Books & DVDs
The Ultimate Tone, Volume 4, Advanced Methods for Amp Design
by Kevin O'ConnorOutlines, in schematic form, many approaches that achieve the goal of power scaling, super scaling and power management. A complete history and discourse on the technology outlines how to implement multiple power scale controls, alternative circuit forms and system impacts. Further tutorials outline the methods for super scaling, with both fixed and variable boost ratios, using both solid-state and tube methods.
The Ultimate Tone, Volume 1, Modifying & Building Tube Amps
by Kevin O'ConnorThis is the book that jump-started the boutique tube guitar amp business. Learn the truth about tube preamp design and modification; see how tube power amps work and can be made more reliable; see how reverbs and effects loops work and better ways to configure them; learn why some amp brands are easier to service and to mod than others; see how simple switching circuits are but how capable they can be. Tube data for the common types used in guitar and bass amps is provided, along with a discussion of stage set-up and player ergonomics. Spiral bound, 395 figures. 368 pages, 2.5 lbs, 8.5" x 11"
The Ultimate Tone, Volume 3, Generations of Tone
by Kevin O'ConnorHave you ever wondered if there is a better way to build a Bassman, Champ, Plexi, an 800, AC-30, Bulldog or Portaflex? Or you wanted to build an SVT with off-the-shelf parts? How about a master-volume amp that doesn't change tone with the master setting? Everything you need to know is right here, including: proper grounding techniques, wiring methods, and mechanical considerations. Eighteen chapters cover the "iconic" amps everyone knows and loves, with schematics and layouts for each, along with the technical history of the product.
The Ultimate Tone, Volume 5, Tone Capture
by Kevin O'ConnorEvery part of your system contributes to your Ultimate Tone, so every part is important. The Ultimate Tone, Volume 5 delineates, in clear language, the function of each electronic component in a circuit, and how alterations to the value of each part affect the final sound. Gain stage voicing, interstage attenuator optimization, sustain restoration for clean and distorted tones, power amp and preamp "tone generators", simple boost pedals, amp selectors and power conditioners are all covered, with designs using off-the-shelf parts. Like TUT3, this is a "project book" presenting design challenges and solutions, with a diversity of tube and solid-state circuits for bass, guitar and keyboards.
The Ultimate Tone, Volume 2, Systems Approach to Stage Sound
by Kevin O'ConnorThe achievement of great, live sound is the premise used to explore modern high-gain guitar pre-amps, proper treatment of acoustic instruments, tube vocal PAs; dynamic bass gear, all types of tube, semi, hybrid and alternative power amplifier design, power supply mods that are "toneful", simple switching methods, speaker cabinet design, getting the most from effects loops and chains, and, modular stage monitoring systems that work!
The Tube Amp Book, Deluxe Revised Edition
by Aspen PittmanAlready known as the bible of tubes and tube amps, The Tube Amp Book by Aspen Pittman is now even better. This deluxe revised edition features 40% new material including dramatically improved design and page layout. The book's technical tips, in-depth electronic specs and explanations, rare schematics, and full-color plates make it a must-have for the legions of tube-tone fanatics. Hardcover, 416 pgs, 6.0 lbs, 9.75" x 12.5"
Tonnes of Tone, Electronics Projects for Guitar and Bass
by Kevin O'ConnorA collection of projects for electric guitar and bass players. Save money by building your own acoustic preamp; build a two-channel tube preamp for guitar, and more. Construct a 15W tube power amp or a true class-A solid state amp. The "experimenters power supply" is excellent for tinkering with tube circuits, containing separate AC heater, DC heater plate and bias supplies. Build a wide range of tremolo circuit and an all-tube reverb unit. Circuit operation, construction, & layout guidelines are provided. Every project uses easy to find parts.
Building Vacuum Tube Guitar & Bass Amplifiers, Volume 2
by Tino ZottolaThe follow up to Volume 1 in the series, covering more advanced amplifier construction projects for the experienced builder. Includes detailed plans for the following five classic tube amplifiers:
- Deluxe (5E3) 15 watt amp with push-pull 6V6s
- Bassman (5F6A) 50 Watt amp with push-pull 6L6s
- AC30 Top Boost 30 watt amp with quad push-pull EL84s with Top Boost Mods - minus Vibrato circuit
- Plexi Super Lead (1959) 100 watt amp with quad push-pull EL34s with master volume mod
- Twin Reverb (AB763) with quad push-pull 6L6GCs wi
Guitar Amplifier Electronics: Basic Theory
by Richard KuehnelThis book presents vacuum tube amplifier theory using modern, web-based design tools and computer visualizations to eliminate the usual litany of mathematical formulas. The book begins with the fundamentals of electronics and vacuum tubes. It then proceeds through each stage of a modern guitar amplifier, including preamp voltage amplification stages, cathode followers, tone stacks, power amps, phase inverters, and power supplies. The final chapter is devoted to the craft of controlling overdrive dynamics and harmonic distortion.
Guitar Amplifier Electronics: Circuit Simulation
by Richard KuehnelThis book is a step-by-step tutorial for simulating vacuum tube guitar amplifiers using LTspice, a free SPICE-based electronic circuit simulator for Windows and macOS. The book walks you through the basics of developing a schematic, setting up a simulation, integrating vacuum tube models, and interpreting the results. From there it gradually ramps up to advanced topics, like verifying the sonic performance of a guitar amplifier as a complete system, analyzing the dynamics of overdrive, and writing new SPICE models for triodes and power tubes.
Fundamentals of Guitar Amplifier: System Design
by Richard KuehnelBooks about guitar amplifier electronics usually focus on individual circuits: preamp stages, tone stacks, phase inverters, the power amp, and power supply. Fundamentals of Guitar Amplifier System Design presents a structured, top-down approach to crafting a complete guitar amplifier.
Building Vacuum Tube Guitar & Bass Amplifiers, Volume 1
by Tino ZottolaBuilding your own vacuum tube guitar or bass amplifier from scratch is truly an exciting experience. This book describes the detailed construction of five vacuum tube amplifiers.
Building Vacuum Tube Guitar & Bass Amplifiers, Volume 3
120 pages, spiral bound
by Tino ZottolaThe follow up to Volume 1 and 2 in the series, covering advanced amplifier construction projects for the experienced builder. Includes detailed plans for replicas of five classic tube amplifiers.
120 pages, spiral bound
Electronic Projects for Musicians, A Comprehensive Guide
by Craig AndertonA comprehensive guide by Craig Anderton. Shows you how to build your own Preamp, Compressor/Limiter, Ring Modulator, Phase Shifter, Talk Box, plus 22 other inexpensive electronic accessories. Written in clear language, with hundreds of helpful diagrams and illustrations and simple ste-by-step instructions. Many effects builders have cited Electronic Projects for Musicians as the book that got them started. This book lays out the basics of effects building, detailing the tools, parts and techniques needed. This book contains 27 different projects including fuzz pedals, ring modulator, phase shifter and compressor, complete with diagrams, illustrations and simple step by step instructions. for those wanting to build their own effects, this is your starting point.
How to Service Your Own Tube Amp, A Complete Guide
by Tom MitchellA well organized and easy-to-understand approach to guitar amplifier repair covering basic electronics, reading schematics, understanding tubes and transformers, tube biasing and use of test equipment. Also provides 10 troubleshooting flowcharts, voltage charts for typical amplifiers, and many modifications that you can do yourself. 250 pages, 2.3 lbs, 8.5" x 11"
DIY Speaker Cabinets for Musical Instrument Applications
by Kevin O'ConnorSpeaker cabinet design is mysterious to most people, but it doesn't have to be - especially when it comes to speakers for musical instruments. Cabinet evolution is described culminating in Kevin's own designs built by London Power, based on 20+ years of experience and input from expert speaker designers. Resonant and non-resonant cabinets are explored, along with the choice for building materials, finishes, woodworking techniques, installing grill cloth, and the use of wheels and handles. Driver selection and mixing is detailed, covering driver impedance, power ratings and wiring.