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  1. Luthier Vandros

    "While We Sleep" - making the best of poorly tracked guitars

    Should've called it, "While my kids sleep in the room above my garage studio" heh. I composed and tracked this about 5 years ago. I track and write while I record. Never know what I'm going to do until I sit in front of the DAW and start. This emerged and was hastily tracked back when I thought...
  2. Luthier Vandros

    Tube Price gouging

    I had the sense and means to buy in bulk when regional conditions around eastern europe started to deteriorate. I was fortunate, but many are not. My distributor's supply has been wiped clean and prices for single JJ 12ax7s are going for upwards of $80 each online. I have no tolerance for...
  3. Luthier Vandros

    6G2 clone debug - buzz with volume at 0

    Update: oscillation noise ceases when the trem circuit is ungrouded via footswitch jack.
  4. Luthier Vandros

    6G2 clone debug - buzz with volume at 0

    hey hey. Yes , that’s how it’s wired. With v1 pulled and v2 remaining, modulating the intensity and speed controls alter the noise - as does moving the two wires associated with them. I’m tempted to pull them and run coax.
  5. Luthier Vandros

    6G2 clone debug - buzz with volume at 0

    You and Snell teach me things every day! I'm hardly a pro, just a lucky fool who hasn't turned up crispy yet. I'm likely going to gut this and rebuild it.
  6. Luthier Vandros

    5e3 Build Normal Channel 60hz hum

    I've seen people solder the pins into the socket. I've been rebuilding a botched 6G2 clone that a customer brought in. V1 and 2 both required new sockets due to this. Be careful and YMMV.
  7. Luthier Vandros

    6G2 clone debug - buzz with volume at 0

    Hi, all. Happy Monday. I'm almost finished debugging a customer's 6G2 clone and am down to two remaining issues: 1. Buzz when volume at 0 - 2 + tone at 0-9 2. Non functioning trem My main concern is issue #1 at the moment. I found and corrected a host of assembly errors and now the amp is...
  8. Luthier Vandros

    Silverface Season

    Right on. I find it hard not to love these. More times than not, I tend to favor the reverb on them over their blackface elders. The cab const leaves lots to be desired tho.
  9. Luthier Vandros

    Silverface Season

    Sounds sweet JB!
  10. Luthier Vandros

    Silverface Season

    Thanks, gang! The VC is 1/4” shorter strangely. I’ll have to take a peek and see if it’s due to the feet. Owner wants a little more gain from it. Next to his Champ, it lacks a little push due to the tone stack, so I’ll free up a touch of gain in the preamp. Gnarly little amps! That Princeton...
  11. Luthier Vandros

    Silverface Season

    I feel I haven’t been around in ages. I’ve been so busy with restorations and repair work, I’m contemplating getting a small commercial space, but love working from home to be honest and don’t think I want to get back into a commercial lease. It’s funny how certain types of amps seem to come...
  12. Luthier Vandros

    60's Vox Kensington Bass: This chump is stumped

    Pardon the friendly fire, Guys. I sortet it out and forgot to update you. The owner brought the amp over as the bare chassis —and once I realized that q2 wasn’t grounded without the g-tuner connected, asked for the cab, which houses the off-board portion of the system. Without the molex...
  13. Luthier Vandros

    60's Vox Kensington Bass: This chump is stumped

    I've met my match. I've got a transistory Vox bass amp from the 60's on the ol' bench and am getting no guitar signal to pass through the output found two poop caps feeding Q1/2 bases. The amp passes an injected 1khz sine with authority and ease, but will not pass a guitar signal. Any hot...
  14. Luthier Vandros

    40’s National: Dobro Enters the Resto Dojo

    Update: Amp sounds stellar through the mic input, as usual! Almost no background noise after revising grounding scheme. Cheers!
  15. Luthier Vandros

    5e3 with blue moldies!

    Is what it is. Amp is a 2009 build. The first amp a new builder rolled off the line. A lot of “techs“ charge a lot of money to ruin perfectly good amps. I’m starting to become jaded. Something I fight daily.
  16. Luthier Vandros

    5e3 with blue moldies!

    Ha what’s wrong with this pic? Did a quick job for a repeat client. His old tech tacked them in. Leads too short. I j-hooked ‘em for a little more security. Not beautiful, but they aren’t going anywhere and there’s just enough room for these to flex a bit. I also removed the 250uf first rage...
  17. Luthier Vandros

    40’s National: Dobro Enters the Resto Dojo

    Good progress today. Waiting on one cap can and have to whip up a power cord, then I can test. All the caps tested as either shorts or were almost double their uf ratings.
  18. Luthier Vandros

    40’s National: Dobro Enters the Resto Dojo

    The only source of info on this amp I've been able to find: http://judyboxamp.blogspot.com/2012/02/overhauling-national-dobro-mystery-amp.html
  19. Luthier Vandros

    40’s National: Dobro Enters the Resto Dojo

    THAT is a really cool amp!
  20. Luthier Vandros

    40’s National: Dobro Enters the Resto Dojo

    Thank you! Owner said he was able to play it until the power cord crumbled lol! I’ve been able to bring back the color in the cloth covered wiring within the chassis, but the harness that connects the field coil speaker to it will take some work. I’m really grateful to be able to do this kind...
  21. Luthier Vandros

    1964 Deluxe (non-reverb) barn find

    These are my fav threads. Congrats! Love the wasp’s nest! Have fun with the resto. Looks like good times from here.
  22. Luthier Vandros

    40’s National: Dobro Enters the Resto Dojo

    Whoa momma. This may be a ‘42 Concert Model 400. Looks like it has two preamp circuits. The mic channel looks grid biased.
  23. Luthier Vandros

    40’s National: Dobro Enters the Resto Dojo

    Here’s the beginning. What am I getting myself into here? The owner bought this with the matching lap steel. he was nice enough to Kick the rats out and give her a cursory cleaning, so I’m grateful. This will either be a massive money pit/stalled project or one cool Resto.
  24. Luthier Vandros

    1970’s Music Master Resto and Dangers of Late Night Amp’n

    Here’s the rest. Not sure if attachments are better than in-line images. Let me know.
  25. Luthier Vandros

    1970’s Music Master Resto and Dangers of Late Night Amp’n

    Hey guys just whipped up this quick Resto for a customer. Tolex repair, complete rewire of grounding scheme and some tone circuit tweaks. Added a fuse holder…lol the irony of installing a fuse holder next to the UL STICKER is not lost on me. Amp is now dead quiet and rocks like Zepp. I’ll post...




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