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 Post subject: F50 Mods!
PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:36 am 
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I just sold my Heartbreaker and picked up an F50. Mainly because the HB weighed 90 pounds and didn't have enough gain for me anymore!
I only got to try it for a few minutes last night, but I really like the gain channel.
I didn't really find a clean setting that felt right to me, too stiff, but I can tell it's in there if I can get it set right.

Unfortunately, my wife didn't like the volume!

I'm planning on adding a few mods and will share them here when I'm done.
Here is what I'm thinking:
Series Loop - Parallel loop does nothing for me! I'll put the Channel Select switch where the Mix pot used to be maybe.....
Master Volume - I'll probably add a DC style Master Volume where the Chanel Select switch was
Smoother Cleans - I'll probably smooth out the cleans a little and make them more "Organic" sounding. I know a lot of guys rave about this clean channel, but the Heartbreaker cleans were incredible!
Bias Pot - I've pretty much stopped adding bias pots to my Mesa amps, but I'm dying to try this amp with 6V6's!
Contour Knob - Maybe an Express style Contour Knob?

Anybody have any mods I should try? Anybody have any mod ideas they would like for me to try and report back?

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 Post subject: Re: F50 Mods!
PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:05 pm 
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Hmm...you said the clean isn't great...How about forgetting the clean channel and altering the preamp circuitry to make channel 1 dirty and channel 2 outright nasty?

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 Post subject: Re: F50 Mods!
PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:24 pm 
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:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: The first amp I built had AC/DC for the clean channel and souped up Metaltronix/Lee Jackson for a lead channel!
I was thinking about trying to get Lonestar cleans out of it! The circuit is remarkably similar to the original Express. I think the Express sounded much warmer though because of the tube reverb. I don't think the solid state reverb does much for any amp......

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