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Modding a console amp for guitar use [message #27473] Wed, 19 September 2007 10:23 Go to next message
colinhester  is currently offline colinhester
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I have a couple of 6V6 tube amps that I pulled from old consoles. Is it possible to mod them to work as guitar amps? I need another project like I need a hole in the head, but....... At the very least they are going to need a recap, but what else should be done?......C

Re: Modding a console amp for guitar use [message #27474 is a reply to message #27473 ] Wed, 19 September 2007 13:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Wayne Parham  is currently offline Wayne Parham
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Put a 1/4" jack on the input and a guitar speaker on the output. I'll bet it will sound pretty cool, escecially for acoustic or "pure sound" guitars like the early Gibson models of the Les Paul.


Thanks [message #27475 is a reply to message #27474 ] Wed, 19 September 2007 20:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
colinhester  is currently offline colinhester
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That's great news. I was really wondering if the amp would be worth restoring. Thanks, Colin



Gotta love eBay [message #27482 is a reply to message #27474 ] Fri, 28 September 2007 18:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
colinhester  is currently offline colinhester
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Just received the original (not photocopy) schematic for the amp. It's a Philco F-1700 and has a pretty open chassis. I've never recaped before; it looks like I've picked a good one to start with.....C

Re: Gotta love eBay [message #27483 is a reply to message #27482 ] Mon, 01 October 2007 08:46 Go to previous message
Wayne Parham  is currently offline Wayne Parham
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It's amazing what you can find on that place. Some things you would never expect to find again pop up there.

I think you're right to replace all the capacitors. That's the first thing I always do when I restore old tube radios. Sometimes it's all that's required to get the electronics back to 100% working order.


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