Guitar Amp Books by Tino Zottola


Volume One
Volume 2
Volume Three

"Building Vacuum Tube Guitar and Bass Amplifiers Volume 1" by Tino Zottola   Copyright 2003.

Ever wanted to build your own tube amplifier from scratch but did not know how or where to start?  Tino's book takes you buy the hand and details amplifier building from start to finish.  This interesting book targets beginner builders but is also technical enough for builders of any level.  

Volume #1 is a 120 page spiral bound book featuring these interesting topics; 

  • Chassis construction techniques and secrets to successful soldering
  • Troubleshooting non-working amplifiers, fixing unwanted distortion and removing excessive hum
  • Minimize building costs by recycling electronic components
  • Identifying and testing power transformers
  • Identifying and testing audio output transformers
  • Resistor & capacitors identification tables
  • Vacuum Tube data

Detailed plans are included for the following five vacuum tube amplifiers;

 - Sonic (MA1): 3 watts; 12AX7, 50L6 tubes and solid-state rectifier

 - All American Four: 4 watts; 2 x 12AV6, 50C5 and 35W4 tubes


 - Champ (AA764): 8 watts; 12AX7, 6V6GT and 5Y3 tubes


 - Deluxe (5C3): 15 watts; 2 x 6SC7, 2 x 6V6GT and 5Y3 tubes


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Bassman (5B6): 30 watts; 6SC7, 6SL7, 2 x 6L6GA and 5U4G tubes

Construction of the above amplifiers is described in full detail to included; parts list, chassis drilling locations, component installation details, wire-by-wire hook-up, voltage charts and schematics

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"Building Vacuum Tube Guitar and Bass Amplifiers Volume 2" by Tino Zottola,   Copyright 2003.
 

Volume #2 covers advanced amplifier projects for the experienced builder.  Beginners are encouraged to study Volume 1 first before attempting the projects in Volume 2.  This 135 page spiral bound book contains, but is not limited to, the following topics;

Detailed plans for building the following five vacuum tube amplifiers

- Deluxe (5E3); 15 watts, 2 x 12AX7, 2 x 6V6, 5Y3
 

- Bassman (5F6A); 50 watts, 3 x 12AX7, 2 x 6L6, 5AR4
 

- AC30 Top Boost (with Top Boost Mods, but minus Vibrato circuit); 30 watts, 3 x 12AX7, 4 x EL84, 5AR4
 

- Plexi Super Lead 1959 (with master volume mod); 100 watts, 3 x 12AX7, 4 x EL34, solid-state rectifier
 

- Twin Reverb (AB763 with Black Face mods); 100 watts, 3 x 7025, 2 x 12AT7, 1 x 12AX7, 4 x 6L6GC, solid-state rectifier

All of the above amplifier builds are described in full detail.  Parts list, chassis drilling guide, component installation details, wire-by-wire hook-up, voltage charts and schematics are featured.  Additionally, there is a section on how to reverse engineer any amplifier from the schematic.  Other topics covered include;
 

How to duplicate an amplifier from the schematic
Circuit improvements for safety, reliability and hum reduction

Chassis layout rules for hardware, components, wiring and safety

How to determine any power transformer specification

How to determine any output transformer specification

Turret / Eyelet Board construction tips and more

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"Building Vacuum Tube Guitar and Bass Amplifiers Volume 3" by Tino Zottola,   Copyright 2007.
 

Volume #3 covers more advanced amplifier projects for the experienced builder.  Beginners are encouraged to study Volumes 1 & 2 first before attempting the projects in Volume 3.  This 121 page spiral bound book contains, but is not limited to, the following topics;

Detailed plans for building the following five vacuum tube amplifiers,
 

- AC 15, classic replica of a '50s VOX amp with push-pull EL84 output, minus the vibrato

- 1958 mdl. Marshall, classic replica of a '60s Marshall with push-pull EL84 output

- Princeton AA1164, classic replica of a '60s Fender amp with push-pull 6V6 output

- EH150, classic replica of a '40s Gibson amp with push-pull 6L6 output w/microphone preamp used as an overdrive circuit.

- DR130, a classic replica of a '70s Hiwatt amp with quad EL84 output

Parts list, chassis drilling guide, component installation details, wire-by-wire hook-up, voltage charts and schematics are featured.

Additionally, the following topics are also covered in detail;

Universal Grounding Schemes

White Noise Minimization

High Voltage Adjustment Strategy