1969 Martin D-35S Review

by admin on January 12, 2011

Mike reviews the martin D-35S and explains how it got its name.


Mike describes the difference between two similar Martin guitars from the 1970’s, both of these guitars are made of rosewood which came from two different regions of the globe.

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1975 Martin D-28 Review

by admin on January 10, 2011

Mike plays and reviews a Martin D-28 guitar from the 1970’s.


Early 1950’s Fender Champ Amp

by admin on December 16, 2010

Introduced in 1948, this was originally called the Champion 600 (6-inch speaker). Over time, the Champion model name became Champ. This was also called a TV Front as the front cutout was similar to TVs of the time. And for a nearly 60-year-old amp, it still cranks out the tone.


Vintage Late 1950’s Fender Amp

by admin on December 15, 2010

Jack and Neil are over at Guitar Showcase looking at a late model vintage Fender Amp.


Stevie Ray Vaughn Model #1 Reissue

by admin on December 14, 2010

This guitar is an exact replica of the guitar Stevie Ray played just prior to his
passing. The guitar was built by the Fender Custom Shop who made high
art out of cloning. The Custom Shop got permission from Jimmy Vaughn to
disassemble, weigh, and photograph each part in all its detail. With an exact relic
finish, the guitar is authentic right down to the cigarette burn on the headstock.


Eric Clapton’s Vintage Fender Blackie Reissue

by admin on December 13, 2010

If you are a guitar aficionado, you only need one word to recognize this guitar – Blackie. For years, this was the guitar that Eric Clapton toured with. Amazingly, it’s not a particular vintage – this is known as a “parts” guitar. It has a neck from one place, body from somewhere else, pickups, bridge, tuners… well you get the picture. Truly a whole that is much greater than the sum of the parts.Interestingly when he did the “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” album, he didn’t play through a Marshall stack – he played thru a 5 watt Fender Champ Amp.


Fender 1957 Stratocaster

by admin on December 10, 2010

Neil and Jack show you a Fender 1957 Stratocaster that used to belong to Ross Valerie of Journey


Val King On A Fender Tweed Champ Amp

by admin on December 7, 2010

Val King: Hey, how are you doing? Val King, again, here at King Amplification. Today we’ve got a beautiful Fender Tweed Champ. This is a 5E1 circuit. This is the first Champ circuit. These were built from ’55 to ’56. By the serial number, this looks to be one of the early ones. After this, they went to the 5F1 circuit, which they built ’56 to ’64. And late ’64, mid part of ’64, they started putting the black tolex on them.

Again, this is the earlier one. This one came in. It was in pretty rough shape, and needed the typical work you’ll find on an amp this old. We got a good quality grounded power cord on there. Let me get that tucked in here.

I put a new power cord on it. Cleaned up all the dirt and debris out of it. Got all of the sockets cleaned and retensioned, cleaned the tensiometer. The filter capacitors also needed replacing. Typically, on this circuit, the filter capacitors are 8-microfarads, and we went with a 16-microfarad value. Beef-up the filtering, get a little bit better, improved low-end response and, of course, less hum.

At the same time, we changed the cathode bypass cap on both the first step preamp tube and also on the power tube cathode, as well. This is a clean little amplifier and will continue to give years and years of performance.

The Fender Champ is a single-ended, low-wattage amplifier, about six watts. Really considered a practice amp, of course, guys use these for recording and, in some cases, gigging. If you want to mike it, you can get some great tones out of these little amps. This is a good example of an amp that will give both preamp and power tube distortion at lower volumes.

A single-ended amp tends to be a Class A Style Amp. Certainly, more of a glassy, “tubey” sound, with a single-ended architecture. Certainly, a favorite amongst any tone freaks or collectors is the lower 6-watt Champs.

We also have kits available if you’re interested in building a Champ. We have an exact reproduction kit that we can build it exactly like the vintage ones were. The circuit is identical. For the most part, all the components are identical, as well, and certainly a way to get an affordable vintage amp.

Man: What would one of these go for?

Val: For a vintage amp like this, you’re probably looking somewhere between $1, 000 and $1, 200. To build a kit, you’re probably looking at less than $1, 000.


Val King On A Leslie 122 Power Amp Part 2

by admin on December 6, 2010

Val King continues a project on a Leslie 122 Power Amplifier.