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Welcome to the Amplified Parts Tech Corner. This is where you can find useful technical reference information to help you better understand our parts. Click on a topic below to see more about it.

A comparison of some of the most popular 12AX7s currently being produced. Use this chart as a starting point to find which current production 12AX7 will work best for you. 2016 update.
This diagram includes a tube pin-out for a quick reference. There's also a drawing to help you identify the physical structures you can see beyond the glass of a 12AX7.
A drawing to help you identify the physical structures you can see beyond of the glass of a 6L6GC.
A comparison of some of the most popular 6L6GCs currently being produced. Use this chart as a starting point to find which current production 6L6GC will work best for you.
Use this to understand the Accutronics reverb tank codes and help identify a mystery tank.
Some tips to help with describing tone in a way that everybody can more easily understand.
The first of three articles on basic guitar electronics. Learn how passive single-coil and humbucker pickups work.
The second of three articles on basic guitar electronics. Learn how pots and caps work.
The last of three articles on basic guitar electronics. Learn how switches and output jacks work.
Type in a value of capacitance and convert quickly between mF, uF, nF and pF.
Wiring diagrams for some of the most popular electric guitars including: Tele, Strat, Les Paul, PRS, ES-335 and SG. Note: each wiring diagram is shown with a treble bleed modification (a 220K resistor in parallel with a 470pF cap) added to the volume pots.
This drawing of an imaginary guitar points out the names of common electric guitar parts.
Learn about guitar speaker power handling to help choose a speaker to last a lifetime.
A quick comparison of current production Jensen guitar speakers including sound samples and technical specs.
Learn how to identify the value of capacitance for your orange drop cap based on the cryptic codes like 223K.
Resistance vs. shaft rotation plots for some common potentiometer tapers.
Learn how to identify the value of resistance for 4 band and 5 band color code resistors.
Select the colors of each band on a 4 or 5 band resistor to quickly identify the resistance and tolerance.
This drawing will teach you the names of guitar speaker parts.
Learn how to match your guitar speaker(s) to your amplifier based on impedance and power handling (Includes the formulas for parallel and series resistance).
Learn about the inner workings of a spring reverb tank and what each part of the Accutronics code means.
A listing of the prefixes from femto to tera and what they represent. There are also some common length, weight and temperature conversions.
Just about everything you need to know from the technical side to help choose Yellow Jackets for your amp.