As early as 1910, companies such act the Automatic Electric Company and Magnavox were manufacturing public address systems using technology developed for use in the telephone and radio industries. Broadcast radio first hit the airwaves in 1919, bolstered by improvements in vacuum tubes. This fit hand-in-glove with the rise of Hawaiian guitar styles, Western … Continue reading In the beginning…
I began selling The People’s Amplifier about a decade ago. During that time, there have been three different head cabinet designs, more than a few website redesigns, a couple of minor changes to the circuit components, and several hard lessons learned about marketing and the changing landscape of internet presence and social media. Something that … Continue reading Order Now! No Waiting List!
The day I was born, Jimi Hendrix played a gig at the Fillmore East with Buddy Miles and Billy Cox. This would later be released as a live album called “Band of Gypsys.” He was using a pair of Marshall 1959 Super Lead 100 watt tube amps. This amp might be THE iconic rock amp. … Continue reading Are Tube Amps Still Relevant?
I’m on an ongoing mission to demystify some of the voodoo that surrounds discussions of tube guitar amps. Here at The People’s Amp, we’ve always been about keeping things simple, not buying into wacky ideas about specialty components, and maintaining transparency about what goes on inside a tube guitar amplifier. It’s interesting, as many … Continue reading Do You Know What You Want?
Not really fishing, per se. This weekend sees me at the amazing Dublin Irish Festival, and I’ll be busy playing Irish music and hanging out with all of my Irish music buddies all weekend. I’ll be back to the posting next week, promise! In the meantime, if you’ve got any ideas or questions that I … Continue reading See you next week…
The People’s Amp, just like any tube guitar amplifier, should be treated properly and maintained so that it functions just the way you need it to. With just a little bit of love, your People’s Amplifier should be able to pump out great sound for as long as you need it to. The very … Continue reading Care and Feeding of Your Tube Amplifier
Continued from last week’s episode of TubeTalk… I built another amp based on Ace’s design, but I was much smarter about the layout of the chassis. I also simplified the circuit to ditch the presence and bass-boost controls. I used this amp to experiment with, and switched out a bunch of different components to see … Continue reading The People’s Amp Story, Part II