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    I have owned dozens of amps in my life. I'm not picky, beyond the fact that I want amps to sound nice clean. If they can do that, I can do anything I want with pedals. I'm a hard rock guy - so, I've used it for many gigs like that. I do jazz gigs, but, I barely use an amp for those - I just go direct.

    As for mic'ing it. I focused on the main speaker for my rock gigs. Even if I used the reverb, it would be very minimal. I still use my Blues Jr. most of the time, and I have a Marshall 2210 100 Watter. I also have a few SS amps that do my bidding. Like I said, I only care about clean, so, that whole 'tubes breaking up' thing doesn't really play a big part in it. I had a Carvin Legacy that I liked a lot. After I sold that, I used the Guild more, but the Blues Jr. is my main amp I guess.

    As for guitars... Everything. I have 25.. Strats, LP's, Vee's and a few classic Ibanez's (Iceman/Destroyers, etc).

    I'm playing more acoustic now - like you - I just put my 2 Kramer Ferringtons through their motions... What I like about the amp is that it just looks classy - and it really does sound great. Like I said, I don't know what the 'stock' ones sound like. But, I LOVE the cabinet I built, and I LOVE that I had a pro (Pete Cage) go through it - with the schematic and an oscilliscope - and replace every cap and spotty component. While I used to have reservations about it just bursting into flames at a gig, now, I just think it's bulletproof... Here's a video of me using it... I don't think you can see it, but I know I used it because it was the day I sold my Carvin, and that's the only other amp I had in the car..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lbq3d5Yczg

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    All Fixed!!! For those of you interested in how beautiful this amp is... Look at the last 3 pictures...

    https://goo.gl/photos/vxb4E1qyQQnZhT6i8

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheChris View Post

    Other than that - even though I have the schematics -
    Thanks again.
    Hey TC!,
    What are the chances of obtaining a copy of the schematics?
    I'd be happy to pay you for your time, expenses and efforts
    I just brought a T1-12 home yesterday. Tag states:serial number 5920, 67 wattst
    Most likely the schematics won't apply to my new/used amp but, I think it will give me something of a reference to go with: should I ever need it.
    Thanks!!
    Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walking Man View Post
    Hey TC!,
    What are the chances of obtaining a copy of the schematics?
    I'd be happy to pay you for your time, expenses and efforts
    I just brought a T1-12 home yesterday. Tag states:serial number 5920, 67 wattst
    Most likely the schematics won't apply to my new/used amp but, I think it will give me something of a reference to go with: should I ever need it.
    Thanks!!
    Mike
    Mike, this will be closer for you. Guild had many variations in their amps, so there're always non-spec to be found, but this should be in the ballpark.
    http://www.prowessamplifiers.com/sch...ixed_bias.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walking Man View Post
    Hey TC!,
    What are the chances of obtaining a copy of the schematics?
    I'd be happy to pay you for your time, expenses and efforts
    I just brought a T1-12 home yesterday. Tag states:serial number 5920, 67 wattst
    Most likely the schematics won't apply to my new/used amp but, I think it will give me something of a reference to go with: should I ever need it.
    Thanks!!
    Mike
    I'd be happy to send them. I bought them years ago... I have them printed out on HUGE plotter paper, but, I've got to have a PDF somewhere... Shoot me your email.

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    All the known schematics are at prowess.
    "Steve, you are a man of many goats."~ capnjuan

    "Alternatively, you could just go the ultra-relic route with it. Basically go for a look that says the amp was on fire and they put it out using belt sanders."
    (amps - I need a "99" & "50")

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    Thanks Much, Chris!!
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    TC, PM'd you with my email address.
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    I just posted elsewhere this pic of my '61 A500 and a '68 Thunderbird - a fine clean combination for tone and power.

    As you see, I run a vocal mic in Channel 2, not much reverb. Works for me.
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    That model Guild was Mike Bloomfield's stage backup amp and the one that Bob Dylan used when he plugged in the tele for the first time. T-bird on far left.

    "Steve, you are a man of many goats."~ capnjuan

    "Alternatively, you could just go the ultra-relic route with it. Basically go for a look that says the amp was on fire and they put it out using belt sanders."
    (amps - I need a "99" & "50")

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