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Tubes and Hybrids / How hard is it to build the amp I want?
« on: December 01, 2017, 12:22:07 AM »
Apologies if this has been covered here a lot, I'm brand new. I have come here because I have questions about SS and hybrid amps, and how to build one.

I'm a pro player. 30 years on the job. I have never been happy with tube amps. If they have enough headroom and Dynamics, they're too big and heavy. I have an aversion to things most guitar players like. Stuff like sag, compression, splatty low end breakup, etc.

Lately I have been using an early 00's Marshall AVT 50. It's not perfect by any means, but I like it far better than anything else I've tried recently.

It got me thinking- How hard would it be to homebrew a better version? Or at least comparable, but simplified and with more power.

I need one channel, with a tube driven pre, and just basic Gain, hi, mid, low, and master controls. That, and a loop is all I need. I'd like to couple that to a 100-200 watt analog SS output section.

I've soldered inside guitars for 25 years. But I have no knowledge of electronics or building or repairing amplifiers. Totally clueless.

How do I figure it out? Or is it better to find somebody who already knows what they're doing?


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