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1960 Tweed Bassman-Hendrix Tone Sound Check #1
 
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You can see I turned the Bassman to 5 on this one. I got rid of the OCD so this is pure Bassman until I kick in the wah-wah. I'm always experimenting with the Flip placement but I think I've reached its limits. I wish I had a better recording method. I could do it with the mics I have but I'm just lazy. I'm using my 1964 Black Strat on this tuned down to D. This Strat has fairly weak pickups that match up well with the powerful Bassman. After ten years of doing this and making basically nothing for my effort, I thought I would make a PayPal.Me link just in case anyone would like to contribute to the cause. I think my wife would be impressed if I showed her I could actually make a little money doing this. Any amount would be appreciated and you know I always try to answer all of your comments and take all of your requests. I don't know of a lot of YouTube channels that do that. Thank you in advance for your kind gift. Just PayPal me at https://paypal.me/Millstap. bitcoin donations: 3QHM7M7WAjy1cxKtH8uiPNwzLVxEdbwhWJ
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Hendrix Little Wing-Whole Song up to the Solo on a 1960 Fender Bassman
 
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I just felt like finally doing this because most of the videos are just the intro and not the verses. I think the verse fills are more interesting than the intro. I am playing through a clean Bassman cranked a little to 4. Frogslips, I will do the bass runs on "You Got Me Floatin" on the next video. This mainly just shows the positions on the neck where each part is played. If you want me to go through each part, let me know. It took a while to pick this out by slowing it down using Transcribe.
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Hendrix "Earth Blues" - People, Hell, and Angels - A Work in Progress
 
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I did not want to spend a lot of time getting this note for note so I thought I would put it out there so everyone could play around with it. Hendrix always makes it interesting by never playing the same thing twice. If you listen to the song, you will hear on the main riff going down from Ab to Gb, he uses at least four variations and one time he moves up to the 14th fret, going to the 12th fret (A form). Just play around with it. It does not have to be perfect.
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EVO Gold Fretwire-Highly Recommended!
 
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Correction: Luthier's Mercantile website is lmii.com. I've been searching for the ultimate fret and finally found it. The part number is FW55090 which is 4 feet of .055 (H) x .090 (W) wire. This is enough for one neck and is $16.75 including shipping. I have refretted a 1962 and 1964 Strat with this wire and I love it. No more worn out nickel/silver frets. On a Vickers hardness scale, it is HV5/250, stainless is HV5/300, and nickel/silver is HV5/200. If you are tired of wearing out frets, I highly recommend this wire. Plus, it looks cool on your neck although most people won't notice the goldish tone. But, they will notice the awesome tone of your guitar. It does not add any shrill brightness to your tone. If anything, you will have a little more sustain and smoothness to your bends.
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MY AMERICAN DAD TRIES SPANISH FOOD
 
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This is from my daughter's channel, Sarah Miller Makeup. She pulled a fast one on my last night in Madrid and had me do this Spanish food taste test. I really enjoy most of the food in Spain but there are a few things I won't eat. Luckily she did not have those items on hand baby eels (yuk), anchovies in vinegar and oil (not bad), cockles (no), stuffed baby squid (no again), and barnacles which may be the cockles. I'm not sure but they look liked they were pulled off the bottom of a ship's hull. I do love the jamon (thinly sliced cured ham), sheep cheese, paella, gazpacho, wine, sangria, olives, and many others. And I love to wash it down with Fanta Lemon which you cannot find in the U.S. for some reason. I think it would be a top seller in the U.S.
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The Pentatonic Scale Position You Thought You Would Never Use
 
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Studying Jimi is a lot of fun. You always learn something new. He realized how easy it was to play very cool fills if he played in the key of F (see note at end about different tunings). He uses that key quite a bit and may be the reason he wrote "The Wind Cries Mary" in the key of F. When you use the second pattern of the minor pentatonic scale starting on the first fret (F), the notes fall neatly on the neck so you can use the open A, D, and G strings to your advantage. It is the F Maj pentatonic scale (1st Position) and also the 2nd position of the D Min. Pentatonic scale. This commentary assumes you are in standard tuning. In this video, I am actually tuned down a whole step to D. Jimi played in either standard E, 1/2 step down to Eb, and a whole step down to D. I wish I knew what made him pick a certain tuning at a concert.
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A SRV Tone Teaser
 
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This was supposed to be a short video as a teaser to the next. In the next video I was going to go through all of my Strats (4) and show that the pickups and the guitar have quite a bit to do with Stevie's tone or anyone else's for that matter. I think Stevie's #1 was a very special Strat. He just found the perfect one. They are all different. My black 1964 is as close as I can get to his. In the next video I will also play my 1962 that has 1966 pickups in it, a Nash with Lollars, and a 1957 Reissue with Custom Shop Texas Specials to compare them with the same amp settings. Then I will show you a few of my tricks I do to get different levels of overdrive from mild to super fuzz. After ten years of doing this and making basically nothing for my effort, I thought I would make a PayPal.Me link just in case anyone would like to contribute to the cause. I think my wife would be impressed if I showed her I could actually make a little money doing this. Any amount would be appreciated and you know I always try to answer all of your comments and take all of your requests. I don't know of a lot of YouTube channels that do that. Thank you in advance for your kind gift. Just PayPal me at https://paypal.me/Millstap. bitcoin donations: 3QHM7M7WAjy1cxKtH8uiPNwzLVxEdbwhWJ
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Getting Yelled At By My Wife and Son for Playing Too Loud!
 
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Okay, this is what happens when I cross the volume line, 1:40. You would think it happens all the time but today I decided to work on my Voodoo Chile tone using both Bassman amps, both on 5 with reverb, and an MXR Carbon Copy to simulate the Echoplex sound in the song. I really wish I had an Echoplex. You also see how grumpy I get when someone tells me to turn down. I think in life, you should be allowed to turn it up AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE!
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Hendrix Whammy Bar Demo on My 1964 Fender Stratocaster
 
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I finally decided to add the whammy bar back to my Strat. I pretty much block my bridges so if I break a string, I don't go out of tune. But, I think I will keep it on. It opens up a whole other realm of craziness that I can get into with feedback. I was watching a Hendrix video and said "hell yeah" I want that again. As you can hear the 1960 Bassman and 1964 Super Reverb do a good job of feeding back with help from my OCD and Ultimate Octave.
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Hendrix Tip of the Day - A .015" G String is a Must
 
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I originally tried the plain .015 ga. G string and took it off because it didn't stay in tune when I hit the whammy bar hard. I put it back on and it made my a life a lot easier. I've been working hard on "Hear My Train a Comin'" and realized how much easier it would be with the .15 ga. G string Jimi is supposed to have used. I believe it now because the bends sound much better and are way easier to do. You can begin to do all of those double string and behind the nut Jimi bends that only he does, with ease. If you are playing a lot of Hendrix this is a must.
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1964 Fender Vibroverb Cap Job
 
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This is my first full cap job on my vintage Vibroberb. I'm real happy I decided to do it. It sounds much better now. I still have to change the two 70mf/350v main filters in series. I ran out of them. At first I had no sound when I turned it on. Needless to say I had a slight panic attack but there was a simple solution. The filament heater wire had come loose on V2 (2nd preamp tube, 12AX7) It was a simple solder fix. I was glad I found it. It was probably always loose.
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Hendrix Little Wing Take #2 - up to the solo-1964 Blonde Piggyback Bassman with Leslie
 
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I had a few request from my original Little Wing and You Got Me Floatin' vids. One was to show the bass line for "You Got Me Floatin'" and the other was to use the Leslie you see in the background on Little Wing. The Blonde Bassman almost sounds better to me on this song. I also play along with the original Little Wing track so I can have the triangle and drums backing me.
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How to Play "Bleeding Heart" on Jimi Hendrix's "Valleys of Neptune" Album
 
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I've had a few request to show how this is played on my video "Hendrix on 1960 Fender Tweed Bassman and 1964 Super Reverb." I hope this helps. The main thing is seeing the position my hand is in and that the whole lick is played without moving your hand until you go down a whole step and repeat the lick. The rest is up to you to improvise. It is a fun jam. After ten years of doing this and making basically nothing for my effort, I thought I would make a PayPal.Me link just in case anyone would like to contribute to the cause. I think my wife would be impressed if I showed her I could actually make a little money doing this. Any amount would be appreciated and you know I always try to answer all of your comments and take all of your requests. I don't know of a lot of YouTube channels that do that. Thank you in advance for your kind gift. Just PayPal me at https://paypal.me/Millstap. bitcoin donations: 3QHM7M7WAjy1cxKtH8uiPNwzLVxEdbwhWJ
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1966 vs. 1964 Strat Hendrix Tone Check-The Wind Cries Mary
 
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Please excuse the flubs but I am just learning this song. This is mainly a comparison of two vintage Strat tones, the 1962 CAR Strat with 1966 electronics, and an original 1964 Black Strat. The Blackie is tuned to Eb and the CAR to E. I vote for the Blackie Strat. I am playing through the 1960 Bassman and 1964 Super Reverb.
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Vintage Fender Amps and Guitars (Tube Testers and why you need one)
 
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The 1960 Tweed Bassman went on the blink today and I fixed it already. This is why you need a tube tester.
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How to Play Honky Tonk Women Correctly
 
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I did this years ago but was looking for it and realized it was lost in the mix. I decided to cut it down to just playing with the backing track and repost. There is a link to the lesson video at the end of this video. You have to take off the 6th string, tune to open G, and tune it to a sweetened tuning for G which flattens the 3rd to make notes blend together better.
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Brown Sugar & Honky Tonk Woman - 1964 Tele Cranked on Vintage Fender Amps
 
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I was practicing for the gig and thought you might appreciate the cool old Tele sound on vintage amps. This is tuned to G with the E string removed like Keith did. It is the only way you can play these songs.
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My Complete Vintage Fender Amp Line Up
 
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I said I promised my wife I would clean out my room. Well, here goes. I wonder what she will think when she finds out I'm now keeping all the amps in the living room. I am posting this to see if anyone has any requests when I do the video of me playing each amp in order. Let me know if there is anything you want to see or hear.
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Vintage Fender Amps and Guitars Demo (Part 1-Tweed Bandmaster)
 
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This is a rare 1959 Fender Tweed Bandmaster that is still gigging today. It has all NOS tubes including RCA Blackplate 6L6GC's
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1960 Tweed Bassman - Hendrix Tone Sound Check #4
 
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I tried one more time to duplicate #2 with the extra reverb. I went into some more craziness in this video. I think the amp still sounds great except maybe just a little different due to tube changes, pickup changes, etc.
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Street Parade - Little Wing - American Heart Association Heart Walk 2013
 
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Some of these songs are cut off for a reason. I had a few brain farts that really pissed me off so I cut them out. But, the overall sound was good. I cranked the amp up to around 5 on this one but I did not get the pickup in the out-of-phase position 4 like Jimi did. I have a 3 position switch so if it pops out, I don't have the space in the song to fiddle with the switch to get it back in between positions.
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1960 Tweed Bassman-Hendrix Tone Sound Check #2
 
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Here I am still experimenting with the amp settings. I turned the presence and treble up, as well as the volume to 6. I did not jump the channels. I may try that on #3. I will go over the equipment I am using on Sound Check #3 After ten years of doing this and making basically nothing for my effort, I thought I would make a PayPal.Me link just in case anyone would like to contribute to the cause. I think my wife would be impressed if I showed her I could actually make a little money doing this. Any amount would be appreciated and you know I always try to answer all of your comments and take all of your requests. I don't know of a lot of YouTube channels that do that. Thank you in advance for your kind gift. Just PayPal me at https://paypal.me/Millstap. bitcoin donations: 3QHM7M7WAjy1cxKtH8uiPNwzLVxEdbwhWJ
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Keeping Your Strat Tremolo In Tune - The Final Verdict - What Did Jimi Do?
 
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You open up a real can of worms when you start discussing the Fender Strat tremolo tuning problems and how to solve them. This is (hopefully) my final opinion on the subject. First, how you set up your tremolo should be based on your playing style. Carl Verheyen sets his up a certain way because he bends up to pitch a lot. Jimi sets his up for extreme dive bombs. So set yours accordingly. In this video I found that floating 1/16" off of the body was a little too much for my style. I prefer the sound and feel of it just a hair off (1/64-1/32") or touching the body. I found that you may get a little more stability if you float it just a hair. I love playing my reverse headstock. Once you play one, you may never go back to standard. It makes it easier to quickly bend the plain strings and the bass strings sound better. I found that I nullify that effect of the headstock if I float the bridge 1/16". That is why I reduced it. The guitar sounds and plays better to me. The springs will stretch too easily and you have to bend more to get to the same pitch because you also have to stretch the springs some. I show some closeup photos of Jimi's Woodstock Strat during the concert in 1969 and you can see that he has his tremolo either decked or very close to the body. He had his tremolo completely under control during the set. So, like I said, set yours up according to your playing style, decked if you don't use it, floating 1-64" to 1/16" if you use it and want some stability, and maybe a little more if you want a really smooth tremolo for chords like in SRV's Lenny or Riviera Paradise. And don't forget to lubricate the contact points before a gig and maybe even during breaks.
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1960 Fender Tweed Bassman-Hendrix Voodoo Chile
 
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This is a follow up to my Hendrix Sound Check #1. Most people would rather see my fingers than the amp. I am playing through the Normal channel on this one vs. the Bright channel on the other video. I have both volumes on 6. I am tuned down to D which is what gives the guitar that cool low tone. I only have the Fulltone Supa-Trem on with the Mix knob all the way off. These are great little tone boosters. I always have it on. If I want to use the Tremolo, I hit the Hard switch. Normally, it is on Soft so you cannot hear it with the Mix down. After ten years of doing this and making basically nothing for my effort, I thought I would make a PayPal.Me link just in case anyone would like to contribute to the cause. I think my wife would be impressed if I showed her I could actually make a little money doing this. Any amount would be appreciated and you know I always try to answer all of your comments and take all of your requests. I don't know of a lot of YouTube channels that do that. Thank you in advance for your kind gift. Just PayPal me at https://paypal.me/Millstap. bitcoin donations: 3QHM7M7WAjy1cxKtH8uiPNwzLVxEdbwhWJ
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Message to Love - Sort of How to Play
 
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I just threw this out there because I thought is was a really cool riff that Hendrix came up with. It is fun to play so I thought I would suggest it to you guys.
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Homemade Lexan Amp Baffles using parts from Home Depot
 
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I wanted to show you guys how to make cheap amp baffles out of Lexan. I bought all of the parts from Home Depot. All you need is a sheet of Lexan and one long piano hinge. Use a circular saw to cut the sheet into the size you need, cut the hinge to fit, line up the hinge on the sheets, drill the holes, screw on the hinge, and viola! Cheap amp baffles ala Joe Bonamassa so you can crank you amp in a small club without blowing everyone away. If you need more noise reduction, velcro some foam to the panels and mic the amp through the PA.
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1959 Tweed Bassman - Hendrix Tone Sound Check #1
 
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I'm starting another series featuring the 1959 Bassman so everyone can get an idea of how each amp sounds a little different. Everything makes a difference, the type of tubes, how they are biased, the voltage you are running it at, the speakers and if they've been reconed and by whom, the cabinet wood, the condition of the Tweed, etc. They sound very similar but a little different. This one has more of the original elelctrolytic capacitors in it. The 1960 has a beefed up filtering section that gives it a little more bass response. Together, they match up very well and I don't want them to sound identical. The amp is clean during the body of the song and I do kick in the Fuzz Face towards the end which you should be able to hear.
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My Germanium Fuzz / OCD Tone Secret
 
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I thought this might be valuable information for the young guitarist starting out. I never used to touch the volume knob on my guitar because I did not think it sounded good below 10 but back then, I also didn't have two good overdrive pedals. The OCD is running on 18v which cleans it up and makes it a better overdrive pedal. The new Dunlop FFM2 (Germanium) is just about cranked. I really like the sound and the power the fuzz gives the guitar albeit the noise factor. I'm using my old Area 51 drop-in wah wah kit. It is a 1964 Strat on a 1959 Bassman amp, also going through a 1963 vintage Fender reverb unit. After ten years of doing this and making basically nothing for my effort, I thought I would make a PayPal.Me link just in case anyone would like to contribute to the cause. I think my wife would be impressed if I showed her I could actually make a little money doing this. Any amount would be appreciated and you know I always try to answer all of your comments and take all of your requests. I don't know of a lot of YouTube channels that do that. Thank you in advance for your kind gift. Just PayPal me at https://paypal.me/Millstap. bitcoin donations: 3QHM7M7WAjy1cxKtH8uiPNwzLVxEdbwhWJ
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The Mystery of the Fender Bassman 5F6-A Schematic - Cracking the Code
 
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In this video and at the end of this description I document all of the differences in two original Fender Tweed Bassman amps, 1959 and 1960, as compared to the old schematic. They were relatively untouched when I purchased them so all of the repairs and changes have been done by me. The 1959 was particularly clean and was a great reference point. Recently a major amp builder in Texas was inquiring about particular sections of the circuit because he looks at this 1960 as a good benchmark for the classic Bassman tone. Coincidentally, he opened my eyes to all of the inconsistencies between my amps and the old 5F6-A schematic. Quote from "Fender, The Sound Heard 'Round the World" - Dick Dale says: " He (Leo Fender) was constantly tweaking the designs, oh God, back and forth, back and forth. Boy, he'd call me up and say, 'Dick, come on down, I got something . . . try this . . . let's see how this works.' So, he always fine-tuned. He never settled. After tinkering in the lab, Leo would take his new idea to a worker wiring chassis in the plant. Without telling anyone else, he would have her change the value of a component, sometimes in the middle of a production run. Forrest White recalled his confusion one day when a befuddled final inspector noticed units not meeting an important specification. White soon discovered the mystery resulted from Leo's creative tampering upstream. Fed up with such mischief and disruptions, White posted a sign mandating that no one make changes in circuits without his written permission." Here are the differences from the old 5F6-A schematic which have actually been updated in the newer '59 Reissue schematic. The new schematic confirms my assertion that the old schematic was never updated with the changes they made in the factory. I had read somewhere when Fender was working on the design of the Reissue, they went through all of the circuit iterations on file to find the best sounding one and settled on the circuit that is exactly like my 1960 Bassman. I had also read somewhere or saw in a video where they found their favorite Bassman amp and copied the actual circuit in the amp. Either way, they settled on the exact circuit that is in this 1960 Bassman which is so popular on YouTube. Here are most of the differences and inconsistencies between the real deal and the old schematic: Heater wire: 1959 is 18AWG solid core wire throughout, 1960 has 20AWG solid core wire throughout Both amps have 100K slope resistors, schematic shows 56K Coupling cap going from slope resistor to Treble pot shows .02uF/400v on the schematic but is .1uf/400v on both amps Schematic shows 1M Audio taper pots on both volumes, both amps have 1M Linear taper pots Bass pot on the schematic shows 1M Audio: 1960 has 1M Audio, 1959 has 250K Linear. Middle pot on the schematic is 25K Linear: 1959 has 25K Linear, 1960 has 50K Linear with 56K resistor soldered from right lug to ground. Presence pot on the schematic is 5K Linear: 1959 has 25K Linear with 4.7K resistor soldered from right lug to ground, 1960 has 50K Linear with 4.7K resistor soldered from right lug to ground. Tail resistor in phase inverter section is 10K 1 watt on the schematic: 1959 has a 10K 1 watt resistor, 1960 has a 6.8K 1 watt resistor. Electrolytic Filtering Capacitors: 1959 and 1960: B+: Two 220uF/350V Kendrick caps in series bridged with two 220K resistors for a final value of 110uF/700V rating Screens: 40uF/500V Kendrick cap Phase Inverter: 20uF/500V Sprague Atom Preamp: 8uF/450V Sprague Atom Old Schematic: B+: Two 20uF/600V caps in parallel for a final value of 40uF/600V rating-600V Sprague Atoms don't fit so everyone uses 500V now Screens: 20uF/600V cap-use 500V now Phase Inverter: 20uF/600V cap-use 500V now Preamp: 8uF/450V cap '59 Reissue Schematic: B+: Two 100uF/350V caps in series bridged with two 220K resistors for a final value of 50uF/700V rating Screens: Two 47uF/350V caps in series bridged with two 220K resistors for a final value of 23.5uF/700v rating Phase Inverter: 22uF/500V cap Preamp: Two 22uF/500V caps in parallel for a final value of 44uF/500V rating. Note: Gerald Weber says this should remain at 8uF/450V. Too high will affect tone in the preamp tubes. This is all I have found so far. Hopefully that is it. I should note that all of the date codes on all of the pots are correct and accurate. A lot of them on the 1959 are 921 or the 21st week of 1959 and the 1960 has 6004 which is the 4th week of 1960. So it looks like these amps were built maybe less than a year apart or around 35 weeks approximately. Serial numbers are BM02734 (1959) & BM03333 (1960). As soon as I get the 6.8K 1 watt resistor for the 1959, I will try to do another soundcheck to see if we can notice a difference in tone. Honestly, to me the 1959 still sounds good but still everyone always votes for the 1960.
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Power to Love - A Closer Look, Part 2
 
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I go over a portion of the beginning solo where Jimi first kicks in the wah-wah. I just show the first licks. I will correct the last, most difficult lick in Part 3. I think I have the correct and easier way to play that one that I discovered after making this video. This whole series may end up being 5 or 6 parts.
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Crash Landing - A Closer Look at Jimi's Bends
 
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Every Hendrix song has some kind of guitar jewel in it that he left for all to find and enjoy. Crash Landing is one of his more unusual songs with a lot of experimentation in it. He does some difficult, innovative string bending in this song. Be sure to change your G string to a .015". It will make your life easier. I'm tuned down 1/2 step to Eb. I always refer to the neck notes as if the guitar was tuned to E. So when I say B, in reality, it is a Bb.
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The Quintessential SRV Rig - 1964 Vibroverb, Super Reverb, & Strat
 
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It dawned on me that I had never done a video combining the 1964 Vibroverb with the 1964 Super Reverb. And, it just so happens I have a 1964 Strat to go along with it. A subscriber had inquired about the Vibroverb and that made me realized I had never tried that combination. I attempt to play some SRV. I'm a little rusty but you get the idea that these amps are what he used in the beginning before the Dumbles. His Vibroverbs were modded by Cesar Diaz with bigger output transformers, solid state rectifiers, and Electro-Voice speakers. Of course, you need a Tube Screamer or OCD to make it all work for solos and a good vintage Vox wah-wah. I am using a Clyde Clone Area 51 wah-wah at the end which is a dead copy of the Vox. Gear: Original 1964 Vibroverb with JBL D-130F speaker, RCA black plate 6L6GC's, Original 1964 Super Reverb with four 10" Jensen ceramic speakers (I think Stevie preferred the CTS ceramics) also with RCA 6L6GC backplate power tubes. Both amps have Amperex "Made in Holland" 12AX7's in V2 position. An original 1964 Stratocaster with Former pickups with the bridge and middle wound by Abigail Ybarra. A V.4 Fulltone OCD, an Area 51 Clyde Clone wah-wah. After ten years of doing this and making basically nothing for my effort, I thought I would make a PayPal.Me link just in case anyone would like to contribute to the cause. I think my wife would be impressed if I showed her I could actually make a little money doing this. Any amount would be appreciated and you know I always try to answer all of your comments and take all of your requests. I don't know of a lot of YouTube channels that do that. Thank you in advance for your kind gift. Just PayPal me at https://paypal.me/Millstap. bitcoin donations: 3QHM7M7WAjy1cxKtH8uiPNwzLVxEdbwhWJ
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Homemade Leslie for Guitar-Finale
 
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This is the last step in the Leslie project. I edited this video to cut out the repeated sequences. This was a great project. My bass player said we should make a homemade Leslie for my guitar. This turned out way better than anything we could have made from scratch. I don't think he knew that you could buy these units on ebay. I had been looking at rotary speaker effects boxes but why not have the real thing. This is more organic and the sound spreads around the room naturally. Very cool. I finished the cab with poly and it looks great. After ten years of doing this and making basically nothing for my effort, I thought I would make a PayPal.Me link just in case anyone would like to contribute to the cause. I think my wife would be impressed if I showed her I could actually make a little money doing this. Any amount would be appreciated and you know I always try to answer all of your comments and take all of your requests. I don't know of a lot of YouTube channels that do that. Thank you in advance for your kind gift. Just PayPal me at https://paypal.me/Millstap. bitcoin donations: 3QHM7M7WAjy1cxKtH8uiPNwzLVxEdbwhWJ
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How To PLAY HONKY TONK WOMEN Intro Correctly
 
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It's probably not much of a secret nowadays that Keith played with five strings tuned to Open G. But, I have a lot of international subscribers that may not know this trick. I show you the basics with the G tuning and the rest is up to you. It is best to listen to the song at a slower speed to pick up on the nuances of rhythm and note variations that Keith does between the first and second verses. On the album Keith's guitar is tuned to a sharp open G. It is best to tune your guitar to the song so it is easier to hear. On my Stroboflip tuner, I can raise the cents until I get the G matched to the G of my now sharp guitar. Then I can use the tuner to tune the rest of the strings. Sweetened tunings are great for guitar. The Stroboflip (not made anymore but there are newer versions) has a sweetened Dobro tuning that I use for open chords. It flattens the 3rd of several open key tunings I use which makes the chord blend together better. Be sure to check out the second part "Honky Tonk Women Lesson Part #2" where I play it a little better with a backing track. After ten years of doing this and making basically nothing for my effort, I thought I would make a PayPal.Me link just in case anyone would like to contribute to the cause. I think my wife would be impressed if I showed her I could actually make a little money doing this. Any amount would be appreciated and you know I always try to answer all of your comments and take all of your requests. I don't know of a lot of YouTube channels that do that. Thank you in advance for your kind gift. Just PayPal me at https://paypal.me/Millstap. bitcoin donations: 3QHM7M7WAjy1cxKtH8uiPNwzLVxEdbwhWJ
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Birthday Party in Madrid
 
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All you need is some chorizo and a good Spanish beer (Mahou) and you have an instant Spanish party. Thank goodness for the pool because it has been over 100 degrees F every day. Mahou is a really great beer especially on tap, which is super cold in all of the tapas bars.
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NEW!! Denis Cornell Handwired Fuzz Face IS IN THE HOUSE!
 
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I couldn't stand it and had to get the word out quickly. This thing is a monster when compared to my old Dunlop Mini Fuzz Face (FFM2). A shout out to my MATE in the UK, Chris King Ronbinson, for hand picking this one for me and Edward Kim who was kind enough to contact me and tell me I needed to check these out. It's a beast and I need to figure out how to tame it before I start recording. It's old style with no true bypass or 9V adapter jack, just battery. AC128 transistors in this one. I think the big pots and point-to-point wiring make a big difference over the mini components in the Mini Fuzz Face. Stay tuned. More to come. Here is Chris King Robinson with Denis Cornell at his shop. https://twitter.com/ChrisKingRMusic/status/992150211844853767
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Hendrix on 1960 Fender Tweed Bassman and 1964 Super Reverb
 
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I love this combination of amps. Just an amazing sound live. I've only got the amps on 3 in the room. I give a few tips on getting a good sound out of your Bassman and Super Reverb combo. A good example of the touch sensitivity of the Fulltone OCD starts around 6:50. I recently switched to an inexpensive guitar cable, Proel, which is made in Italy. You can get them cheap with free shipping online. The high end guitar cable market is mostly hype. The audience will never know the difference anyway. After ten years of doing this and making basically nothing for my effort, I thought I would make a PayPal.Me link just in case anyone would like to contribute to the cause. I think my wife would be impressed if I showed her I could actually make a little money doing this. Any amount would be appreciated and you know I always try to answer all of your comments and take all of your requests. I don't know of a lot of YouTube channels that do that. Thank you in advance for your kind gift. Just PayPal me at https://paypal.me/Millstap. bitcoin donations: 3QHM7M7WAjy1cxKtH8uiPNwzLVxEdbwhWJ
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My Favorite Hendrix Jam on a Vintage 1959 Fender Bassman
 
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I thought I would change the title so more people would get a chance to hear the 1959 Bassman. I've enjoyed cranking this on my truck stereo.
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How to Keep Your Standard Stratocaster Tremolo In Tune
 
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You would think I would know this after all of these years but today I learned something. I've done just about everything in the past to try to keep my tremolo in tune. I love to dive bomb a`la Jimi Hendrix so it is imperative that it stays in tune. I always thought that it was the nut that was the problem with strings hanging up. Today I realized that the strings can also hang up on the bridge string saddles. My strings always form slight wear grooves on the tops of the saddles so I think this compounds the problem. I guess if you used some Graph Tech saddles that would also solve the problem but I don't like the way they sound. Try the lube that I just bought. I think it works fine. It is water thin so it penetrates anything and it dries almost instantly, leaving a thin film of Teflon. Here is the link to the Dupont Teflon lubricant: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BCVXUR6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 This is also a video from Fender Master Builder John Cruz that shows exactly what I do to my Strat saddles at every string change. I had been doing this for years on my own. I was glad to see a Fender guy was having the same issues as me. I think the dry lube may be a little cleaner and may last longer. https://youtu.be/eDU8nqQdXfw
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Jimi Hendrix Red House (Slight Return Fender Tone Check)
 
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It was sounding great in my room so I had to record it. I love this song. The old Strat and MXR Carbon Copy make it sound close. I tried a different camera angle just to see if the sound would be better. I think I need to put the camera right where my ears are.
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Voodoo Chile Tone Check - This is THE Tone From the Studio
 
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This is it! I finally figured out how Jimi got that awesome tone at The Record Plant in New York, on that early morning jam session with Steve Winwood, Jack Casady, and Mitch Mitchell. Side note: Noel Redding stormed out of the studio before this was recorded because he was tired of Jimi bringing back large groups of people from his nightly bar outings. So that is why Jack from the Jefferson Airplane played bass on this. The large group of twenty+ hangers on were who made the crowd noises at the end of the song. By the way, two of the outtakes were put together and released on the Blues album. They don't sound near as good as this one on Electric Ladyland. Jimi used a Bassman amp on this song (Wikipedia Voodoo Chile). I've always marveled at the clear bass notes he was able to get. I attributed it to masterful recording techniques or Marshall amps until I was able to duplicate it. It finally dawned on me to turn the bass up on my amp. But, I never would have imagined turning it up to 8. I usually keep it around 1-1/2 because the Bassman has so much bass. This is absolutely the coolest tone. I suspect Jimi had his fuzz on the whole time. You can hear how clean it is even when I have my guitar on 7. I also suspect he had his Uni-Vibe in the chain and in "cancel" mode because I think that attenuated the fuzz effect a little bit. That is exactly the effect my Vibe-Baby circuit has on my Mini Fuzz Face (FFM2). I am still working on my recording techniques and am just learning how to adjust this new Blue Yeti microphone in GarageBand. Thank goodness I had it on because the amp blew away the two Flip UltraHD camera mics. A little bit of the delay is from me not being able to perfectly sync the audio from the Garageband audio file and the audio from the camera. They start out in sync and slowly get out of sync. I'm not sure this is curable. It must be from the different file formats or something. I had to have one camera audio on because you cannot hear my voice on the Yeti track. It sounds much better on a good sound system. I just listened to it on my IPhone and there was no bass at all. Too much for those little phone speakers. Music starts at 1:38 if you want to skip the gear explanation. 1:30-2:00 is just the vintage 1959 Bassman 2:00 is the vintage 1960 Bassman 2:45 Back to the 1959 Bassman for the rest of the video. Usually the 1960 sounds better but the 1959 was the one this day. The best take in my opinion starts at 3:00. After ten years of doing this and making basically nothing for my effort, I thought I would make a PayPal.Me link just in case anyone would like to contribute to the cause. I think my wife would be impressed if I showed her I could actually make a little money doing this. Any amount would be appreciated and you know I always try to answer all of your comments and take all of your requests. I don't know of a lot of YouTube channels that do that. Thank you in advance for your kind gift. Just PayPal me at https://paypal.me/Millstap. bitcoin donations: 3QHM7M7WAjy1cxKtH8uiPNwzLVxEdbwhWJ
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1960 Tweed Bassman - Hendrix Tone Sound Check #3
 
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This is a remake of a video I did back in January of 2012 titled 1960 Tweed Bassman - Hendrix Tone Sound Check #2. I wanted to compared the sound of my rig with that sound. Things have changed since then. Everything is the same including the camera angle and amp settings. I turned the reverb down more on this one. My black 1964 Strat has had the pickups re-magnetized. I throw in a few extra effects at the end like the Vibe Baby, Mini Fuzz Face, MXR Carbon Copy delay, and I also hit the OCD for a second. I am not positive but I think the amp was mis-wired back in 2012. I need to go check to be sure. Maybe you can compare the two videos. The point is that everything is always evolving with time sometimes for the better and sometimes not. In 2012 my board was a little different. I did not have the fuzz or the Vibe Baby back then. After ten years of doing this and making basically nothing for my effort, I thought I would make a PayPal.Me link just in case anyone would like to contribute to the cause. I think my wife would be impressed if I showed her I could actually make a little money doing this. Any amount would be appreciated and you know I always try to answer all of your comments and take all of your requests. I don't know of a lot of YouTube channels that do that. Thank you in advance for your kind gift. Just PayPal me at https://paypal.me/Millstap. bitcoin donations: 3QHM7M7WAjy1cxKtH8uiPNwzLVxEdbwhWJ
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Hendrix Tone Experiment #10-Red House on a 1964 Fender Blonde Piggyback Bassman
 
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Now if I only had an Echo Plex. I have been trying to get a Fulltone Tape Delay but I just can't bring myself to pay $1,000 for it. I am experimenting with mic placement. I stuck the camera next to the Leslie for the effect. This is the 1964 Blonde Bassman which has killer bass because of the two 12" closed cabinet with Celestions. I was forced to use the OCD to get the overdrive. Ideally, you would just want to crank the amp. The sound seems good. I will do a full video later.
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Hendrix Tone Experiment #9-You Got Me Floatin' on a 1960 Bassman Amp
 
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I have the Bassman on about 4-1/2 with no effects except a tiny bit of reverb. It goes to show that pure amp is the best for tone. I throw in a little OCD for comparison as well as some Ultimate Octave. I show me playing at 1:35.
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5F6-A Bassman Demo with input channels jumped-with and without Lexan baffles
 
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I finally got the sound I want out of the Bassman by jumping the channels. I had to put in a new coupling tone cap on the Normal channel because the old Astron was leaking DC. I demo the homemade Lexan baffle I made for playing in a small bar.
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Like a Rolling Stone - A Closer Look at Jimi's Licks
 
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I'm moving so slow from my surgery that I just wanted to get this series started. I will do a more in-depth look in the next part or parts. I've got this and the Country Blues series going now so I have a lot of work to do. Jimi's delicate attack is what makes this song so sweet. He goes from barely touching the strings to get a clean sound to really digging in hard to energize the Fuzz Face and his cranked amps. I'm using the Analog Man Voodoo Fuzz (Germanium) on this with the fuzz maxed out almost (4:00), and the volume around 3:00. My guitar volume is between 6-7 but I think I liked it closer to 7. I'm using an original 1959 Bassman amp. Jimi's fills between chords are what always interested me in this song. I show you a few here. There are three verses in the Monterey Festival version. He plays a different variation of his licks in each verse. His variety of chords and licks are what make him so great. I'm like you and cannot get enough. Enjoy.
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Vintage Fender Amps and Guitars Demo and Informational Video
 
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I wanted to share what I have learned about vintage Fender equipment over the last two years of collecting vintage Fender amps and guitars. I give some tricks for running two amps at once and some maintenance tips. Hopefully this will help you in deciding if you would like to purchase some vintage equipment. I have broken it down into many different parts so be sure to watch all of the videos.
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The Bassman in Action - All Along the Watchtower at the American Heart Assoc. Walkathon
 
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This is my band Street Parade. I don't ever remember starting a gig at 9:00 in the morning so here it is. This is just pure Bassman with no reverb, with Carbon Copy delay, (I wish I would have brought the reverb). It was a beautiful spring day down by Lake Pontchartrain at Fontainbleau State Park. This was for a great cause, heart health. I will post other videos later of the activities.
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Vintage Fender 5F6-A Tweed Bassman Circuit Schematic Discrepancies - Part 1
 
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This video is a precursor to another video or two that I will do explaining the differences in the old Fender 5F6-A schematic that everyone is familiar with and the factory modifications Fender did to the actual amps in late 1959, early 1960 but did not document them in the old schematic. It is fairly obvious when you look at the new reissue Bassman 5F6-A schematic that they knew of the changes and went with their favorite variation for the reissue. My original 1960 5F6-A circuit matches the reissue schematic almost exactly except for this 56K ohm resistor I show in this video that is on the Middle potentiometer. I did not think it was original but after removing it, I put it back on because it may be original. Removing it seemed to make the amp a little darker and bassier. Maybe it was a mod to make the amp more guitar friendly. It was very easy to solder the lead back on and test drive it again. I am not exactly sure what that resistor does to the signal so it could be I am imagining it but I will definitely leave it on. It seems to sound better with it on. I am going to add it to my 1959 Bassman just for fun to see if I notice a difference. Part 2 will come when I get all of my parts that I need to make the changes to the 1959 Bassman. I will have them side-by-side so you can see what I am doing. If anyone has ever seen this 56K ohm resistor on another Middle pot, please let me know. Also, a top name brand boutique amp company in Austin is going to send me their new Bassman clone hopefully soon. They want to see how it stacks up against this 1960 amp. It will be a new product for them although they have another amp that is very close to a Bassman. If it sounds great, you guys will have another option in owning a Bassman for less than half of what a real one cost.
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Midnight Lightning Tone and Madrid
 
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I thought I would leave you with the sound from a clean pair of vintage 1959 and 1960 Bassman amps with a little reverb and slap back echo. This is the Hendrix version from South Saturn Delta. I will be out for a couple of weeks visiting my family in Madrid, Spain. I may post a few videos from there if I find something interesting. You guys stay safe and I'll see you in a few weeks. Don't worry, I'm leaving my amp security detail behind.
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