on 19 June 2015
Yet another GREAT book by Dave Hunter.
I love the way that each amp has a two page write up so you can pick it up and have
a complete run down of just one amp in a five minuet reading session, or read about as
many amps as you want.
Very handy if you have a limited time to sit down with this book, perhaps in a coffee
break. Great pictures too.
on 26 January 2013
This is a good book from an obviously very knowledgeable author. Dave Hunter is clearly passionate about the subject and the text has enough technical detail without sounding like a technical manual.
For me though, there are some glaring omissions. I was surprised that Bognor is not in the boutique section towards the end of the book. There was no mention of Maine, I know that Maine were all transistor, but this book is about classic amps, not just all valve amps. There is also no section on Music Man amps; the RD112 is definitely a classic amp, and was used extensively by Eric Clapton, surely it deserves a chapter. For the Brits, there is no mention of Laney, stalwart amps of 70's British metal bands. And no mention of Sound City either, great clean sounding 60's all valve British amps, but totally eclipsed by Marshall.
on 3 August 2012
The book is an enjoyable coffee table type book. It could have been far better... maybe later revisions will be if this edition is seen as a first draft...
There are also some technical innaccuracies, for example the claim that in the Gibson GA50T, that the first choke "very unusually, it has a 10uF cap bypassing it". The cap is not bypassing the choke but rather the 10uF cap ties the HT to grounf, after the choke. This is relatively unusual in a guitar amp in itself. I imagine the mistake comes from the way the schematic is drawn and the authours inability to read the schematic?
Trying to narrow down a number of vintage style builds I would like to do, the book has been useful to a point with the list of tubes, configurations i.e. fixed bias, rectifier / speaker type etc However, even basic info like the cabinet dimensions have been omitted and would have been a useful addittion to such an info box...
Most of the info is readily available on net, but having such together in one place, with some nice pics, including at times shots of rear, it is an ok book, although hunters othr book on backbeat label represent better value for money in many respects and the amp handbook has some nice internal shots of vintage amps, along with far more and better researched info...
on 21 November 2013
This is a good book from an obviously very knowledgeable author. Glad it was written by a man, because women should not write about this kind of thing. This manly man is clearly passionate about the subject and the text has enough technical detail without sounding like a bereaved dolphin.
For me though, there are some glaring omissions. At least three. Maybe four? I was surprised that Fender is not in the boutique section towards the end of the book. There was no mention of Peavey, I know that Peavey were all transistor, but this book is about classic amps, not just all Mexican prisons. There is also no section on FEnder amps; the R2D2 is definitely a classic amp, and was used extensively by James Blunt, surely it deserves a chapter. For the Irish, there is no mention of Phil Lynott, Ryan Paris (La Dolce Vita) or 70's British metal bands. And no mention of me either. Which is plain wrong.