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  1. Paul G.

    Tired of my 5e3

    Some years ago I built a 5e3 clone. After trying to love it, trying some mods, I have decided it's just not for me. My plan is to turn it into a Blackvibe, a little snip snip on the chassis, a couple of holes, transformers, and a different speaker. Has anybody done this? Any pitfalls?
  2. Paul G.

    Looking for reasonably priced "Marshall in a box" type.

    Recommendations? Looking for JCM800 type sound.
  3. Paul G.

    I did a thing...PRS SE content.

    I had a guitar I never use, that was worth what I paid, so time to trade: I wanted an inexpensive guitar I could throw in the car for rehearsals, jams, etc., but it had to sound and play well. I had heard a lot of good things about the "Inspired by Gibson" Epiphone models, so down to the store...
  4. Paul G.

    My early guitar history -- 1963-1980

    First electric, Zen-On, purchased at EJ Korvette department store with matching amp for, I think $69. Made it into my first band with this setup. Next up, Supro Dual-tone on a rent-to-buy scheme from my guitar teacher. Mine was slightly different, it had 2 more tiny knobs for the contact mic...
  5. Paul G.

    Scarlett is done.

    Warmoth neck, Warmoth mahogany body, Fender "Original Vintage" pickups, Fishman PowerBridge with PowerChip. About 7-1/2 pounds (shoulder scale), sounds quite good. The Fishman adds versatility.
  6. Paul G.

    About wipe-on poly.

    I've got a mahogany body coming for a Tele project, but it's winter and my work area isn't heated. I don't want to spray nitro because it won't work in 55 degrees. I was thinking of filling the grain, then using a gloss wipe-on poly. Not looking for super glossy finish, more like Gibson's...
  7. Paul G.

    Now that I'm approaching 70, there's something I never worry about...

    ...running multiple amp setups. My days of stacks, piggybacks, multiple cabs, wet/dry and the ilk is over. Combo amp, maybe a pedal, or the smallest pedalboard possible is all I want or need. At 1:00 AM, everything weighs twice as much as it did 4 hours before. I'm not carrying anything I...
  8. Paul G.

    Ever have an amp that makes you rethink things?

    I would say I'm basically a Tele/Gibson guy, never really bonded with Strats although I sometimes use them. About 6 months ago I built an Allen Accomplice Jr. in a 1x12 format with 6L6 output. This amp changed my mind about Stratocasters. While it sounds fine with all guitars, it brings out...
  9. Paul G.

    Public Service Announcement

    The great classic amps were not built with old, worn-out, out-of-spec parts. If you want to know what that renowned amp you bought actually sounded like, make sure it is checked and serviced. Otherwise it's like looking at that 2,000 year old loaf of bread they found in Pompeii -- interesting...
  10. Paul G.

    Allen Accomplice Jr., dirty

    I am basically a clean (well, semi-clean) player and I don't generally use pedals. I occasionally host jams, and last week this guy shows up without an amp. I know him well, and know he pretty much wants some serious overdrive. I set the Allen with the volume all the way up, and the master...
  11. Paul G.

    Six amps are enough

    Six amps are enough, six amps are enough,six amps are enough,six amps are enough,six amps are enough,six amps are enough,six amps are enough,six amps are enough,six amps are enough,six amps are enough,six amps are enough,six amps are enough,six amps are enough,six amps are enough,six amps are...
  12. Paul G.

    Reverb Dwell

    I just built an Allen Accomplice Jr., which is one of the best sounding amps I've ever owned, except... ...the reverb was just too much. The level was fine but it just lingered too long. I was thinking of swapping out the 12 AX7 driver for a 12AT7 or 12AU7, but to do that right I'd need to...
  13. Paul G.

    Just finished this, I expected it to be good...

    But that's an understatement. Built it as 35W 6L6, although you can do 6V6s for 22W. Even with a new speaker it sounds glorious and the raw control is a very usable feature. Custom wound transformers, star grounding and quality components make it dead nuts quiet, even cranked with reverb dialed...
  14. Paul G.

    There is no D# in the key of Cm...

    ...nice lady sending me chord charts. Got some gigs coming up, adding lead guitar and vocals to a former duo, now wanting to go out as a trio. It shouldn't bother me, but it does. Cm is 3 flats -- Eb, Ab, Bb. The scale is C D Eb F G Ab Bb. Eb is right there. D#? Nope.
  15. Paul G.

    The thing about cars...

    So over the last couple of hundred years we went from solidly mounted axles and iron tires, to sophisticated pneumatic designs, perfected suspension systems which are supple and still offer control. High-tech stuff. So then guys buy a car, put 19 or 20" wheels with rubber bands for tires, slams...
  16. Paul G.

    Finished the Allen Acomplice Jr. Chassis today.

    Took my time. Found the outer foil on coupling caps. Mil spec type soldering on eyelet boards. Still, I'm shocked at how quiet this is. When I finally installed the power tubes and plugged in a speaker, I thought I screwed up somewhere because I couldn't hear anything at all. When I plugged in...
  17. Paul G.

    Public Service Notice:

    "Tone" and "Distortion" are not synonyms. Carry on.
  18. Paul G.

    Why reinvent the wheel?

    I've been in search of a small, lightweight yet powerful amp for gigging for a while. My bassman is just too heavy and loud, my 5E3 doesn't cut it in larger venues. Looking at different configurations and designs and decided... ...to order an Allen Accomplice Jr. 1x12 combo in kit form...
  19. Paul G.

    Is this a thing?

    I had a SF Fender in with noise problems, hiss & hum that made the amp almost unusable with the volume above 4. Checked and tested everything but couldn't track it down. Then I noticed that when my hand got near a control, there was some buzzing, as if there was no shielding and one of the...
  20. Paul G.

    Preamp filament wiring.

    I have always maintained the phase of filament wiring in the preamp, but I see Fender sometimes (?) would alternate. Is there an advantage or disadvantage to this? Generally my amps are quiet, as are most Fenders, so I'm just curious.
  21. Paul G.

    When I die...

    I hope one of my friends tells my wife what I really paid for all that...
  22. Paul G.

    Favorite Famous Guitars...Redux

    As a counterpoint, may I say that, with exceptions, the reason most "Favorite Famous Guitars" are famous because of who wielded them, and their place in music history. The bridge pickup in Nancy (Roy Buchanon's Tele) had a broken winding in the bridge pickup. When GC loaned Gibson Clapton's...
  23. Paul G.

    Took a (short) trip to the dark side.

    I'm thinking after this is all over, gigging might be a bit different for ancient geezer like me, so using my time to work out an acoustic solo thing. Low key, low impact, being old would be fine in a mellow environment and even short money isn't, if you don't have to split it. Thought maybe it...
  24. Paul G.

    NEW! IMPROVED! Now with more Toneola(R)!

    So, about a year and a half ago, Fender introduced the new American Professional series. They told us these were absolutely the best guitars they could make. Now, they've introduced the American Professional II series. They tell us thesse are better. How does that work, exactly? I'm having an...




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