Sunday, January 24, 2010

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)

Now here's someone I haven't listened to in years. I forgot how amazing SRV was when he hit the scene with the first album. Still an incredible guitarist.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

First Video of the new year with PHILX ! 1954 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top 01093

I don't think this needs any explanation. Phil gets to play some of the finest guitars know to man. Bastard.

Friday, January 8, 2010

1950's National Amplifier

Here's a rare one. A Valco made National brand amplifier. The Two 8" speakers are the original Jensen Alnico's.

The cabinet is in pretty good shape considering the age of the amp. The top and sides have some water damage from sitting in an attic for years.

Here's the chassis unloaded from the cabinet. You can see the really small output transformer as compared to the power trannie. That's a 5Y3G rectifier next to the PT. Lots of squashy tone there. There is an added master volume ( not really needed and I didn't do that, it was already done when I got it) and extension speaker jack. That black thing with the metal cap is actually a tube. It's a 6J7 and is the gain stage for the amp. The tube behind that is a 6SL7G and does the phase inversion. Two big bottle 6L6G's for output. I didn't pull the control panel out and a friend of mine has a suspicion there's another tube hiding up in there.

Here's the money shot. You can see the old waxed paper in oil caps. It's had a cap job done and the two prong cord has been replaced with a three prong. Which is necessary if you don't want to suddenly die of electrocution.

And the original RCA branded tubes. Still going strong after all these years.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

PHIL X 1956 Gibson Les Paul Custom 01070

I really want one of these. The neck pickup has an amazing tone. Very thick and bluesy. Great sounding guitar over all. Gibson re-issued this at one point complete with the Alnico neck pickup.