We do all guitar repair, restoration, refinishing and setup work as well as pick up rewinds and amp and pedal electronics repairs. If it's broken or not playing like it should, we'll fix it.
The retail shop stocks and sells a full range of hardware, leads, strings etc and we have exclusive dealerships so check out the pricelists for the best prices around.

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February 25, 2010

The Tym Big Bottom VII

The new Big Bottom VII will be out soon. I've been working on this with Stew for some time now. It's basically the same idea as the original Big Bottom that was designed in conjunction with the late Dean Turner of legendary Aussie band Magic Dirt as an "effect" that could be put in your pedal chain to use guitar effects with a bass guitar.
Here's the original BB's description.
"The idea behind this great pedal is to split the signal coming from your bass guitar and send the mid to high frequencies through an effects loop to any guitar effects pedals, while keeping your bass frequencies clean. This eliminates the loss of bottom end that bass players would normally experience when using guitar effects pedals. You get a clean BIG BOTTOM and an effected main signal."

Operation is simple.
The guitar is plugged into the IN jack.
From the SEND jack connect a patch lead to the input of your effects pedals.
From the output of your effects pedals connect a patch lead to the RETURN jack of the Big Bottom.
The OUT jack is sent to your amp.
It’s that simple.
DO NOT plug the pedals send/return loop into the effects loop of your amp. The unit is 9 volt battery powered with access through the bottom plate OR 9 volt external power supply.

The Big Bottom VII will have the added advantage of a bypass stomp switch to eliminate the "effect" and send your signal directly through and also the very requested function of volumes for each "loop" giving the ability to "blend" the amount of each signal into the overall signal. This means you can have your effects on full and adjust the amount of that pedal is in the "mix" or if you'd prefer more bottom end to top end, just back off the treble side a little.

All profits from these pedals go to the Dean Turner trust fund for his family.
The BBII should be available from April 2010.

Valvetone Impact 10

The new Valvetone Impact 10 Watt is in and holy crap ........... As you probably know we've been stocking the 2W version for some time and it's seriously one of the fastest selling items in stock.
These are all hand made by Darryl in Australia and the construction is "beautiful" point to point, mil spec using mostly NOS parts. It is truly something to behold looking inside one of Darryl's amps.
The 10 Watt is fantastic. Like the 2W, it seems a little "under speced" and seems louder than 10 Watts, but that's point to point, mil spec at it's best.
This one is housed in a nice little solid pine cabinet and has input, gain switch, bright switch, volume, tone and master volume. Back panel has IEC power input with fuse, switch and output socket (8 Ohm optimum)
This is a beautiful little amp all round and impresses as much as the 2W did. At ONLY $575 Aus, it is an absolute steal. Amazing. Darryl, you've done it again.
As always, check out AGGH for reviews and comments.

February 24, 2010

Toadworks pedals

Toadworks pedals are HERE NOW.
We just got the new PIPELINE Vibrato/Tremolo pedal in.
Come and try it out.

Tym Lemon Sournote 120

Back in the late 60's a small amplifier/radio repair company in northern England teamed up with a very savvy businessman from London and created a line of amps that were strikingly appealing and sounded incredible. The sound was due to the amplifier company having been designing, repairing and building amps for almost 20 years at that point and was owned by an incredible electronic engineer. The look was thanks to the young businessman who knew to sell something it had to look "appealing" to the young players of the day.

The Lemon by Tym guitars is an accurate re-creation of that late 60's amp made by this northern UK manufacturer with some modern appointments like a stand by, custom handmade transformers and a master volume thrown in for good measure. Available in 80W or 120W versions it has all the trademark tones of these now very collectable originals and is physically identical to the vintage amps it's paying homage to.

The handmade, hand welded steel chassis holds two handmade transformers with massive amounts of grain orientated steel. These transformers are based on the original transformers but wound for tighter, more focused frequency response to suit the amp design, giving less "flab" once the extremes of tolerances are approached.

The circuit is identical to the late 60's/early 70's version known today as the GT or "Graphic" by collectors, but using modern, high quality components mounted on thick, high quality PCB with chassis mounted power valves, pots and jacks but with the advantage of a master volume. An effects loop like the original is available at a very nominal fee. The amp is designed to run EL34, 6L6, KT77 .......... with just a re-bias.

The faceplate is also in homage to the original amps with the big knobs and handles all there to help give that incredibly striking look. The controls from left to right are inputs, FAC, Hz, KHz, Drive, Volume, Master, stand by and power. The originals didn't have a stand by but we have added this for extended valve and component life.

The sleeve is exactly original size and dimensions (in fact your vintage chassis will bolt straight in) with "picture frame" front and is done in yellow to keep with the theme but, like all our amps is available in any colour currently being offered.

The matching Lemon 4x10 speaker cab is also done in yellow and is available with Jensen Neodymium speakers for that big round bottom end and sparkling highs that these amps are famous for. Other speakers are available on request and any one of our cabs can be custom ordered matching the head.

These amps and cabs are made here in Brisbane by hand for players who want locally made quality gear. We're not trying to re-invent the wheel or claim to be "boutique". We're just making amps, pedals, speaker cabs and guitars they way they used to be made. By hand by people who care and are passionate about what they do. We only use the best quality components available to us and try, wherever possible to use local or Australian manufacturers where quality isn't compromised.