Sunday, December 28, 2008

Reading, reading, reading

I'm a bit under the weather right now which is affording me the perfect oppurtunity to read up a bit and refresh myself on amp components. About two years ago I got 'The Guitar Amp Handbook' by Dave Hunter and 'The Tube Amp Book' by Aspen Pittman. The beauty of the former of these books is that there is a detailed walkthrough and description of the signal path in a Fender Princeton model 5F2. The amp I'm assembling is a Fender 5F1, and, so far, the only difference I've seen in the signal path is a tone stage in the 5F2. One of the things I like about the 5F1 design is the simplicity and direct signal path.

Later this week if I can find the time I'm going to stop of at Radio Shack and buy the components to build a very small 9V amp that I've built before from a schematic in an issue of Make Magainze. It costs less then $5 dollars for all the components together (if you don't buy a speaker), and the completed project only has about 30 solder joints total. I want to get my solder skills back up before I mess with something more pricey; it's been over a month since I've soldered anything. Also the little amps are fun. They don't sound all that amazing as you might expect, but they fit into the palm of your hand.

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