Ampeg V-9 Guitar Amplifier (Power Section)

I had a chance to play on a mint original Ampeg V-9 guitar amplifier with distortion. The crunch on the distortion was alive, rich, unique and the power through a 4×12 V-2 cabinet was face melting.  The original cabinet had 9×12 speakers in upside V formation and one could only imagine the full fury of 300w Tube power through that monster. These original Magnavox USA tubes all pegged my century 100 tube tester to max power. Small little fires glow in them.

*For some reason I decided to re-cap this unit. Feelings were never the same after the sound changed.

Original Capacitors
Before Re-Cap

Effect Pedal of the Year 2017


The new Regan Fuzz with artwork by Alex Fine Illustration.

3 knob controls (volume, tone, gain) allow you to dial in everything from a dirty boost, to distortion, to thick fuzz!

The Reagan fuzz is based of the “Civil War” Version of the big muff.
It has all the classic sound but with with some modern upgrades. Including new components, 9v plug (standard 2.1mm), and true bypass switching.

Original illustration by Baltimore based artist Alex Fine.

Stereo Rackmount Mixers

For this setup I ran all the 16 synth’s into two 8 channel stereo mixers using 2 16ch snakes. I took the stereo mixes of each rack mixer and ran them into 2 stereo channels on the main mixer. Using the mute buttons I can easily select which synths to blend for unique single tracking sounds. This is helpful if you don’t have 32 available inputs for all your synths. During Installation custom ears were made to double mount the two mixers on the underside of this table becoming part of the main mixer sub mix controls.


Setting up Patch Bays Routing Configurations

Wiring all of your devices accessible in the signal line can be daunting if you don’t use patch bays. Whenever a larger number of devices are present patch bays help simplify. Wire every device and connection to your patch bay, IN’s and OUT’s. Using small patch cables you choose which effect, synth or keyboard to run. Here are some useful images to understand the different arrangements a patch bay may be configured. If you wondering which one to get, buy a full TRS patch bay with selectable routing on the front.

Custom Ampeg 5 PIN XLR V-7 V-3

This is the Ampeg V-7 Guitar Amplifier. The footswitch is a powered three channel XLR 5 Pin Configuration.  On the Main Board of the V-7 it controls what the switches modify. Located at the bottom of the schematic you will see where I labeled the 5 Pin XLR. Most of the time I wire my pedal to only have one button, for distortion. This unit above has the reverb and channel 1 as kick switches, pedal should be securely mounted to kick “ON” function.