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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Big_Bend, May 30, 2013.
I've just swapped from white back to red for more of a vintage tone. The white was too ice picky.
I can't believe I just read five pages about jewel lights.
Only four... and the fourth wasn't quite full.
I bought a purple one and it turned out pink. Really coloured my sound.
Ampeg Jet, the most perfect amp, has a green jewel
Therefore, green must be the most perfect jewel light color
Why wouldn't you replace the stock jewel light with a strobe light if you're playing psychedelic rock. Hell, hook up to a tremolo circuit to regulate the speed of the strobe!
I tried the white one but there was background noise using that... So I got an antique Tiffany one and it colors my sound with a blend old grandeur that deflects my sound in true 3-D, 5 color surround sound. And the lead in it gives my tone a very high octane rating.. I think it is illegal, though... Please don't report me.
The red jewel light had a big cult following in Logan's Run......
Don't leave home without it......
I recently ordered a kit to build my own vintage jewel lamp. I got most of the parts from the one supplier, but the kit was a la carte. I chose built in the USA chrome. British hardened threads, and boro-silicate glass, diamond cut in Belgium. There are several types of diamond type cuts. I learned that Jimi Hendrix's '68 Marshall had the oval cut. It's the one I ordered. The chrome is show quality and cost me a bit more but well worth it I think. British threads are known to have a certain holding quality that requires a slightly different torque when installing. It's hard to describe, but when you install it, you'll know you've got the British threads. They really add to the overall feel of the amp.
Lastly I found a NOS RCA incandescent bulb. A guy in Torreon Mexico has a case of them in his basement. I got it on Ebay for $75, was such a good deal I bought a spare. Today's voltage is high for these bulbs, so I also got a vintage variac that I run just for the bulb. Instead of the 6.2V seen today, I can get it down to 5.8V. It amazing what a difference that makes to the reflection of the jewel on the ceiling. Most of all, the best thing about this jewel kit is the wire it comes with, is NOS vintage cloth push back wire, with solid core silver wire. The grand total was decent even though I had to get parts from several different suppliers. The freight adds up quick. I can't wait for it all too arrive over the next few days. I don't have a soldering iron but I was thinking I'd use a propane torch. It should work. I'll post sound clips with photos and video on Utube once I get it all in. Can't wait!!!!
But.......what color is it? Clear glass?
I forget. With all that other important stuff I forgot what color I ordered.
Hate to see you waste all that money if it's the wrong color
You need an amp with a set of traffic light lights...
Chartreuse will get you this tone!!
Im very disappointed to see no one has mentioned you NEED to remove the damn bright caps to really open your jewel lamps up.
I tie-dyed mine, now I can play all styles of music. I put a lock washer on so no one can steal my licks.
Isn't it obvious? For the most organic tone, you need a wood jewel light. I'm using bubinga.
dude WOAH! That amplifier is correctly named...