43 episodes

Twice a month, guitar amp guru Skip Simmons fields your questions on vintage tube amp repair, restoration and collecting. Often hilarious and always insightful, it's like no other guitar podcast out there.

The Truth About Vintage Amps with Skip Simmons The Fretboard Journal

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    • 4.9, 212 Ratings

Twice a month, guitar amp guru Skip Simmons fields your questions on vintage tube amp repair, restoration and collecting. Often hilarious and always insightful, it's like no other guitar podcast out there.

    Ep. 40: "The Boogie Dumpster"

    Ep. 40: "The Boogie Dumpster"

    Vintage guitar and amp dealer/repairman Steve Soest joins us for a very special Truth About Vintage Amps episode. Steve shares stories of meeting Leo Fender, Doc Kauffman and other legends from the world of electric guitars; he recounts of some of his days of vintage gear buying and selling; and he even walks us through the time he joined Dick Dale's band. Plus: What to do with a free Hammond M-3 organ, the New Bedford Whaling Museum and much more... 

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Ep. 39: "I Assumed He Was a Bass Player"

    Ep. 39: "I Assumed He Was a Bass Player"

    Once again, Skip Simmons fields tube amp questions from around the world. Submit your questions to Skip here: podcast@fretboardjournal.com or by leaving us a voicemail or text at 509-557-0848. Brought to you by the Fretboard Journal magazine.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Ep. 38: "Thousand Dollars or Get a Job"

    Ep. 38: "Thousand Dollars or Get a Job"

    Steve Melkisethian of Angela Instruments joins us on this very special episode of the Truth About Vintage Amps. Plus, amp tips, Danelectro reverb and more.

    Submit your questions to Skip here: podcast@fretboardjournal.com or by leaving us a voicemail or text at 509-557-0848.

    • 2 hr 20 min
    Ep. 37: "Bury It in the Yard for a Year"

    Ep. 37: "Bury It in the Yard for a Year"

    Once again, Skip Simmons is quoting 'A Tale of Two Cities' and fielding tube amp questions from around the world. 

    Submit your questions to Skip here: podcast@fretboardjournal.com or by leaving us a voicemail or text at 509-557-0848.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep. 36: "They Only Gave Me One Night"

    Ep. 36: "They Only Gave Me One Night"

    Once again, Skip Simmons is quoting 'A Tale of Two Cities' and fielding tube amp questions from around the world. 

    Submit your questions to Skip here: podcast@fretboardjournal.com or by leaving us a voicemail or text at 509-557-0848.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Ep. 35: "He Just Crashed Into the Ground"

    Ep. 35: "He Just Crashed Into the Ground"

    Bill Krinard (Two-Rock Amplifiers) joins us for this special edition of TAVA. Then, once again, amp tech Skip Simmons fields your guitar amp questions. Submit your questions to Skip here: podcast@fretboardjournal.com or by leaving us a voicemail or text at 509-557-0848.

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
212 Ratings

212 Ratings

Lucky135858 ,

I Love This Cool Old Grumpy Dude.

Cool old grumpy dude teaching me about tube amps, recipes, and oddball music.

Politics free zone.

Love this podcast. I could drink a lot of beer with Skip.

CBBrooklyn ,

Fantastic!

This is the first podcast that I became hooked on. Fantastic information about vintage amplifiers. This podcast dispels all of the marketing hype and myths about vintage and new tube amps and shines a light on the lesser known brands and models out there. Skip Simmons also gives great book suggestions and interesting food recipes. This podcast makes you want to go out and build something and learn more about your own tube amps, guitars and pedals. It helps you get to the core of what you want to achieve..a great sound without all the muss and fuss.

Crazyharp ,

Fun and Educational

Thanks Jason and Skip for a fun and informative Podcast. I’ve had multiple vintage PA heads and combo amps restored and repaired from Skip, and they all sound fantastic. Keep 'em coming.

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