# Books

The Ultimate Tone, Volume 4, Advanced Methods for Amp Design
by Kevin O'Connor
Outlines, 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.
$130.00 The Ultimate Tone, Volume 6, Timeless Tone Built for the Future by Kevin O'Connor The evolution of guitar amp circuits becomes a revolution! The Ultimate Tone, Volume 6 takes you through advanced DC Power Scaling methods; reveals the secrets of Dumble amps; explores the truth about high-gain preamps; demonstrates how to build Z-B-X push-pull power amps with a single power tube; simplifies the design of 400W+ tube amps - methods that can be applied to any power level; presents class-G tube amps where 100W of output has the same waste heat as a 25W amp; explores modern mains control and sustain circuitry.$85.00
The Ultimate Tone, Volume 1, Modifying & Building Tube Amps
by Kevin O'Connor
This 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"
$85.00 The Ultimate Tone, Volume 3, Generations of Tone by Kevin O'Connor Have 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.$85.00
The Ultimate Tone, Volume 5, Tone Capture
by Kevin O'Connor
Every 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.
$79.95 The Ultimate Tone, Volume 2, Systems Approach to Stage Sound by Kevin O'Connor The 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!$60.00
Principles of Power, A Practical Guide to Tube Amplifier Design
by Kevin O'Connor
This book offers a simplified method for designing tube power amps for audio. Tube operation is explained, as are circuit principles. Class-A or B, cathode, fixed bias, and push-pull and single-ended designs are covered, as are many front-end circuits. Includes designs using off-the-shelf transformers and current production tubes. Power outputs of 15 to 400W are depicted using pentodes and true triodes. Also, covers power supplies, selected tube data, and information on Hammond and Plitron transformers. Guitar amp builders please refer to "The Ultimate Tone Vol. 2"
$52.00 The Fender® Bassman 5F6-A, 3rd Edition by Richard Kuehnel This book examines this famous amplifier by studying its circuit design in great detail. It starts by breaking the amplifier into its major components: the 12AY7 preamp, the 12AX7 voltage amp, the 12AX7 cathode follower, the tone stack, the long-tailed-pair phase splitter, the push-pull power amplifier, and the power supply. Each component is analyzed to determine how it works and to derive the design formulas needed to predict its performance. The results are then compared to bench tests of the actual circuit. Finally all of the components are put together to analyze total system behavior and to discover how and where the amp transitions into distortion.$45.95
Tonnes of Tone, Electronics Projects for Guitar and Bass
by Kevin O'Connor
A 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.
$37.00 Electric Guitar Amplifier Handbook, fourth edition by Jack Darr New reprint of the 4th edition of this book, originally published in 1973. Discusses signal amplification theory, how each part functions in an amplifier and contains many schematics and amps popular at the time. Softbound, 382 pages. One of today's most popular instruments is the electric guitar. Proper operation of the amplifier associated with the guitar is essential to the amplification and enhancement of the guitar sound. The ultimate test of a guitar amplifier is the quality of the musical sound that comes from the speaker. Many electronic service shops hesitate to service guitar amplifiers because the service litarature is sometimes difficult to acquire through standard channels. Electric Guitar Amplifier Handbook has been written to dispel any qualms the serviceman may have about servicing these amplifiers. While explaining in detail the functions of all parts of the guitar, the author relates them to familiar electronic circuitry.$36.95
Tube Lore II, A Reference for Users and Collectors, 2nd Edition
by Ludwell Sibley
The classic Ludwell Sibley book is now available in this wonderful second edition. Tube Lore II contains a wealth of knowledge and information on a wide variety of tube types. Any tube collector or radio aficionado will find the contents of this book to be an invaluable reference.
$34.95 Ready Set Go! An Electronic Reference for the Everyman by Kevin O'Connor A handy reference for the novice electronic tinkerer and experienced craftsman alike. Informative and easy to read, the book • explains how to read schematic symbols • explains standard notation, S.I. symbols and tolerances • reveals the resistor color code • lists standard resistor values for 1%, 5%, 10% and 20% components • lists standard capacitor values and explains the colour coding of vintage caps • explains current, voltage, power, resistance, capacitance and inductance • explains Ohm's Law and how to figure out series/parallel resistance • transformers and impedance are clearly explained Examples are worked out throughout the book to illustrate how truly simple basic electronics is!$33.00
Guitar Amplifier Overdrive: A Visual Tour
by Ulrich Neumann
Guitar Amplifier Overdrive: A Visual Tour is an analysis of how tube guitar amplifiers produce their overdrive tones. A visual tour of common tube circuit behaviors. Explanations and illustrations of nonlinear and time-varying circuit behaviors and their impacts on tone. Dr. Ulrich Neumann is a professor of Computer Science, with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He completed a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and was granted a computer science Ph.D at the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill. His academic research relates to Computer Graphics and Computer Vision. He received an NSF CAREER award. He was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia.
$32.95 Guitar Amplifier Design: Tubes and Semiconductors Play Together by Ulrich Neumann Guitar Amplifier Design: Tubes and Semiconductors Play Together is a look over the shoulder during the process of designing a unique guitar amplifier. Insights and opinions on design principles and best-practices for getting great tone in any design. Novel approaches and solutions to common circuit-design problems. Performance and tone improvements for common tube circuits. Explanations of cause-effect relationships that lead to better designs and better tone. Dr. Ulrich Neumann is a professor of Computer Science, with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He completed a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and was granted a computer science Ph.D at the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill. His academic research relates to Computer Graphics and Computer Vision. He received an NSF CAREER award.$30.95
Electronic Projects for Musicians, A Comprehensive Guide
by Craig Anderton
A 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.
$30.95 Building Vacuum Tube Guitar & Bass Amplifiers, Volume 2 by Tino Zottola The 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$30.25
Tube Amp Talk for the Guitarist and Tech
by Gerald Weber
Several years ago, Gerald Weber started a fine tradition in the pages of Vintage Guitar magazine - that of freely sharing with others his vast knowledge of "everything amplifier." Gerald was the first of many fine tech writers to offer their hard-earned tips and tricks on the pages of Vintage Guitar. In fact, he has so much to offer, he writes two columns each month. Gerald continued that tradition with his popular first book, A Desktop Reference of Hip Vintage Guitar Amps, and follows up with this book, Tube Amp Talk for the Guitarist and Tech. An added bonus of this edition is the inclusion of the "Tranwreck Pages" by noted amp expert Ken Fischer. Whether you want to maintain your amp to keep the tone you love, or modify it for an exciting new sound, Gerald Weber can help. Maybe you need that little bit extra to get what you want.
$29.95 Guitar Amplifier Electronics: Basic Theory by Richard Kuehnel This 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.$29.95
Guitar Amplifier Electronics: Circuit Simulation
by Richard Kuehnel
This 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.
$29.95 All About Vacuum Tube Guitar Amplifiers by Gerald Weber "Over 500 pages of all new material not found in my other books or anywhere else for that matter. Tons of empirical data that de-mystify the inner workings of tube amps to help you get the most from your amps!"$29.95
$29.95 A Desktop Reference of Hip Vintage Guitar Amps by Gerald Weber Gerald Weber answers questions about vintage guitar amplifiers on topics such as biasing for output tubes and easy modifications. He includes an analysis of Fender® classics such as the Tweed Champ, Tweed Deluxe, Deluxe Reverb, Super Reverb and others. Also included are schematics for Ampeg®, Fender®, Gibson®, Hiwatt, Magnatone, Marshall®, Rickenbacker, Silvertone and Vox® amps. 500 pages. 1.5 lbs, 6" x 9"$29.95
$29.95 Tube Guitar Amplifier Essentials by Gerald Weber Gerald Weber, of Kendrick amplification fame, is the author of A Desktop Reference of Hip Vintage Guitar Amps and Tube Amp Talk for the Guitarists and tech. This is his third book, and works well as a companion to his previous books or on its own. 528 pages, softbound$29.89