Here’s another MXR carbon copy repair – this one had been damaged by the use of the wrong power supply. I’ve repaired quite a few of these Carbon Copy pedals – the older ones are prone to an ESD related fault that’s quite easily fixed. This is the first carbon copy I’ve seen since MXR […]
This Laney speaker change job came down from York last week. The Laney VC30s are ...
This Orange amp repair is a particularly shocking example of an amp which someone has ...
This JCM900 repair arrived after the owner found that it was lacking in volume. It’s ...
Now, is it good things or bad things that come in threes? It must be ...
Shortly after the Confetti 1962 vintage ac30 repair arrived, this vintage Vox repair turned up ...
I am offering a guitar amplifier repair service repairing audio electronic equipment (valve and transistor based) in Newark, Nottinghamshire.
I offer a fast and friendly service that is competitively priced. I qualified with a Masters in Electronic Engineering from the University of York and studied under a well-respected guitar amplifier repair and manufacturer in the North of England. I gained extensive experience of amp servicing in this position and during my time as amp repairman and salesperson for a major musical instrument retailer.
Ampworks: Guitar Amplifier Repair and Design in Newark
I currently work as a development engineer for a world-leading audio engineering company and dedicate my spare time to the repair and design of guitar and bass amplifiers. As an active musician, playing in a range of different bands, I really do understand how crucial it is to have your gear in top condition!
Please have a look around, I’ve repaired amplifiers by all of the main manufacturers, including Fender, Marshall and Vox and kept my customers boutique and unusual designs (Cornford, Carvin, Dr Z) in top quality.
If your beloved guitar amplifier or bass amplifier is in need of repair, servicing, upgrading or modifying, then please do get in touch to discuss your needs.
No fault found with this Art tube mic preamp repair, however I did get a chance to do some interesting tests on the unit’s distortion characteristics. The first picture shows the unit distorting with signals at three different input levels. The Blue trace is basically clean. Part of the valve ‘sound’ is that Valves clip […]
This amp is a Rebel 30 by Egnater. At first, I had a bit of trouble with the Egnater repair but I’m pleased to say that I found a solution for the customer. The diagnosis itself didn’t prove a problem, the problem was simply the gain potentiometer itself. This is a dual ganged part (2 […]
This Blackstar repair was a simple valve amp service before the amplifier was sold. The amp is a series 1-45 2×12 combo. It’s a fantastic 2 channel amp with 4 modes, bright Clean, warm clean, Crunch and Super Crunch. The amplifier uses Blackstar’s DPR and ISF patents, you can read more about Blackstar’s DPR on […]
Recently, a Blackstar amp repair was brought to my workshop in Newark. The amp was an HT40 (the Club 40 combo) in working condition, but the owner wanted to try a new set of EL34 power valves in the amp. He selected a matched pair of Tung Sol with slightly higher gain (according to my […]
Below is an extract from an email conversation with a customer who asked for some impartial advice on a popular ‘mod’. I’ve redacted names, images and product links. I’ve no wish to slander anyone or their products, but I do hope to bring some clarity in a field awash with mis-information. All opinions are my own, if […]
The guys over at Confetti in Nottingham brought me this vintage AC30 repair. It appears to be a 1962 JMI era Vox model but I’m an amp tech, not an amp historian, so I may be mistaken! It’s definitely an AC30/6 model, only made in smooth black vinyl in 1962. It’s very nice! The customer […]
This mesa boogie bass amp repair had the highest power valve count I’ve seen. The amp uses no less than twelve 5881 6L6 valves! Like the recent fender amp repair this valve amp was blowing fuses. Also like the fender repair, the failure was down to a damaged power tube. Two in fact. Much is […]
A customer brought this fender repair to me with a common complaint. The valve amp was blowing a fuse every time the standby switch was turned on. A valve amp blowing fuses can be a number of things, but in this case I suspected that the amp probably had a faulty power valve. This turned […]
What a huge beast this Ampeg repair is! Weighing in at an incredibly heavy 32kg I wasn’t sure that my workbench would take the strain! It’s an SVT ii powered by 6 KT88 output valves meaning two massive transformers, owner for three mains and one for the output stage. When both must be capable of […]