Over on the QRP HomeBuilder – QRPHB blog, a home-built guitar amplifier:
This Fall, I built the first of 2 planned practice amps. Inspired by simple 1950’s tube guitar amps I too kept it simple. In those Golden-era amplifiers, you plug the guitar in 1 jack, the speaker in the other and hit the switch. Modern solid state guitar amplifiers with effect loops, frequency compensating gain control stages and features galore may just complicate things in the guitar – amp – player interface.
My goal = make a low noise jazz / clean guitar amp as opposed to a low distortion, high-fidelity practice amplifier. I remember having to turn the volume pot on my Stratocaster to 0 between songs in my Marshall 50 – 100 Watt amp days of lore. The amp sounded great, but was super noisy unless the rest of the band was playing loudly to drown the amp noise out.
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