My latest project is this Sound City PA 120R which had a solid state preamp and a tube power amp section. It was a good platform with it’s big transfromers and room for a lot of controls and functions on the big front panel. It has now become a four channel amp, all tube of course with a footswitchable gain boost (extra tube stage) for each channel and dual footswitchable master volumes. So it has eight footswitchable sounds which can all get a volume boost for solos. Other features are tube buffered effects loop and bias potentiometers and test point jacks for each of the six EL34’s on the back panel.
Here it is in original shape:
Here you can see the guts of the amp before I did my work in it:
I took out all parts except for the good old transformers and the tube sockets + impedance and voltage switches:
Making turret boards:
All cables attached to the turret boards:
Turret boards populated with components which makes it a totally different amp:
Preparing the amp to receive the turret boards:
And attaching all the cables where they are supose to be:
And here we have the finished result:Controls for each of the four channels: gain, three way mid boost switch, bass, middle, treble and volume + a footswitchable gain boost.
Controls for the power amp: dual footswitchable master volumes, presence and punch both with a three way range switch to match the amp to different cabinets.
Turret boards filled with NOS Mustard Capacitors and Iskra resistors along with some new components.
Installing the new circuits in the amp.
Here’s the finished result:
It has two channels with gain, volume, treble, middle, bass and a three way gain structure switch. Channel 2 also has a tightness control and a growl control. The controls for the power amp is master volume, presence, punch and deep.
My latest project is this Selmer PA 100! It will be a three channel amp with a footswitchable gain boost that kicks in an extra gain stage on each channel. It will have a tube buffered loop and a lot of voicing options and as always it will be built point to point using NOS mustard caps and Iskra resistors
Giving a new finish to the front panel. Cleaning it from the old board and make room for new ones.
Renovating the old switches.
New turret boards are done.
Installing new potentiometers and switches.
The boards are ready to be installed!Just need to remember where all the houndred cables are suposed to go
Here is the finished result:
Here are some clips:
First test of the amp using my Hagström Swede.
Showing some metal sounds. Guitar straight into the amp, nothing in the loop.
Overall demo of the amp using my Greco EGF-1000. I’m running a TC G-major 2 in the loop for some delays. The cab is a Malmberg 4×12 with Celestion Greenbacks
I’ve installed a tube buffered loop and modified this Marshall JCM 800 1959. It’s a smaller mod since the main PCB is still there and the power amp is almost untouched, but the change in tone, gain, dynamic response and feeling is huge!
Before mod. You can see that someone has installed a master volume, and it has been modded with an extra preamp tube at some point before but is restored to stock.
After mod. Effects loop installed and the preamp is changed pretty much along with some minor changes in the power amp and the power supply. I’m using shielded cable for the signal to avoid hiss and noise.
I’m playing a Greco EGF 1000 with Seymour duncan JB + 59 straight into the amp and running a G major II in the loop for some delays. The cab is a Malmberg 4×12 with old Celestion Greenbacks.
I got this Peavey VTM 120 on my bench. It failed during a concert and started to smoke. I opened it up and found burnt plastic thatwas caused by a shorting electrolytic cap. I changed the burnt resistor, the power tubes and all the electrolytic caps in the power supply and now it’s up and running again!
Me and a good friend of mine were both looking for a good ribbon mic for guitar, so we decided to do a ribbon mic shootout. We lent a couple of mics and got started.
We recorded a backround track with drums and bass first. Then I recorded a guitar track that we re-amped through my amp and mic’d it with different ribbon mics at the exact same spot, about 15 cm (6″) from the grill cloth on my Malmberg cab. You can listen to the guitar track for each mic or in a mix with drums and bass.
I played through this amp which is my modded Laney PA 100, running a TC G-major in the loop and through my Malmberg cab with old Celestion Greenbacks.
Used this Greco EGF-1000 with Seymour Duncan JB and 59.
Here is the monster bass amplifier!
Recording drums and bass.
Arty-1 by Arthur Fisher
Golden Age R1 MkII
Golden Age R1 MkIII Active
Golden Age R1 Tube Active
Golden Age R2
Reference mic: Shure sm57
A big thanks to:
Erik Nerback who helpt with the recording and mix.
Johan Nordin who lent us Coles 4038 and Beyer M160.
Now I have emptied the amp from the old circuit boards and made room for new circuits.This amp will be built on turret boards!
Here are the turret boards filled with new components. I’ve come up with some new ideas to get more growl out of the distortion and still make it insanely tight.
And here is the finished result:
It’s a two channel amp with a tube buffered effects loop. Channel one is a crispy clean channel with shimmering highs, channel two is a super tight heavy distortion channel with a lot of growl and punch!