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  1. axpro

    Is buying a used amp worth it?

    I have bought new, bought used, and custom built WAY TOO MANY amps. New amps are nice and tend to be more stable. but if you are worried about "value" it drops off fast. USED amps are broken in, BUT you don't really know the history. I buy nice used amps (some from the here!) and I have...
  2. axpro

    Custom USA built electric guitars around $2K ... is there a market ?

    I think there is a "desire" for such a product, but unfortunately, there is no resale market for such a thing, and people put a LOT of thought into resellability of items. Everyone wants a custom guitar with all the cool options, but in order to keep the build quality in check, and the...
  3. axpro

    Thoughts on financing guitars?

    As someone who has worked in guitar sales over the years (and who only recently re-activated my TGP account lol) I will say Financing at zero percent with whom i think you are financing with, isn't a bad deal.... as long as you can afford it. The problem comes from someone who goes over their...
  4. axpro

    How would you build your ultimate 5-pedal board?

    Hmmmm, 5 board pedalboard? My guitar is a PRS HBII with dragon II pickups, The amp would be my Silver Jubilee, and the pedals would be my JHS boost clone for goosing the front end, a reverb for in the loop, and possibly a 7 band eq for lead boost/eq since i don't use a channel switch.... Maybe...
  5. axpro

    Should I pull the trigger or not?!?!? PRS singlecut

    Well, it has been taken out of my hands! A regular customer has asked it be transfered to another store, and I didn't have an "official" hold on it, so off it goes. Probably for the best, as I DO have enough singlecut guitars at the moment.... I think I am going to keep my eyes open for...
  6. axpro

    Should I pull the trigger or not?!?!? PRS singlecut

    Hey guys, as my signature states, I used to have lots of gear, then got divorced, and I have been "Rebuilding" for years now. I have a nice selection of PRS guitars, my weapon of choice as it were. I work in a shop, so I do see them occasionally, and pick them up when i can Currently have an...
  7. axpro

    Tweed Pro 5D5 Advice Gut Shots Added

    Speakers are so subjective, Hope you dig the Weber 10's I am on the other side, I like really dark speakers for the most part, and find that 10's are too snappy for my tastes. I've tried several versions, but never liked them. I prefer dark sounding 12's and 15s
  8. axpro

    Capacitor Replacement - Orange

    as for the squeal, it could just be wire placement... not easy to correct for when most "wires" are solder traces.
  9. axpro

    Capacitor Replacement - Orange

    Hmmmmm, I don't have much to add that's constructive lol. NOT trying to disagree with Mr Fahey, though I do think some caps do have a difference brand wise.... not a huge difference, but cumulatively through an entire amp, I found that Orange drops were a little bit brighter than Mallory...
  10. axpro

    Garnet G45tr Revolution 1 Help

    Hey Wingman. I wish you some good luck, but I believe that Gar tweaked his designs and had multiple revisions, much like Traynor amps (Us damn Canadians... ALWAYS STRIVING FOR PERFECTION! lol) Unfortunately, unlike Traynor amps, the Garnet amp variations aren't always well documented. AND...
  11. axpro

    Vintage amp safety question here...

    To add my $0.02 Canadian funds.... Don't use the amp. DEFINITELY don't gig with it... until you take care of it. We had one get traded in at the shop I work at (not the same model, but similar type... Garnet "Stencil" amps as they call them up here) To be honest the amps like this don't...
  12. axpro

    NOS tube longevity......NONSENSE!!

    Real world-wise, I don't know if I would hear a big difference with NOS tubes in a band setting. I have tried int he past and it wasn't easy to hear a difference. I've also had some NOS tubes just up and die on me, something i have only had once with new tubes. Lets also face that a lot of us...
  13. axpro

    The latest "What to build" question lol

    I tried kt66s before when this amp was more of a JTM45, the jcm800 and didn't find a huge improvement, but of course I had an issue with the cathode follower i missed for several build variations. I think i have a pair of kt66s here somewhere, but i don't think they are gold lions. The amp is...
  14. axpro

    Favorite pre-amp question

    I am far from an expert, but there are lots of guys who can explain the ins and out of your questions far better than I can. Just to touch on your "Champ with a full TMB tone stack", blackface champs (AA764 models) DO have a full tone stack, it's just that Fender subbed in a fixed resistor...
  15. axpro

    Favorite pre-amp question

    I think you are are over-simplifying the whole gain stage idea. If you look at a champ vs a Blackface deluxe, they are pretty much the same thing preamp wise. leave out the Phase inverter/power amp from the mix, and they are incredibly similar. One utility gain stage, driving a tone stack...
  16. axpro

    Gutting and Rebuilding a Peavey Bravo: Suggestions

    The Peavey cabs tend to weigh a lot, and they tend to use heavy ass speakers lol. If you are rebuilding the cabinet, and rewiring the amp....w hy not start fresh!? I haven't seen a schematic of the Peavey Bravo, but it does seem to have a lot of circuitboard in there... I am wondering how...
  17. axpro

    The latest "What to build" question lol

    Okay, i think I have it dialed in. Lowered the gain somewhat in the preamp, changing the cathode resistor of the parallel first stage to a 2.7k (from the 1.5 stock) and using a 1uf bypass cap. Also switched the preamp tubes with 12ay7's. I keep the volume cranked (if i had a good push/pull...
  18. axpro

    Tweed Pro 5D5 Advice Gut Shots Added

    This is a really REALLY simple amp., not a lot of tone shaping, and the interesting input jack wiring. I considered building one a few times. Of course, it all depends on how "bone stock" the original builder built it. Mallory caps versus Orange drops tend to sound a little "meatier" in my...
  19. axpro

    The latest "What to build" question lol

    Back to amps, I ended up kinda half assing together a Matchless-ey amp. I used the preamp stages of a Matchless lightning for inspiration (kinda like a Marshall topography, but with a parallel first stage) Master volume is pre phase inverter at the moment, I don't have a spare dual ganged pot...
  20. axpro

    The latest "What to build" question lol

    Yeah, I play mostly PRS guitars, and I don't like the humbucker cleans.... I really don't like most humbuckers clean to be honest, but I get easily annoyed by hum so I am stuck between a rock and hard place. A couple of my guitars have some Seymour Duncan 3+3 split coils in the neck position...
  21. axpro


    Yeah yeah yeah.... :D It was the damn multiplier band, some of my resistors have them, and some dont. I instinctively knew the regular colour code, but missed that extra band at the bottom... BOOOOO!
  22. axpro


    So been messing with this Traynor YBA-JCM800 amp, that never sounded "quite right" So i messed with it and messed with it and figured "It's not happy being a Marshall, I'll try something else. Turned it into a Bastardized Matchless.... type front end into dual 6L6's (it's what i had) When i...
  23. axpro

    The latest "What to build" question lol

    Hey guys, I have been jamming with a couple guys lately, and the amp i use (a homebrew JCM800 hi gain mod) doesn't cut it. It's got massive bottom end, and sounds great for metal, but we tend to skew a little cleaner, and into blues rock. I used the low gain input, but it sounds a bit crap...
  24. axpro

    Can you turn a Fender Reverb tank into an amp (Champ)?

    It WOULD be possible to build an amp out of a standalone reverb, but it would still need a real output transformer (reverb transformers are undersized for a speaker from what i remember, aside from using them to build crazy little 1 watt amps) and you would need to alter quite a few parts of the...
  25. axpro

    Apology to forum members

    Ahhhh, i dont know if i ever commented on your original message. Messing with PCBs is crazy work! I started there, reading Steve Ahola's Blue Guitar site as my origin. I messed up a Peavey classic 30 pretty bad over the course of a few years of trying every mod i could think of to it. The...