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Old 13th February 2003, 05:20 PM   #11
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Joel,

I've heard some nice vintage guitars but I have to agree that the last couple of years Fenders and Gibsons are as good as if not better than all the others... We're very lucky with present day guitar quality.

Maz,

I would recommend going with a good kit first and build it as standard and get used to it before modifying...

I fully agree with the comments about topology and operating points being 90% of the sound with tweaking being the final icing on the cake. I can hear a difference between component choice in most amps I've built - solid state or valve but it isn't always a repeatable difference

A good methodology with tweaks is to change one thing then live with it for a week or so - then reverse the change and see if it was really an improvement... this has been pretty fool proof for me...

ciao

James
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Old 14th February 2003, 10:29 AM   #12
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With output transformers being the number one tweak!

Generally speaking C-cores are a step up in detail...
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