Tonnes of Tone

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Tinker Shop
The Need to Build 1-1
Chassis Construction Methods 1-1
Metal Works 1-5
      Cutting Metal 1-5
      Bending Metal 1-5
      Making Holes 1-6
      Deburring 1-7
      Painting and Lettering 1-7
Woodwork 1-9
      Joinery 1-10
      Types of Corners 1-10
      Finishes and Coverings 1-12
The Electron Shop 1-12
Niceties 1-13
      Parts Organization 1-14
The Mandatory Project 1-14
      Construction Options 1-15

Chapter 2: Acoustic Preamps
History 2-1
Acoustic Pick-Ups 2-2
Increasing the Input Impedance on a Tube Amp 2-3
Increasing the Input Impedance on a Solid-State Amp 2-4
      Construction of the J-fet Buffer for Solid-state Amps 2-4
Adding an Acoustic Preamp to an Acoustic Guitar 2-6
      Notes on J-fets 2-8
      Other Acoustic Preamp Issues 2-10
Advanced Acoustic Preamp Issues 2-10
      Input Impedance Analysis

Chapter 3: Experimenter's Power Supply
Perspective 3-1
The Heart of a Project 3-1
      AC and DC Voltage 3-2
The Complete Supply 3-3
      Plate Supply 3-3
      Negative Bias Supply 3-5
      AC Filament Supply 3-5
      DC Filament Supply 3-5
Construction 3-6
A Note About Fusing 3-11

Chapter 4: Guitar Preamp
Circuit Description 4-1
Construction 4-7

Chapter 5: Bass Preamp
Bass of Ages 5-1
Fender-Style Bass Preamp 5-3
Ampeg-Style Bass Preamp 5-5
London Power Bass Preamp 5-5
Theory and Practice! Practice! Practice! 5-9

Chapter 6: Tube Power Amp
Power for Everyone 6-1
      Biasing 6-2
Circuit Description 6-3
Construction 6-5

Chapter 7: The Hood Amp
"The Dickens" You Say 7-1
The "Hood" Amp 7-1
      Transistors 7-2
      Circuit Operation 7-3
Construction 7-6
Substituting Other Parts 7-9

Chapter 8: Tube Reverb
Boing! 8-1
Reverb Circuits 8-1
      Line Level vs. Instrument Level 8-2
Circuit Description 8-3
Construction 8-3

Chapter 9: Wide range Tremolo
Circuit Description 9-1
Construction 9-8

Appendix A: Parts List & Suppliers