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Design and Construction of Tube Guitar Amplifiers Paperback – September 1, 2009
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With that background I have to say this book is incredible. While no book will satisfy every reader, and every book will have some who think its too elementary and some who think its too advanced, I think this book has something for every level to learn.
If you are a newbie I recommend it for the first section on basic electronics, the last section that has a short overview of actual building, and the great "start up testing" guide, which is a must read for all beginners. The main section of the book which goes in excellent detail about the workings and design of each part of a guitar amp, just blew me away. For the beginner this may be info overload, but you will still start to understand what each section does, and why that resister is over there. As you build more amps over the years, this will be a book you then "rediscover" as your knowledge base grows.
For the more advanced builder, you will find the last section on construction a bit elementary and uninformative, but it wont matter because the design section will have already blown you away. Its all there in plain English and some easy math; no over opinionated speeches, no vague handwritten diagrams, no bogus untested circuits. The author is giving you real, true information that you can use, written in a professional manner, rather than just trying to impress you with "cocktail talk" that has no relevancy.Read more ›
I'll be using two books from now on for design and construction. This will be first on the list. Esp since it includes tube data as well. I couldn't be more pleased.
Anyway, I have recently acquired a 1939 RCA/Victor amplifier that is (unfortunately) not repairable without replacing most of the original circuitry... so, I purchased this book with the intention of using it to help design the perfect amplifier for me by allowing me to re-purpose every part that I can from that amplifier. I found this book to be perfect for me as a beginner and was pleasantly surprised to find that it literally described the exact front-end circuit that I have always wanted in a tube amplifier; a preamp section with a switchable overdrive! That schematic alone was worth the price of the book to me.
I have a good friend that is a very knowledgeable amp technician and I have had to clarify a few things about this technology that I didn't find in the book, so it won't teach you everything - but it certainly does answer most of a beginners questions.
This is a great book. Definitely worth the money.
The 149-page book consists of 4 chapters, 2 Appendices and Bibliography. Chapter 1 titled Electronic Fundamentals deals with many aspects of voltage, current, Ohms Law, capacitance, inductance, transformers, Tubes (Valves), AC and DC, distortion etc. Chapter 2 deals with Basic Amplifier Design including Input and Output stages, triodes, pentodes, push-pull circuits etc. Chapter 3 deals with Effects such as distortion, overdrive, reverb loops while Chapter 4 goes into Amp construction, testing and troubleshooting.
There are many diagrams to illustrate the text including basic valve circuits, tube characteristic figures including example calculations. The Appendices list sources for components and tube data.
This background for me provided a good grounding in working with the Amp modelling package Revalver MkIII to get to understand the circuits that produced the famous British barking amplifier sound of the Shadows and the early Beatles. A second book also available at Amazon by Gerald Weber "Tube Guitar Amplifier Essentials" is a good companion to Megantz's book, that fills the practical gap with tips and tricks about how different parts of a amp's circuit affect the guitar sound quality - both are recommended if you dabble or intend to dabble in either real tube amps or those of the modelling kind.
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Great book. Particularly a great balance of theory and practice. Going into this book I had good share of electronics knowledge but knew nothing significant about vacuum tubes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Killian Emory
This is great book if you are new to amp speak. You may need your math skills too. So Bring them along too. Not a hobbyist book !Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good, but most of the stuff is a general electronic overview, kinda basic. The three star rating is only because the do not discuss specific amps.Published 4 months ago by Victor Hugo
Great book on design that is within the average persons math skills. Many great discussions within this book including Load lines. Read morePublished 6 months ago by swingarm
This book is Not for the beginner .It does give a lot of basic information ,how tubes work good stuff but .Do you need to know all of this ? Read morePublished 11 months ago by charles
Pretty dry reading but it is technical stuff. I don't expect to be entertained reading technical information. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gunner Hellstorm