Books

How to Service Your Own Tube Amp, A Complete Guide
by Tom Mitchell
A 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"
$27.50
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
DIY Speaker Cabinets for Musical Instrument Applications
by Kevin O'Connor
Speaker 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.
$22.00
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
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.
$38.95
Building Vacuum Tube Guitar & Bass Amplifiers, Volume 1
by Tino Zottola
Building 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.
$28.75
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.
$38.95
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
Fundamentals of Guitar Amplifier: System Design
by Richard Kuehnel
Books 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.
$38.95
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
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
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 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
Sound Advice from Gerald Weber, Everything you wanted to ask
by Gerald Weber
“Sound Advice from Gerald Weber” Everything you wanted to ask about Vacuum Tube Guitar Amplifiers. Foreword by Aspen Pittman. As an advice columnist for over 20 years in three major guitar magazines, Gerald Weber has probably answered more tube amp questions than anyone. In Gerald’s 5th book about Vacuum Tube Amplifiers, he answers over 300 useful questions…
$29.95
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
Guitar Amplifier Electronics: Fender Deluxe
by Richard Kuehnel
Many would say the Fender Deluxe design reaches its peak with the narrow-panel 5E3, becoming the ultimate tone machine for public performance and recording. The 5E3 is also the most cloned guitar amp of all time. It has an elegantly straightforward signal chain that maximizes tone and minimizes parts count, making it a favorite for kit makers and kit builders alike. In fact, there is perhaps only one other amp design that can compete with the 5E3 in terms of popularity, particularly among working musicians. Ironically, it also carries the name "Deluxe" - the blackface AB763 Deluxe Reverb.
$44.95
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
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
Building Vacuum Tube Guitar & Bass Amplifiers, Volume 3
by Tino Zottola
The 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
$28.75
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
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
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 Electronics: Fender Bassman
by Richard Kuehnel
Fender designed the Bassman in 1952 to be an amplifier for its new Precision Bass. The amp had a 15-inch speaker with a closed back and used a pair of 5881 beam power tetrodes for lots of volume. Throughout the decade it would be modified and improved until culminating in the model 5F6-A.
$38.95