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Amp Book Recommendations

Discussion in 'Amps/Cabs Tech Corner: Amplifier, Cab & Speakers' started by Gearhead, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. Gearhead

    Gearhead Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Fairfax VA
    Heh all,

    I'm getting really interested in understanding the whole guitar amp thing, and want a book (or two) to lead the way. Have a basic understanding of electronics (have built stompboxes from schematices before), but amps are a whole different level. I see that Kevin O'connor has a whole line, as well as others.

    Also, if you were to buy an amp to start playing with, would a Sovtek be a good start? (believe the early ones are ptp?) I don't want to smoke any of the amps I've got now.


  2. Dave C

    Dave C Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2005
    Waterford Ct
    Books by Kevin O'Conner, Gerald Webber, Aspen Pitman's Tube Amp book would all be good. A look over at Tone Lizard Amp site would be good too.
    If the Sovtek is cheap enough get it. I usually recomend a Fender amp like a bassman or bandmaster head because they are abundant and usually inexpensive. Lots of info , schematics and mods available for Fender stuff too. No don't "mess" with anything on your list.......get some experience with something cheap that you don't care about first.
    Dave C
  3. Beer

    Beer Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Westbrook, CT
    I am a novice, but I've found building an amplifier from Weber to be very educational. Especially since I've figured out so many ways to screw it up thus far.

    I built (and keep fixing my goofs) a Marshall 50W plexi clone head (1987 model). Weber's designation is 6M45P on this site:


    The discussion forum is very helpful, but other forums have also been very educational, especially reading through many of the older threads dealing more closely with my amp type on the Plexi Palace and Metro Amps foruae.


    There are also some very helpful website for this amp, this one expecially.


    That last site does a pretty good job of breaking down the circuit and explaining what each element does. Another site that is very informative along the same lines (except with more references to mod's) is the Thunder Tweak site.


    Here are some other very useful sites:

    http://www.hoffmanamps.com/schematics.htm (there is one is great)
    http://www.triodeelectronics.com/index.html (dig in here for tube pin data)

    Of course you may want to start with something smaller or more to your taste. I think, looking back, I would have been well advised (and I was) to start with like a Champ or something along those lines. The Weber kits are great for their relative cheapness and are rated for their ease of build. I should have stuck to the "1" level for my first build instead of a "3". Also, and this is debatable, because he does NOT give you a step by step walk through, you really get a chance to try and figure out certain things on your own. You end up with a good quality amplifier that you are not afraid to modify, because it really has no resale value anyway.

    For Fender amp info, this is also a Must have link:

  4. donnyjaguar

    donnyjaguar Member

    Nov 4, 2005
    By far and above the best tube audio book I've read (and I've read them all) is by James Moir and entitled High Fidelity Sound Reproduction.It has been out of print for decades so good luck finding it.

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