Ampeg Portaflex Series PF-500 Amp Head
The cleans are robust, with great headroom and sparkling, snappy sounds that were designed with the Jazz player of the day in mind and tweaked for maximum fidelity. At full volume, the amp does push into smooth tube overdrive with some sizzle and roar, and the onboard effects are particularly noteworthy. Not to be outdone, the tremolo has a thick, choppy quality, and both effects are easily accessed via the included original footswitch. Not a solder joint is out of place and the original green Cornel Dubilier caps are all present in the preamp. The tube chart is also intact inside the cabinet. In terms of the tube compliment, the amp is outfitted with the original Sylvania-made and Ampeg-branded 6V6s along with ostensibly the entire original preamp tube compliment. Cosmetically, this amp is a real stunner with a faceplace so polished and clean that it made it difficult to capture the details of the original white silkscreened graphics which are completely intact along with the original set of knobs. The blue diamond checker covering is also exceptionally well kept and paired with the original silver sparkle grillcloth. Even the original leather handle is still in one piece! International orders will be declared as merchandise, and the value of merchandise will be declared as the amount paid.
Fender Twin (The Evil Twin)
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Find out all you need to know need to know about the best and most rare vintage guitars from the Sixties! Besides bigger brands such as Fender and Gibson, several smaller brands flourished in this decade, and names such as Airline, Supro, Teisco and Hagstrom are today very desirable.
This led me to my next topic. Wah pedals are enjoying a new resurgence, so I decided to write an article on them. I wrote a somewhat comprehensive article on Wahs for Vintage Guitar Magazine several years ago, and with Alan Greenwoods kind permission, we are reprinting that article here. This saved me reinventing the wheel. The idea for this article came about when I purchased a box of effects pedals from the owner of a music store which closed in the late seventies.
Most were new old stock Electro-Harmonix with a few other brands mixed in. I spent several hours deciding which I found useful and thought others might profit from the information. This is a totally subjective evaluation, and I’m sure my opinions wouldn’t be of value to a metal player or others of that ilk. I have searched diligently through the years for the Duane Allman, Dickey Betts type guitar sound.
The violin type sustain of a Les Paul has always inspired me, and I’ve played a Les Paul flame top for most of my guitar playing career. After playing through at least 50 different amps the last two years I arrived at the ever popular Fender Bassman.
The Ampeg PF Portaflex bass amplifier head weighs in at just 11 pounds in a compact form. Don’t let the small footprint fool you – this amp is all tone. Part of Ampeg’s famed Portaflex series, the PF offers up the deep, warm tones we all know and love. The built-in DI will let you plug directly into a mixer or recorder while delivering killer bass tone. And it’s a perfect match for the PF HE speaker cabinet, with dual 10″ Eminence woofers and pumping out remarkably deep low frequencies.
Ultra-compact size Flip-top cabinet design Ultra-compact size The Ampeg PF amp head packs a bunch of functionality into a compact amp design.
WARNING: Ampeg amplifiers, especially the high-powered amps such as the SVT and V-series, contain lethal voltages even when unplugged and turned off. Therefore, do not poke around in your old Ampeg if you are unfamiliar with amplifier electronics or their operation.
The source-date code on a pot is a 6 or 7 digit code impressed into the casing of the potentiometer. For speakers this code can be 5, 6, 7 or 8 digits long, and it’s ink-stamped or paint-stamped on the “bell housing” of the speaker. In either case, the code works the same. The first 3 digits on a pot, or the first 2, 3 or 4 digits on a speaker are the source or manufacturer code.
The remaining 3 or 4 digits are the date code. In 3 digit dates code, the 1st digit is the last digit of the year. On 4 digits date codes, the 1st and 2nd digits are the last two digits of the year. In either case, the remaining 2 digits are the week of manufacture 01 to With this in mind, remember if the last two digits of the source-date code are greater than 52, you’re not looking at the source-date code!
Also it’s worth mentioning: On 3 digit date codes, you have to “guess” the decade of the pot or speaker.
This information original was found on The Unofficial Ampeg Page http: I pulled this information from Google’s cache of the site. It has a note at the top of the page that they were reprinting with permission from the authors of Ampeg: If anyone feels this page should be taken down, please feel free to contact me.
Tube vs transistor amps. If you’re struggling with discovering a sweet tone, it’s time you get yourself a proper Fender tube amp. It doesn’t have to be a vintage amp, but is has to be a tube amp.
Still, the song that brings out the enthusiastic grin on most of us is of course Dogs. Dogs dates back to the middle of the Dark Side of the Moon tour. David wrote most of the music later stated that he was particularly proud of the chord progression. The earliest version even had a long choir part in the middle section, similar to what David and Richard used to do on the 4-piece live version of Atom. Throughout the tour Roger would rewrite the lyrics several times as David found it too hard to sing — there were just too many words Musician, August Sheep and Dogs revealed a heavier side of Pink Floyd.
Although the band never fully entered the prog rock scene they used elements in their compositions blending it with their deep roots in blues and jazz. There are two tracks paned to each side. On live performances the Telecaster had a Gibson PAF pickup in neck position that was later replaced with a Seymour Duncan custom Telecaster pickup for the Animals tour. This was also done on the live performances.
The Em would the sound like a Dm etc.
1960’s Vintage Guitars
Most of the time, I love it. However, I’ve encountered some problems with getting it to stay as clean as I want in certain applications, especially when a gig calls for some delicate ambient guitar work. I finally buckled down to do some major experimenting by using various combination of tubes, running through different cabinets, etc.
I can say I’m pretty close to getting the amp to it’s ideal spot, and have learned in the process that this amp is something like a Fender but with more “muscle”.
Dec 21, · Ampeg tone controls are great and they have such a wide range of adjustment they always hit the mark. They do have many different designs for the same amp such as the Reverbrocket 2 of the sixties. Many different power and preamp tubes were used.
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Ampeg SVT-5 Pro
Safety Warning – Read this first! Working inside a tube amplifier can be dangerous if you don’t know the basic safety practices for this kind of work. If you aren’t prepared to take the time to learn and apply the right precautions to keep yourself safe, don’t work on your own amp. You can seriously injure yourself or get yourself killed.
This section is not intended to be a complete guide to safety in tube equipment, just to hit the high points as refresher for those of you who have some experience.
Ampeg has produced some of the music industry’s most innovative amplification products including the first bass combo amp, the first guitar amp with reverb and the de facto stage bass amp, the SVT.
Computers cannot make good songs sound great. A vintage microphone with incredible Mojo cannot make a good song sound any better than good. A Producer with this level of expertise, can help transform a song from good to great, and bring your vision into sharper focus. This is exactly what the facility was built for: Clients may use this gear at no additional cost. Want to record using a real Wurlitzer or Vox instead of a simulation?
You can do that. Book yourself a session. It was a blast, and worked surprisingly well. But it can lead to a great vibe, and a great sound! Mixing When Orchid Studios current location was constructed in , it was conceived as more of an overdub studio than a mixing facility. However, increasingly clients loved hearing the sound of their recordings through our console and wanted to mix here as well.
The Artist -Producer relationship, when the chemistry is right, is a powerful enabler. The trust established and lessons learned continue long after.
Vintage Ampeg differences
Brand,Price,Category Clear All Refinements As long as the bass guitar has been a part of the music scene, bassists have been demanding a lot out of their amplifiers. That’s because they have to – the low-end tones of the bass need serious amplification to punch through the rest of the band and achieve the perfect impact on the audience. Enter Ampeg bass amplifiers. Dating back nearly half a century, Ampeg is one of the original builders of bass amps, pumping out amazing sound that’s had the competition playing catch-up throughout the decades.
The biggest milestone in Ampeg’s history was in
Common modifications for tube amps, especially suited for Traynor tube amps. I will not accept responsibility for any information that is displayed on this page.
The first Fender solidbody model, the Esquire , lasted in name only from June to October This model name was replaced by the “Broadcaster”, which lasted in name only from the October to January All Broadcasters have truss rods, where many Esquires often have no truss rod. In Gretsch had trademarked the name “BroadKaster” for a line of drums. After advertising the Broadcaster in music trade papers in February 20, , Gretsch took notice and sent Fender a telegram asking them to change their name.
Therefore Fender was forced to drop the name Broadcaster. Starting around February 22, , Fender cut the word “Broadcaster” off of their headstock decals. These models February to summer are known as “NoCasters”. Starting in the summer of , Fender adopted the name “Telecaster” for this model, and started using new decals after all the old clipped decals were used.
Decal attachment was the last assembly step, so NoCasters with a February neck date are seen. Note that the above dates are accurate for the Esquire, Broadcaster and Nocaster.
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The progress of this type of work is slow, hence the long hiatus, however, a lot of new data have been collected regarding Fender amplifiers, including production numbers. Advances have been made with regards to the production of tolex amps and it appears that much of this information can be applied to late s tweed amps as well. In addition, the dating-by-serial number tables have been revised and are more accurate. The bad news is that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done on the silverface amps.
Unfortunately, there is some sad news to report as well. Fellow Fender amp researcher, Greg Huntington, passed away June 5, after losing his battle with cancer.
Jun 21, · IMO, Ampeg makes the best best bass amp’s and I’ve used them all (Fender, SWR, Trace, Pevey, etc) but I’m not sure how good the Ampeg guitar amps are.
Jon October 31, Ampeg: It suddenly hits you. The thundering lows, full mids, and crisp highs. How is the bassist getting such superb tone? The company is known for their silky full tone that their amps produce. You might ask, and why is it everyone is always raving about the amps they manufacture.