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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by gilded View Post

    I may even figure out how to take some pics for you guys!
    See my post in the “Misc.” forum.
    Chris
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    '56 A-50, '57 CE-100, '60 X-150, '61 M-20, '62 F-20, '64 S-50 Jetstar, '64 Mark II, '65 SFIV, '71 S-90, '75 F-112, '75 Mark IVp, '81 M-80,
    '82 S-275, '86 T-250, '88 Detonator, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, '16 NS S-200 Thunderbird
    '54 Masteramp, '60 99j, '63 200-S, '66 Thunderbass, '69 Thunderstar, '92 G-500
    Acorn House
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    Hey Gilded,
    You don't even want to see my basement! My wife is furious with me for all the music equipment down there.
    Just in the Guild amp line...20T, '65 and '67 T1 RVT, 3- '66 Thunderbirds, '68 Thunderbird, '68 Superbird, '69 Thunderbird, 2-'69 Superstars, '69 Thunderstar, '70 Maverick, '68 Thunderbass, '69 Thunderstar Bass, '69 Quantum Bass, 2- Thunderstar Bass cabs (w/JBL's), 1- Thunderstar Bass cab modified for 4-10's and a 2-12 Thunderbass Cab!
    Don't even get me started on the Kustom amps! 😂
    M

  3. #23
    matsickma,

    I only have 5 other tube amps to keep the Guild Combos company:

    a '75-6 Ampeg V4b bass head (with two 1970-'80 era Ampeg B-40 4x10 bass cabs),

    a '90s Vox AC30 Top Boost (retro-modded back to the 1965 schematic & specs),

    a '67-8 SF Princeton Rev,

    a '67 BF Pro Reverb and

    a '79 SF Deluxe Reverb (modded back to early Black Face voltage and specs).


    Good Amp/Guitar combinations:

    My '00 Bluesbird has the Seymour Duncan pickups and is a very versatile guitar. I use it with the Princeton Rev a lot, as in one set with the Guild 'bird and one set with an Ash-bodied Strat with Vintage plus pickups.

    I have a '72 ES-335 that sounds good with the Princeton and the Deluxe. The guitar feeds back easily, albeit in a very controllable way. At low volume, that translates into a very lively and responsive guitar when matched with the small Fender amps.

    I have a 'loaner' X170T with TV Jones Classic pickups that sounds good with everything, too!

    The Ampeg bass amp sounds good with every bass I've played through it; Ken Smith 5 string bass, MIJ Fender Mustang bass, my personal '66 Starfire I bass and a MIM Fender Jazz.

    I haven't used the Vox AC30TB much lately, although I should. I had new transformers made for it about 10 years ago by a small company in Dallas that used to make a lot of boutique-amp 'Iron'. The voltage was increased in the new Power Trannie, and then a great tech/amp builder in Austin did a lot of small things to change the amp back to '65 spec. Fawn-colored tolex, Celestion Blues, cool trem, all in all a great amp. Hey, will one of you younger guys please come down to Texas when I have my next gig and carry the durn thing for me? Please? I'll let you play two songs in the 3rd set! :)

    I haven't owned the '67 Pro Rev long enough to gig/rehearse with it, so I don't have an opinion about what guitar(s) will work with it. I bought it from a friend who played almost all of his gigs with it for 40 years; maybe 2,000 gigs! He blew up the Output Trannie in '97 and had a SF Bassman OT installed. When you look inside, you can kind of see where different repairmen over the years did different things to it; one guy installed a solid-state rectifier, another replaced the OT, yet another tortured the amp with a hot solder gun, etc.

    Right now, it's 'over-filtered', plus it needs a cap job. Somebody pulled four of the Ajax blue-molded tone caps off of the turret board and put in Illinois Central tone caps. A friend gave me some original Ajax caps, so we're going to get it back as close as we can to '1967 stock', then listen to it and see if we like it. My amp repair guy actually has two '67 Pro Reverbs, so we'll be able to compare mine and his. I may keep the more powerful Output Transformer in the amp, or I may change it back, we'll see!

    No Kustom amps, though :)
    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post

    And I like Harry's approach.
    '66 Starfire I SB bass, '67 Mark IV pear wood, '75 Mark 4 P padauk, '00 Bluesbird black,
    '66 Thunderbird amp, '68 Thunder 1 RVT amp, '70 Superstar Combo

  4. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by gilded View Post
    I hope so. It's pretty stupendous, though I did hear a small amount of noise when I played the A note on the low E string that I need to rule out as a speaker issue. I'm gonna take it to a speaker shop and have it checked out. I have a couple of other 15" speaks, but I don't think I can conceive of this amp with any other speaker right now.

    A friend played a really strong-sounding Ibanez string-thru hum-bucker guitar with it and the combination of that speaker and that guitar was remarkable.

    Sorry I don't have any pics. Thank you, Photobucket.


    Hello from Finland

    Among my other duties I also fix and recone speakers. Source of a "small amount of noise" in a combo amp could be any loose part anywhere in the cabin - as you surely are aware of. If you have ruled out other possibilities and pinpointed it to speaker, here´s what you can do before bringing it to local speaker shop. Pull the speaker out. If you have any regular pa-amp, connect it into that. Then you need oscillator - preferably one that goes down to 10Hz - mine goes down to 2Hz - continuously variable.

    Put the speaker on workbench - floor etc facing up - or hang it from ceiling. If there is a vent hole in back of magnet, it must remain free. Now feed it with low frequency signal. Watch out the cone movement. Do not exeed the limits - +/- 3mm or +/- 1/8inch will do for most speakers. Zoom the frequency to round 220Hz - low A on guitar - and listen if you can find the side noise. If it is a crack in the surround part, it will make very distinct sound once you hit the right frequency.

    Pumping air below audible frequencies is also good practice, while the audio is not covering small rubbing issues etc. So go down to as low you can and - watch the cone movement - listen, if the voice coil is rubbing or surround or center spider are producing noise.

    Sometimes the frame is slightly twisted - i.e. the amp got bumped hard. Then in some cases turning the speaker 180 degrees will flip the magnet weight to help.

    Cracks on cone and surround are easy to glue with white paper glue - simply rub the glue wit your finger so it goes inside the crack - usually no extra support pieces are needed.

    If the cone or spider is coming off the frame, then any contact glue is fine.

    Hope this helps.
    First good guitar - GUILD Duane Eddy 400 - I was 3rd owner - used to have Artist Award and Starfire
    Present guitars - F50R 1975 - F512 1977 - F212CSB 1979 - all bought new - B30SB fretless and RED Songbird bought secondhand - Schecter Startocaster - Gibson 3/4-size acoustic 1957 - Carmelo Gonzales nylon string - old Levin Lute

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    Thats a excellent assembly of Fender, Vox and Ampeg amps to off set the Guilds. If I recall correctly the small Ampeg combo's for guitar use the 7591A power tubes of the early Thunderbird and Maverick.

    Haha...my Kustom amps are mostly the newer tube amp variety but I do have a few old solid-state heads. I really like the sound of the old Kustom tuck-n-roll cabinets...heavy mothers and solidly built with quality parts. The amps I have been playing quite a lot of these days us a Bogner Alchemist head with a Kustom tuck-n-roll 4-12 cab with CTS speakers and an Bogner 2-12 cab with Celestion gold speakers. The Bogner Alchemist is a very versatile amp and can achieve a wide range of tone.

    Starting to organize the gear. Will soon select the "keeper" gear and will begin to sell or trade the balance.
    Sure wish I had thus gear when I was young!
    M

  6. #26
    A friend of mine named Scott used a Kustom bass amp in the '70s. He always, always had trouble with it.

    So, cut to the Battle of the Bands at Scott's high school. His Kustom bass amp caught on fire in the middle of it and began to leak smoke on the bandstand. He was so exasperated that he ripped the bass head off of the cab and smashed it on the floor, again and again, as it smoked away. The kids thought it was part of the act and his band won the contest.

    Go Kustom!
    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post

    And I like Harry's approach.
    '66 Starfire I SB bass, '67 Mark IV pear wood, '75 Mark 4 P padauk, '00 Bluesbird black,
    '66 Thunderbird amp, '68 Thunder 1 RVT amp, '70 Superstar Combo

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    Thats outrageous! They would have gotten my vote!😄

  8. #28
    Nuuska,

    I didn't see your post until just now. Very interesting, thanks so much!

    Harry
    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post

    And I like Harry's approach.
    '66 Starfire I SB bass, '67 Mark IV pear wood, '75 Mark 4 P padauk, '00 Bluesbird black,
    '66 Thunderbird amp, '68 Thunder 1 RVT amp, '70 Superstar Combo

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