP amp by just a simple unplug/replug of the DFX PCB.   :dbtu:

Hamstead Soundworks has released a new single knob, clean boost pedal.  The Ascent Amplitude doesn't seem to be technically anything terribly new or interesting.  But socially, it sure is.  They are employing tech members that normally work with Iggy Pop, AC/DC, and The National, to put these together - helping people that were unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  On top of this, part of the remaining profits also go to a charity to help struggling musicians.  I think this is a great idea.  If their booster plays half as well as their social concept, it's money very well spent.

Guitar News / Re: Coronavirus hitting the music industry
« on: July 12, 2020, 08:57:04 AM »
In person concerts are starting to come back...sort of:

Electro-Harmonix (EHX) has released the new Cntl Knob (pronounced "control knob").  This pedal can be used on all devices that have a TRS "EXP" or "expression" pedal input.  It simply has two knobs and a footswitch between them.  Set EXP1 to your first sound setting, and EXP2 to your second.  Then toggle through them at will.  It's a simple device, but for $39, I could see this being very useful for a lot of people!  Plus it looks pretty darn slick!

Amplifier Discussion / Re: Pedalboard amp
« on: July 11, 2020, 05:45:47 AM »
BTW I reversed the polarity on the GDI21 and I got smoke but it still works. The only effect is that the LED now stays on whereas it should only be on when an input is plugged in.

Sent from my SM-A505FN using Tapatalk

Not sure I would trust using it revered polarity for any length of time.  Honestly I'm surprised it still works!

The Newcomer's Forum / MOVED: Music Electronics Forum
« on: July 06, 2020, 11:31:44 AM »

Crew Nation, set up by Live Nation, is helping musicians and those who tour with them (road crew etc) who need financial support due to not being able to tour etc to support themselves.  Fender has decided to help out with this and is now supporting Crew Nation with the sale of some Masterbuilt guitars.  These guitars were built at home by some of Fender's best luthiers and they look great!

According to, the Shure SM57 and SM58 earned the 1st and 2nd place spots respectively for best cheap mics in 2020.  This isn't terribly surprising since they have been at the top of their game since they came out over 50 years ago.  Check out the others in their top 8.

Amplifier Discussion / Re: Inkjet printed circuit boards
« on: June 07, 2020, 08:35:54 PM »
Great share, this is very exciting and would be VERY useful for home use/fabrication of prototypes!  I could print out a board that I just designed and have it put together in the same day!   :dbtu:

Amplifier Discussion / Re: Fender Frontman 65 distortion
« on: June 06, 2020, 08:23:16 PM »
Sorry to also revive such an old thread, I also have a Fender FM65r which suddenly developed a really unbearable crackling & distortion intermittently every couple of minutes, if I messed around with on off button it stopped but then started again after a few mins and drove me up the wall!!!! I changed on/off switch but no resolve, viewed internally on pcb and found capacitor 50 had leaked, replaced with a new one but amp still did the same, after lots of investigation and searching internet after nearly giving up I stumbled upon this thread, amazingly I found a few others had had same issue and I’d after reading Roly & Enzo smart advice I decided to change transistors Q10 & Q11 to BD139 & BD140 transistors, also cleaned all pots and everything else internally and stunned the amp runs like a dream crystal clear like new and no dirty crackling pots as well. So I needed to say a huge thank you to Roly who unfortunately I hear has passed, a traffic loss to guys like us who totally appreciate his knowledge and his sharing this to help others, big thanks to Enzo and any others who participated in this thread over the years. These threads are a massive help to people like us who are stuck and don’t know what to do next. I was going to give up on the repair till I fell upon this, so a massive thanks again guys you saved me at least £100 trying to get repaired which I doubt anywhere would with it being a non repairable amp by Fender, and such little repair information available anywhere to aid us in repairing, in total the parts cost me about £3 to fix amp and that’s expensive as I only bought couple of each parts needed.
I’ll definitely try here again when I have more issues with any gear. Many thanks all. Steve Dutton, vocals, guitars & production in Manchester band The Dead Xtra’s

Welcome aboard, Steve!  Glad to hear the forum helped you out!  These old posts are gold sometimes, that's for sure!

Very professional looking!  Not sure I love the wire wrapped style, it makes for a heck of a birds nest of wires.  But hey, if it works, who am I to judge?  And it's done very cleanly.

Abominable Pedals, God City, Chase Bliss Audio, and Cooper FX are some of the latest companies to start actively promoting the end of racism.  I hope that this continues and eventually gets to the point where it isn't necessary because racism dies out.  Call me a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.

Guitar News / Re: DryBell releases "The Engine" - $299 preamp pedal
« on: June 05, 2020, 09:10:47 AM »
I quote the vid at 7.18

"So there you have it folks the Engine truely evokes the feel and tone of those classic Amps."

Meanwhile using a REAL JMP 50Watt Marshall. Durh???? what a load of crap :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

Which is much the same as promoting A Boss fender 64 reverb pedal sounding like a real 64 reverb Amp.
And demonstrating it through a,,, real 64 Fender amp.
Yeah right,,,,, And I can make a  banana flavor taste like a real banana just buy using a real banana.  :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

This crap goes on all the time on these pedal demos,,
The REAL ACID test is how good some wizz bag pedal pulls off great tone through a small bedroom amp. 8|

Don't get me wrong the pedal sounds good but at least test it through some basic amps as well as through the obvious Big name Valve gear.
That would give punters a much more realistic impression of how well the pedal will suit their setup.
For every Big name Valve amp Owner there would be 10~100 times more basic amp owners out there.
Which equates to far greater profit if they had a even half a brain. :loco

For those that don't know, the touch response mentioned in the vid has more to do with the Valve amps used than the pedal.
The Sustain at 1.24 is simply the Valve amp feed back which has little to do with the pedal. Any basic pedal with boost up will cause a valve amp to feedback like that.
Again this has little to do with how good the pedal works. The wank factor is in a lot of these demos and it's time the young ones woke up to the hype.
Rant over,, Phil.

I honestly overlook most of this now because it seems all major players do this game.  You are right though, it would be interesting to see what this sounds like through a simple Fender Frontman, Marshall MG, Vox Pathfinder etc.  My guess, it'd sound okay.  Which is basically what I thought during the video, it sounds good, but not anything that blew me away.  Everyone has their thing though, maybe this is it for some?

Guitar News / DryBell releases "The Engine" - $299 preamp pedal
« on: June 04, 2020, 01:47:43 PM »
DryBell has announced it's newest pedal, The Engine.  Selling for $299, this is a preamp pedal "for all those that love 1960's style non-master volume amps."  The concept sounds good, and the clips sound pretty good.  But it seems a convoluted way to get the sounds they are shooting for.  There are two preamps on board, A and B.  You can control either one, or put them together with A or B coming first in the signal chain.  They both have tone controls but not your typical TMB stack.  Preamp A has Level, Gain, Tone, and Shape.  Preamp B has Level, Range, Low, and High.

Perfect?  Too complicated?  What's your take?

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