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Happy Memorial Day 7% Off and Free Shipping!

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:

Board Leads Soldering

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Gabi

This week’s video tip is about soldering the leads to the turret board to have a strong connection. The wire I am using is PVC insulated topcoat stranded wire (20 AWG).

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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Meeting Vernon Reid of LIVING COLOUR

Monday, October 12th, 2009 by Gabi

This past weekend I had the honor of meeting, hang out with Vernon Reid and witness the best show I ever saw in my life with LIVING COLOUR at the Double Door in Chicago. Also introduced him to my Gabriel V33 1×12″ Combo he absolutely LOVED! He is a master of high gain amps but very interested in alternatives for guitar tones and found the V33 a versatile guitar amp.

Gabriel & Vernon Reid

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