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Amp With No Knobs?

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by The Ballzz, Jan 19, 2021.

  1. Peegoo

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    It's basically the concept behind a power amp.

    I built a Champ-style amp as an experiment about 20 years ago that had a fuse and an on-off switch because of the widely-held belief that fewer components in the circuit = better sound.

    I don't know if that's always true, but it satisfied my curiosity. I ended up adding a volume control.
     
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  2. Mongo Park

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    Well despite some contrary opinions it your amp b up led it how you want. I see value in putting in a little as possible in the way of the signal path. Pure unadulterated tone is something to strive for.
    I like the vol/tone knob but hardly use the tone I think for me I could go with a volume knob and get rid of the knobs on the guitar, I never use them
    Go for it for sure. I assume it is not going to be. 100 watts, SE would be a good choice
     
  3. 3-Chord-Genius

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    I'd need a new amp every other day, though.
     
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  4. dougstrum

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    Keep the knobs;) My amps are simple vol/tone, but it's good to be able to tweak things. I always need to make some adjustment for a particular venue or guitar being used.
    It could be done but I would certainly miss having some controls:cool:
     
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    Anybody remember the Epiphone "Professional" from the early '60s? A "knobless" amp with all of the controls on the guitar:

     
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    I've seen pics of one or two from around the same era. They exist, but are not common.
     
  7. telemnemonics

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    Hahahahahaha well many of us set all our clocks ahead to fool ourselves into arriving at appts on time.
    I could never get that approach, either apply discipline, or live with the consequences of the lack of discipline!

    When the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of change, we will change.
    Many make public complaints about change being impossible.
    Change is hard, but those who give up and whine are just trying to surround themselves with others who give up, because there's comfort in numbers when it comes to self administered misery.

    Not that I'm free of obsessive compulsive rut digging, but damn, I'm not putting energy into furnishing my ruts to make them more comfy!
     
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  8. telemnemonics

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    If I play the same guitar in the same room into the same amp, I can go a solid month without changing the amp settings.

    Even just moving where I am in the room though requires some amp adjustment, so I have to nail a chair to the floor and hide all my guitar straps to make that setting keep working that long.
     
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    Why clutter things up with an on/off switch? Why not hard-wire the power cord with Romex and take it to your electrical panel so you can turn it on and off with a circuit breaker?
     
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    Power amps are usually used with preamps.
     
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    Whatever. Just use the building's circuit breaker to turn it on and off. B May's amp had his settings built in -- that's not the same thing as not needing and never using them.
     
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    Sounds like some of the members of this forum, knobs or not.
     
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    Poe's Law in full effect, I can't tell if this is an actual product or a cheeky photoshop.
     
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    Now, there's the intended spirit! :D
    Just Sayin'
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  15. telemnemonics

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    Just an old guy who knows his lawn...
     
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    So many folks don't use the volume and tone controls on the guitar. The reason they are there in the first place is those original electric guitar amps had no controls - the OP is just suggesting something that was around at the beginning and fell into disfavor. I say go for it - using the trimmer pots.
     
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    I wouldn't want it. I like a few options. Don't build one for me. I'm pretty sure that that wasn't your plan. :)

    If you want it, it would be 'reasonably easy'.
     
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    How did you turn it OFF??;)
     
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    Some of the earliest K&F amps were knobless, and I think Gibson and Rickenbacker may have tried it too back in the 1930s.
     
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