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Dave Hunter: Understanding Amplifiers and Getting Great Sounds (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Oktober 2005

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  • Taschenbuch: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Backbeat Books (28. Oktober 2005)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 087930863X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879308636
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,6 x 1,5 x 27,9 cm
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A guitar amp is as much responsible for the actual sound of an electric guitar as the guitar itself, but doesn't always get the attention it deserves. "The Guitar Amp Handbook" is a book aimed at taking the player - whether beginner, novice or professional - inside the amplifier to help them better understand the magic of that mysterious, often-neglected box that pumps out all the tone. "The Guitar Amp Handbook" will guide guitarists in selecting the best amplifier for their style of music, help them set-up that amp to sound its best, maintain and even modify it, and ultimately to craft the most responsive instrument possible from this 'other half' of the sound chain. More than all this, the book will provide tutorials, parts lists and diagrams to enable the reader to build a small range of popular classic-styled tube amps, and will talk to a selection of respected amp makers and designers about their craft, and their views on what goes into building a great amplifier.

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Dave Hunter, author of Guitar Effects Pedals, is an American musician and journalist who has worked in both Britain and the USA. His is a former editor of The Guitar Magazine (UK), has contributed to TV and radio documentaries, and has edited and contributed to books such as: Acoustic Guitars - The Illustrated Encyclopedia; The Tube Amp Book - Deluxe Revised Edition; Guitar - A Complete Guide for the Player; and Recording Guitar and Bass.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Harald Nowak am 30. Januar 2012
Format: Taschenbuch
If you like decent gutshots of vintage amps, go for this book - I immediately found a lot of stuff I like and it gives you a nice overview of whats out there vintage wise; may also come in handy if you're into repairing amps.

HOWEVER - and this a big however:
The information in the text is incorrect at times or often misleading, as I had to find out in the first 5 minutes while looking into the book. For example: Marshall JTM45, 1c: "This JTM45 carries its 470pF cap in series with the mixing resistor..." - very disturbing, the capacitor is in PARALLEL with the mixing resistor - this is a bypass cap that pushes high frequencies!
Or: YBA-1, 1b: Hunter iterates about the anode voltages of V1 lying around 225V AS OPPOSED to the anode voltages in Bassman / Plexi /JTM45, supposed to be around 150V. While this is true for the Bassman, it is NOT true for Plexi/JTM45 and the reason simply is that Bassmans used 12AT7s while YBA-1, Plexi/JTM45 used 12AX7 (which the author seems not to take into consideration when ventilating on the anode voltage). Later on he recommends increasing the dropping resistors to lower V1 voltage to get into JTM45 territory - don't, this very recommendation is caused by the same oversight - switching between 12AT7 and 12AX7 alone provides for the observed difference in voltages (150V vs. 225V). Furtheron he cites that this increased voltage gives "more headroom" - wrong again: the headroom is limited on both sides of the voltage swing, therefor 150V Anode with around 300V B+ give maximum headroom (Bassman), while the increased Anode voltage of 225V REDUCES headroom.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Robert Cavigelli am 22. September 2009
Format: Taschenbuch
The author explains very thoroughly how the various components (amplifier, speaker, cabinet) that make up a guitar sound work together and influence the result. But the Understanding of Ampilifiers as such that this book relays remains basic, even though it contains a project to build an own amplifier from scratch (interesting one!). There is little explanation of what exactly happens how in a circuit and why it has to be so and so and not different, so if one does not already know quite a bit about the matter, it is not advisable to heat up the soldering iron after just having read this book.
If one is really serious about getting into tinkering with tube amplifiers and building some of their own, this book is recommended to be on the shopping list amongst quite a few others that get more down to the actual electronic principals.
Also interesting are the interviews the author led with some amp gurus - sometimes only to see why some mojo that could have been buried decades ago with just a wee bit of matter-of-fact knowledge is still very alive amongst tube amp aficionados.
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Finally, a GREAT tube amp primer! 25. Januar 2006
Von Robi St. Antoine - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
There are not a lot of books specifically about guitar tube amps, and while there are certainly some great texts out there, nobody had written a comprehensive, plain-english, yet technically in-depth resource explaining how all the different parts of a guitar tube amp add up to great tone... Until now. I think there are many people like myself who don't have any kind of engineering background (i.e.; no math) yet who have a deep interest in understanding exactly what makes their vintage amp tick, and who might just want to build one from scratch one day. This book is for us. Dave Hunter has done his homework and put together a manual that covers a great sampling of makes and types, explaining things that many of the other books assume you already know, and in a non-condescending manner. The Guitar Amp Handbook is from the same publisher that put out the latest edition of The Tube Amp Book by Aspen Pittman, and it is a perfect complement to that book which, while rich in schematics is pretty lacking in technical explanation... Actually, The Tube Amp book has a similar problem that plagues most existing tube amp books; it has great tips and tricks, but no real fundamentals. Dave Hunter has given us the foundation that will finally allow us to actually benefit from the other books.
30 von 32 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
another winner from Dave Hunter 23. November 2005
Von tim b - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Buy it! If you have any interest at all in how your guitar amplifier works, you need this book - I can't recommend it anymore than that! Dave has authored more books from Publisher Backbeat Books, and they're all killer productions - great/informative writing, superb binding, covers and great detail in the publishing aspects of these books.

Dave Hunter is well versed in all things guitar, as I have learned through buying and reading all of his works to date. He's got a unique book here in his approach and honesty on the subject, and it's worth every penny. Loaded with real world, no BS information - great sections on signal chain, components, how to select the right amp for you and at the end, a fully documented amplifier kit (which is now available through the publisher's website) which you can either buy direct, or put together with your own parts!

Highly recommended, and I highly recommend Dave's other books as well!
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Von Geoffrey R. Balme - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When you are done reading this - you will understand tube-based (and let's face it those are the only kind any of us really care about) guitar amplifiers. Hunter writes clearly, and concisely, my only objection to his style is that he's a little bit too sympathetic to people's feelings. I'd rather he just apologize once for his opinions and level his criticisms.

But that's me.

I've been playing guitar for going on 30 years, and I managed to learn practical service information about tubes and controls as well as effects set up.

The great thing about this book is it will actually teach you how to build an amp! I haven't tried it as I've not got the money for the kit, but I feel more than encouraged by the clean layout and direct explanations.
42 von 51 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Mediocre 5. Dezember 2007
Von Barry Barancik - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I wanted a good introduction to guitar tube amplifiers. This book got me only part of the way there. Some of the information is very interesting, and the writing is readable. However, what I wanted most was a basic idea of how amps work, and the book does not succeed on this score.

The author attempts to explain how amps work by explaining his way through schematics of several classic amps. This approach had several problems.
--The author does not provide a good general description of what role each component (resistors, caps, etc.) is meant to play in modifying the signal. He should have defined each of these concepts better at the outset.
--The author does not provide a good general description of the functions of major sections of amplifiers (for example, what a rectifier is for and how it affects sound)
--The author's approach of describing specific cases (specific amp schematics) to illustrate a general point (how most tube amps work) is ineffective. This approach leaves the user trying to figure out the general principles from the specifics provided -- not a good tactic for an introductory text.
--The schematics used are tiny copies of the original, often hand-drawn, originals. They are difficult to read. Each schematic should have been reproduced in a standardized, computer-generated, readable format.
--The author's descriptions of the amps' workings are large blocks of prose. Schematic design begs to be described part-by-part, function-by-function, in a numbered list. Formatting the descriptions as lists would have been much easier to follow.

The book isn't a total loss. The chapter on the importance of speakers and speaker cabinets is a valuable introduction to an often-overlooked facet of tone, and the interviews with amp builders (a standard section in this series of guitar tech books) is enjoyable.
10 von 11 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Great & Detailed Material - Better Than Aspen Pittman Books 7. August 2006
Von Donald Neumann - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This book is somewhat similar to the tube amp book by Aspen Pittman but I think it is much better. Dave has included several interviews by very knowledgable people in the world of tube amps, most notably Ken Fisher.

While the book does not contain any real amp modification suggestions, it does have various philosophies on modifications and the persuit of great tone.

I was pleasantly supprised and would buy it again.

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