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Friday, May 24th, 2013 by Gabi

Happy Memorial Day!

So, it’s that time of the year – shed the sweaters, hoodies (at least in Chicago), and head to the parade then put that BBQ to work with our family. Since Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, it’s also a day of giving.

With that in mind, how about if shipping is on me and a 7% discount on the orders placed this Memorial Day Weekend for those of you in the contiguous US?!

These are heavy amps so you are saving quite a few bucks there. Call me (847 394 5091) or drop me a line if interested.

Happy Memorial Day!

Quieting the EF86 Vacuum Tube

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 by Gabi

Because the EF86 pentode is such a finicky tube but sounds so wicked (once you find the right one), I thought it might be worth showing the pain I’m going through (besides replacing Fallon with Leno), to keep things quiet:

Magic Eye Tube Stinger Combo Mounting Vlog

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 by Gabi

Where I show how I am attaching the EM80 Magic Eye tube to the inside of the Gabriel 1×12″ Stinger Combo. The hole I drill has a 1-3/8″ diameter using a Forstner bit. Then I am using a transparent plexi and a metallic shield screwed on the front valance.
The electrical connections are made via an octal tube socket connection on the side of the chassis. The electrical layout of the Magic Eye can be found here.

Copper Buss Wire

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 by Gabi

The weekly tip on how to mount (solder) the copper buss wire to the front controls (potentiometers), and a jig. The buss wire can be found at any hardware shop and the one I’m using here is 14 AWG.

The Variable Voltage Regulator

Saturday, January 8th, 2011 by Gabi


So you finally received your tube guitar amp, you spent a fortune for it, and you love its sweet tone and all, but. . . You live in a small apartment, with sonically transparent walls, and you want to have happy neighbors. Your dilemma was addressed actually by a lot of amp builders by building attenuators that act just like a speaker load and output just enough power to the speaker that you need. But there’s an easier and more effective way of taming your amp by using a Variable Voltage Regulator (VVR) that will let you turn your amp’s Volume to where you want it, but control the overall amp output to an optimal level.

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MercyMe Gold Disc

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 by Gabi
MercyMe Gold Disc

MercyMe Gold Disc

Personalized MercyMe Gold Disc

It is a special thing to have the amps I build with a guitar player in a major band but it is really special to have all guitar players of the same major band using them! You know that people out there appreciate your amps when my good friends and guitar players Mike Scheuchzer and Barry Graul of MercyMe, surprised me one day with a package at my door with this superb Gold Commemorative Disc presented to myself! HUGE THANKS Mike, Barry and MercyMe folks!

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The Loopy Effect Loop

Thursday, January 7th, 2010 by Gabi
A common question I am being asked frequently is if my amps have an FX loop. The answer is a BIG NO. Here is why…
Guitar pedal board routing

Guitar pedal board routing

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V18 Video Demo

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 by Gabi

So, I guess this is my first “official” demo of the Gabrièl V18 guitar tube amp. I just can’t believe after all these years I didn’t do any!
I had a couple attempts, but I tossed them because I thought they were “un-professional” or ugly, or I do to many “uhms”, etc. Slowly I am realizing that I will never get a perfect video, with a perfect script (Dang! I even tried to memorize a script – so LAME!), and all that!

I decided that in the end I’ll post an un-edited video just the way it is. This way hoping that the listeners will connect with the human, prone-to-failure part of me in some mysterious way, and hopefully get something educational out of it too! Heck if Julia Child did it… 🙂

I will have to say that Ed Dale’s videos of The 30 Day Challenge were of IMMENSE inspiration for me, right at the moment when I wanted to throw in the towel!

So, ladies and gentleman here is the unedited, uncut, first video of the Gabrièl V18 guitar tube amplifier:

Another Voxer on TV!

Monday, February 18th, 2008 by Gabi

Fellow Chicagoans,

Check out tomorrow’s (Feb 19, 2008) Chicago’s WGN (Channel 9) Morning Show, where the Gabriel Voxer 18w will appear manned by the outstanding guitar player STIK and his band 1969 in a very cool live performance. It will appear on and off so stay tuned.

I will also record the whole show and post it later on.

New Gain Footswitch Box

Friday, February 15th, 2008 by Gabi

I’ve being distributing these newer style FootSwitch boxes but I thought they would first be announced in my blog. Check the engraved “Gabriel” logo. I should probably place a blue LED inside so that you’ll have this eerie light emanating through it. Kinda cool huh??