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 26, 2011

Zvex Box of Rock

The Box of Rock is Z.Vex Effect's first "distortion" pedal, highly specialized to simulate the "everything on 10" sound of a classic Marshall JTM45 non-master-volume amplifier. You may use the Box of Rock effectively with many different amplifiers, but to get the sound I heard when I designed it, try it through a Marshall at least once. You may use your guitar's volume control to adjust for the exact amount of distortion you need, all the way down to very clean and clear with most drive settings. You will notice the words "distortron engine" on the Vexter version of this pedal (no, that's not a misprint) on the pedal. This is what I named my distortion circuit... call me crazy. On the hand-painted version, the stomp switch on the right is labeled "ROCK" instead, because our paint brushes are too wide for so many small letters.

The Box of Rock also contains an extremely high-headroom, unity-to-50X gain booster with nominal input impedance and low hiss. It is very similar to the SHO boost circuit, with refinements to make it sound more like a standard amp input and less glassy. The boost channel can be used alone or in conjunction with the "distortron engine" channel. The boost channel follows the distortion channel so that the distortion is able to hit your amp harder (at a higher volume) when both switches are engaged, for boosting solos and what-not.
Look out when boosting what-not. 8^)

The Controls:
Drive: Sets the amount of distortion. Start around 1:00 o'clock.
Tone: Adjust for treble content. Start around 2:00 o'clock.
Vol: Adjust for distortron engine volume level. Start around 9:00 o'clock.
Boost: Sets the boost level, which is engaged with the left stomp switch. Start around 11:00 o'clock.
The Drive and Boost controls are based on my original Super Hard-On gain control, so they may crackle when turned. This is perfectly normal.

In stock now. Please contact Tym guitars for more info and prices.

February 18, 2011

Phoenix Custom Electronics Lady Stardust

This pedal is based on the Vox Tonebender which is one of the first fuzzes ever produced, and was probably the basis for the famous Dallas Fuzz Face. Our version has the new Phoenix Range knob which allows you to dial in classic bright Vox Fuzz tones or blend in a larger output cap for progressively more bass response. The Lady stardust may seem bright at first, but try it through a cranked Marshall with a Les Paul and it's Mick Ronson all the way! This is a very versatile killer germanium fuzz pedal that will not disappoint. John Stewart and Prescott Kagan aided greatly in the design of this product.
Available now at Tym guitars.

February 16, 2011

Lava cable shipment in NOW

The Lava Clear Connect cable is Made in the U.S.A. and designed to be one of the very best guitar and instrument cable on the market. Featuring G&H Industries Pure Plug™ and Clear Connect Technology™- a patented process where the connectors are high-pressure crimped onto the cable, The Lava Clear Connect cable produces the purest signal path possible. At 26 pF per foot it's capacitance has been designed at the sweet spot for intsrument cables. With a large outer diameter of .260”, 98% shielding, and 99.999% pure Oxygen Free Copper (OFC) for both the shield and conductor, it is a world-class cable capable of superb performance in all situations.


Lava Solder-Free Pedal Board Kit. 10' Mini ELC Cable + 10 Lava Plugs + Stripping Tool.
Lava Cable along with G&H Industries has designed a revolutionary DIY solder-free plug specifically designed with tight tolerances to match the Lava Mini ELC cable. The Lava PlugTM is first solder-free DIY plug on the market not to use a set screw to make the ground connection. Instead, a sleeve making 360 degree ground and outer jacket contact is used. This new right angle plug was introduced at Summer NAMM and is the smallest DIY solder-free right angle plug on the market with a body width of .435" allowing for spacing between pedals of less than 1" or less than 1/2" when staggered.

Contact Tym guitars for more options and info.

February 15, 2011

Valve order just arrived

Just got a shipment of valves inc the new JJ EL844.
These have 25% less gain from an EL84 ........ so you wont have to pull vales out of your classic 30/50 , Delta Blues, Orange, Vox etc amps or buy a smaller amp. Yes, 12.5 watts drop will take a 50w down to about 37.5 or a 30W will drop from 30 down to about 22.5 watts. An EL...84 that will dissipate right at 9 watts rather than 12 watts which will be a great option for players who want to get to the sweet spot at a little lower volume.
We also got our usual line up of JJ, EH, Sovtek, Tube Amp Doctor, Groove Tubes, EI, Valve Art and Winged C as well as some good stock of Mullard and Svetlana valves as well. We have Mullard EL34's and 12AX7's which are both GREAT for old Marshalls. We have stock of Svetlana EL34's and 12AX7's which are great with EVERYTHING
We have a good stock of guitar amp valves at both the retail and repair shop so check the site for prices or contact us for availability and advice.
We stock most of the "big" brands and can get most others inc NOS but advise against this as the market is so flooded with bad valves being sold as good, the success rate of getting good serviceable valves is getting harder and harder.
We generally always have stock of JJ, EH, Sovtek, Tube Amp Doctor, Groove Tubes, EI, Valve Art and Winged C with some Tungsol and Svetlana valves in stock.

We've found in the repair shop that JJ valves are a good, solid performer and generally sound pretty good. Good value for money and easy to get in most forms. I use JJ's in most of my personal amps and all Tym amps come standard with them.
EH and Sovtek 12AX7's perform well in higher gain amps and keep a tighter bottom end. The EI ones are great in Vox AC30's with a real "jangle" to them.
All this of course is subjective. The best way to find what's best for you is to try them. This can get expensive but all valves behave differently in different amps and just because you use one brand in one amp doesn't mean you should or have to use that brand in another amp.
Winged C EL34's, 6L6's and KT88's generally outperform the JJ's but are more expensive. We've been getting great tones from the TAD's in both preamp and power amp stages but they're not for everyone.

You can mix and match preamp tubes with different brands and sometimes types of valves to try and get the best tone. Sometimes one brand works best in VR1 but not 2 or 3. Power valves however MUST be matched in brand and type and most amps need biasing when new power vales are fitted so we recommend you get these fitted by a tech.
So this, like everything else in your signal chain is all personal. We can "steer" you towards what might be close, but at the end of the day it's up to the player to decide what valves best suit their style and taste. Come in and have a chat if you like or contact us and we'll help as best we can.

February 11, 2011

Tym Toecutter Big Bottom pedal

Well, here's another crazy idea from the Tym guitars effects camp. This idea came about because a few years ago we built a Big Bottom V1 board into Tony from GuitarNerds old Pro Co RAT pedal. The idea was that instead of running the RAT in the loop of the Big Bottom pedal externally, the RAT would be in the loop, in the pedal. This worked well but was a nigthmare to make as the BB board only JUST fitted with a lot of shoehorning into the vintage big box style RAT.
So, with the new Big Bottom V2 up and running I thought it was time to re-visit this idea. As the new version now has a bypass switch and volumes on both effects loop and bottom end and I also make a RAT clone in the form of the Toecutter it seemed like it was time to make a more reliable version for Tone.
So, here's the prototype. It's in my bigger stainless steel enclosure I used for the Superfuzz BigMudd and TremFuzz and runs on one 9V DC input. The bass signal comes in and goes straight to the Big Bottom where the effects is set up as per normal with the bottomend separated off and the mids and tops sent through the loop but instead of the effects loop going out, the output of the loop (the send) goes to the input of the Toecutter, via a switch to bypass the distortion. The signal is then sent from the Toecutter to and effects loop and then back into the Big Bottom(the return) Sound complicated ?It's not.
This allows you to keep your bottom end clean using the Big Bottom circuit but also adding in the Toecutter within the same circuit. The effects loop after the distortion means you can also run other pedals IN the Big Bottom loop after the distortion.
This pedal can,and will be of course made with other pedals in the BBV2 loop like a Tym Big Mudd or Tym Bass Face. I have already had lots of enquiries about fitting the Tym Red Mudd into this pedal which WILL be done. It will be the ultimate stoner bass players pedal giving the Russian style sustainer with the Big Bottom which is already a common set up with bass players.
I will also be adding a boost to this set up as well just to give a little more diversity and more gain, 'cause you ALWAYS need more gain. Other options will of course be available since all these pedals are all hand made by me here at the workshop.
These will be available soon in most options of Tym pedals. Contact Tym guitars for these or any other pedal in the Tym range. Thanks for supporting Tym guitars.

February 8, 2011

Phoenix Ranger

"The Ranger" is a treble/full range booster based on the legendary Dallas Rangemaster.

The original signal path is still there, unchanged, though the Ranger uses metal film resistors, which are less noisy than the original carbon resistors. The Dallas Rangemaster was not a stompbox, but was actually designed to sit on top of the amp. It had a toggle switch to turn it on or off. The Ranger basically takes the Rangemaster and puts it into stompbox form. If you are looking for a crystal clear boost pedal that will not affect your tone in any way, this ain't it! The Ranger uses a military spec CV7003 germanium transistor to boost your signal. It adds just a touch of that great sounding warmth and dirt to your tone, without being dirty enough to qualify as a fuzz or overdrive pedal. Use the Ranger to push your amp into natural tube overdrive and you won't need or want a distortion pedal! This pedal responds marvelously to the volume knob on your guitar. You can get clean tones by turning down to about 7 or so, and then bring the level back up for thick lead tones!

Leave it on for the entire gig - your tone will be marvelous! The "Cut" knob allows you to blend in a larger input capacitor which allows more low end into the signal. You can get any tone from the original treble boost of the Dallas Rangemaster to a full range boost that is great for Fender guitars and amps. This is not a tone circuit, just a simple way to give you some control over the frequency response of the effect.

In stock now. Please contact Tym guitars for more info and prices.

February 4, 2011

Tym HIRE gear

Here at Tym guitars I have a lot of guitars, amps and effects that I don't really want to sell, but I hate the idea of a guitar or amp sitting in a cupboard, or worse a vault not being used.
Although this isn't all my personal stuff as some is just (unfortunately) too valuable to hire out in case of damage or theft, it is a nice cross section of gear and most can be used in our studio and/or live use.
Here's a list of current gear I have for hire. If there's something you don't see, ask me, I might just have it and be happy for it to be used for studio use both in our studios and outside.

'69 Gibson SG special
'71 Gibson SG Std
'96 Gibson SG '61 Rei
'69 Gibson SG Std
'79 Gibson 335
'89 Gibson LP Custom
'90 Gibson LP '57 Goldtop
Fender Strats x lots
Fender Esquire
Fender Teles x 3
Fender Jazzmasters x 2
'65/66 Fender Jaguars x 2
'79 Fender P bass
Fender P basses x lots
Fender J basses x lots
'96 Rickenbacker 360
'86 Rickenbacker 340
'89 Rickenbacker 330
'70 Rickenbacker 335
'96 Rickenbacker 4001 V63
'70's Travis Bean
'83 Guild DV52 acoustic
'09 Tym Supertone 40
'10 Tym Supertone 100
'85 Mesa Boogie MkIII
'79 Marshall JMP
'90's Marshall 20W (handwired)
'80's Marshall 800
'80's Marshall 800 combo
'90's Marshall 900
'72 Orange OR80 (Graphic)
'73 Orange OR120
'76 Matamp GT100
'74 Orange OR120
'05 Orange AD30 combo
'04 Matamp GT1
'04 Matamp King Street
'65 Selmer Zodiac 50 x 2
'76 Fender Twin
'76 Fender Twin
'80's Fender Twin
'08 Fender Princton reverb combo
'65 Fender Bassman 50
'73 Fender Bassman 100
'71 Fender Bassman 100
'71 Fender Bassman 50
'06 Vox AC30 (JMI hotrodded and greenbacks)
'80's Roland JC120 combos x 2
'90's Peavey Classic 30
'06 Ampeg SVT1000
Gallien Krueger 800RB
Mesa 410
TYM 212 (vintage 30's)
TYM 212 (Greenbacks)
TYM 410 (Mojotone)
TYM 410 (Jensen)
TYM 610 (Emminence)
Marshall 4X12 quads (G12's)
Marshall 4X12 quads (Greenbacks)
WEM Copy Cat. tape delay
EH Big Muff. Green Russian version
EH Big MUff. Choice of several V2/V3
EH Small Stone. Classic EH phaser
EH Big Muff Dlx. Classic Big Muff with Comp
Univox Superfuzz. FUZZ
Pro Co RAT. Original "white face" RAT
Roland Bee Bar. Classic 70's Fuzz.
Roland Phase Five. Classic phaser.
Roland Double Beat. Classic fuzz wah
Ampeg Scrambler Fuzz
Solarsound Fuzz Wah. Early classic British Fuzz Wah
Zvex Fuzz Factory
Zvex Box Of Rock
Zvex Super HardOn
Boss DM-2 Analogue Delay
Boss DD-2 Digital Delay
Boss TU2 Floor Tuner
Boss DS1 Original Japanese
Boss OD1 Original Japanese
MXR Dist +. Original black logo version

Come in and try them out or contact Tym guitars for price and availability.

February 2, 2011

Pedaltrain boards and cases

PEDALTRAIN is the premier innovation in guitar effects pedalboards. Our award winning and patented design has been road tested, approved, and is currently in use by many of today's top guitarists. Professional tour grade pedalboards and cases at prices everyone can afford.
These revolutionary pedalboards are made of welded aluminum alloy tubing to ensure that every PEDALTRAIN is as strong and lightweight as possible. There are no moving parts to loosen or wear out. A durable powder coat finish ensures your PEDALTRAIN will look great and last a lifetime.

The unique, open frame, elevated angle design provides added flexibility when configuring the layout of the effects. Your connecting cables can be neatly routed over, under, and through the open slots in the top surface area of the PEDALTRAIN to keep the risk of possible accidental disconnection to a minimum. Pedals may be added, removed, rearranged, or bypassed quickly and easily. All three PEDALTRAIN models include plenty of industrial grade, adhesive backed, hook and loop material, along with detailed instructions to make setup fast and efficient. You can easily and securely mount virtually any effects pedal, volume or wah pedal, or other device, such as a pedal power supply, channel switcher, power strip, direct box, or wireless receiver.

All new PEDALTRAIN models (excluding PT-MINI) now include specially designed brackets and instructions for mounting the popular Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 power supply underneath the pedalboard with no cutting modifications necessary. As always, you can still use any power supply of your choice with the PEDALTRAIN.
Contact Tym guitars for price and availability.