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  • Spiral-bound: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; Har/Cdr edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879307676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879307677
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 10.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great illustrations and very clear instructions.
Book Maverick
If you already know how to build one and need schematics and would also like to know the history of amps and the parts, this is good book for that.
Astronaut Jones
They seem to be fairly reasonable quality, but some are hard to read.
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Christoph D. Cole on May 27, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
I've been fooling with tube guitar amps for decades. I more or less know what I am doing with them, and I've found most of the information that I want on line. But I thought it would be nice to have a book or two to consult when my wife or daughter was at the computer, when I was tinkering with an amp, or when I just didn't feel like sitting at a desk and looking at screen. Based on its appearance and description, I chose this book. Bad decision.

This book insulted me. I felt used and abused by the author, and that has perhaps tainted this review. I expected a comprehensive and useful guide. That is what this book should have been and what the format and price -and the use of "THE" in the title -- seemed to promise. Instead, I dropped $33 on a big, glossy advertisement for the author's "Groove Tube" tube-selling operation and, by extension, the manufacturers who buy tubes from him.

To make a happy customer, promise less and deliver more. This book went the other way.

Yes, some of the content is useful and interesting, written passages as well as photos. But the section describing amp brands and histories is rendered woefully incomplete as the author veers and swerves through it to make opportunities to refer to himself and his tubes and pimp for the manufacturers that buy from him. (Be wary of authors who never miss opportunities to tell you how important and knowledgeable they are. Quality of content should speak for itself.) Redundancies abound, further wasting the reader's time and valuable space that could have been used to at least mention other manufacturers or give some details about those that deserved more than a paragraph or two.
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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Keith Carlsen on May 7, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
Aspen Pittman, whom I have met and talked to at several industry conventions such as NAMM and AES, is not a highly technical individual: in fact I doubt he even understands basic electronics. His book is therefore a compilation of a lot of schematics and (on Fenders) parts layouts for guitar amplifiers, and a few articles written by various tech writers, some of which are of merit and some of which aren't.
The schematics are not very legible and many contain known errors. For this price, he could at least get that part right. I don't recommend this book unless you cannot find a needed schematic or layout anywhere else.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Astronaut Jones on July 22, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
I am building a 50 watt tube amp based off of Marshall & Fender designs; somewhat of a hybrid. I bought this for the schematics and such. The book is more of a history of tube amps, info on the parts/tubes & schematics, but it is not a DIY book. If you do not know what you are doing and you want to build your own amp, this book will not be a help. If you already know how to build one and need schematics and would also like to know the history of amps and the parts, this is good book for that. Also as stated in previous reviews, the schematics can be very hard to read, some are handwritten or bad copies, but with some work, can be read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt Beeson on September 14, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
I was looking for a good starter/primer on tube amps, and this book serves that purpose. It is, however, a running advertisement for Groove Tubes, which in itself, is not a bad thing, but can be a bit distracting or annoying at times. The author also points out the book's editorial shortcomings. I don't see why grammatical errors, for example, should not be corrected in revision rather than acknowledged. They do distract the flow of reading, and the contributions in this book (many excerpted from magazine articles) come from amp guys, not English majors, so flow can be a challenge at times regardless.

The book centers on descriptions of tube amp brands and famous models, giving greater detail on Fender, Marshall, and Vox than the rest. It also imparts some good information on basic signal flow, and gives a few tips on repair and nomenclature, though it is not, and I don't think is intended to be, a repair guide.

Overall, a decent book, a good starting point, and a worthwhile purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mondo49 on September 6, 2013
Format: Spiral-bound
Great book if you want to know some history of tube amps or get a list of GT products or schematics. As a technical companion, absolute waste of money. I much prefer Kevin O'Connor publications, much better bang for buck.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Retired Engineer on January 7, 2014
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I thought I was buying an engineering-oriented manual.
This is more like if your science & history museum made a documentary book about tube amplifiers.
The information is fascinating and much of it is from industry insiders you might be a fan of if you follow tube amplifier engineering.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Salvatore Gambino on June 21, 2014
Format: Spiral-bound
This book lacks in detail and doesn't deliver it only looks good on the shelf. DO NOT BUY THIS ON LOOKS ALONE. I bought my copy at a yard sale and felt I should leave feedback about it in case someone was looking to buy a book about amps. Dave Funks book... .so much better. Here is the link to buy Dave Funk's workbook here on Amazon Dave Funk's Tube Amp Workbook: Complete Guide to Vintage Tube Amplifiers Volume 1 - Fender
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on April 3, 2014
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This is a good book, I would recommend Gerald Weber and Dave Hunters books over this one. I would still recommend this book. But I would buy the other two first.
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