Deary Me oh my

Discussion in 'Amps & Cabs' started by eS.G., Dec 18, 2014.

  1. eS.G.

    eS.G. Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2014
    Messages:
    15,308
    Likes Received:
    10,419
    Location:
    The SWAMP (central Florida)
    GibsonKramer and milesdeem like this.
  2. JohnnyGoo

    JohnnyGoo Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2014
    Messages:
    7,930
    Likes Received:
    3,938
    Location:
    NW Oregon
    You test that thing out yet ?????. Looks like a dirt pedal candidate.
     
  3. eS.G.

    eS.G. Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2014
    Messages:
    15,308
    Likes Received:
    10,419
    Location:
    The SWAMP (central Florida)
    NO I got other dirt amps lol.....this is a friggin JAZZ machine dial in a little reverb and the two big 12's chorus up nicely with depth that goes on for miles.....but the pots are scratchy and she needs a real (REAL) good clean down.....the 2nd channel has a BAD hiss pop crackle in the knobs (I assume it was never used) I tried to record it with my phone but it comes out like crap and is NOT a good representation of the tone that ooozes from this thing.
    The whole thing has a low hissssss (puts "ants" on me) and some ASSHAT ripped the ground prong off the plug (probably contributing to hiss maybe???) but oh the depth its like I am playing Albert Hall.....in my little spare room........
    I have been tasked with selling it for a friend----however I may sell off some other stuff and keep it---- it ticks damn near all the boxes I am waiting on my son to get home with his iPhone (better camera) to get some pics. Till then....back to playing !!
     
  4. JohnnyGoo

    JohnnyGoo Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2014
    Messages:
    7,930
    Likes Received:
    3,938
    Location:
    NW Oregon
    Cool.
     
    eS.G. likes this.
  5. eS.G.

    eS.G. Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2014
    Messages:
    15,308
    Likes Received:
    10,419
    Location:
    The SWAMP (central Florida)
    Some pics......sorry will get more----dying to open this thing up and SEE whats inside....could be dust and bugs from the 70's OR Jimmy Hoffa!
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    milesdeem and Zagnut like this.
  6. Zagnut

    Zagnut Active Member

    Joined:
    May 30, 2014
    Messages:
    144
    Likes Received:
    120
    You just have to keep it eS.G.! That thing's been looking for someone to appreciate it for 40 years and I think its found that someone. :hmm: All of my amps are pretty mainstream, but I've always dug the unusual stuff and that one fits that description to me. If it sounds good ...
     
    Kerry Brown and JohnnyGoo like this.
  7. frankd

    frankd Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2012
    Messages:
    3,290
    Likes Received:
    2,048
    Yes amps amps and more amps!:applause:
     
    JohnnyGoo likes this.
  8. eS.G.

    eS.G. Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2014
    Messages:
    15,308
    Likes Received:
    10,419
    Location:
    The SWAMP (central Florida)
    Well, damn......I opened it up (FYI ALL static pop and crack GONE just cleaning all the pots with proper lube/cleaner) and I swear the back has NEVER been off this thing it stilled smelled like 1970 and the pink fiberglass insulation is even PRISTINE!
    Time travel now with me folks back to 1970!
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    There was NO dust inside NONE and the back is held on with 20 screws.....twenty....just for the back plate which is also pink insulated and has metal tape and I mean just WOW what quality. This may have a ton of trouble leaving my ever tightening grasp.
     
    Dave Johnson, Voxman and JohnnyGoo like this.
  9. Molly

    Molly Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2014
    Messages:
    105
    Likes Received:
    115
    Love the drill in the living room. Looks like my place.

    Cool amp. :thumb:
     
    JohnnyGoo likes this.
  10. eS.G.

    eS.G. Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2014
    Messages:
    15,308
    Likes Received:
    10,419
    Location:
    The SWAMP (central Florida)
    Thats my Office/Music/gym/guest/spare/junk (temporarily till warmer weather outside) pet hamster room Molly we have a floor buffer and a million dogs in the living room.....broken down ford truck with a bucket under it to catch tranny flood in the front yard too...... if that ain't country, it'll hair lip the Pope.............
    Proper Rednecks ya know. ;)
     
  11. Nitrox

    Nitrox Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2014
    Messages:
    204
    Likes Received:
    222
    DEMO!!!!!
    love that amp man
     
    JohnnyGoo likes this.
  12. gtone

    gtone Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2011
    Messages:
    846
    Likes Received:
    265
    Location:
    In a cage in Moose Parts, SK
    Cool stuff! The old Polytone Brute amps were...well...BRUTES, so I guess they were aptly named.
     
  13. eS.G.

    eS.G. Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2014
    Messages:
    15,308
    Likes Received:
    10,419
    Location:
    The SWAMP (central Florida)
    Does anyone know anything about these amps???? Just curious as I can find almost ZEERO online info......there is a website I emailed and left a voice mail----no responses to either---
    I am floored with quality of this thing......from what I can figure its an early 70's model.
    Build quality is that of a tank....I mean the tolex on this thing isn't even ....well damaged!
    A bit o Armour All and its like new..... talk about a well kept secret.
     
  14. Tobacco Worm

    Tobacco Worm Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2012
    Messages:
    3,061
    Likes Received:
    3,621
    Location:
    I jumped the reservation!
    Some of the components like caps and such will have dates stamped on them. Transformers too. That will give you a "ballpark" date of your amp. And some amp builders will stamp the chassis as well. But checking the components often is the easier to do as you can see them without dis-assembly of the amp to look at the chassis. Usually the components are of the year of manfucture of the amp or often one year older as they work their way into assembly.
     
    Voxman and eS.G. like this.
  15. dbb

    dbb Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2009
    Messages:
    9,958
    Likes Received:
    3,774
    Location:
    California
    You got the jazz amp guys used all the time back in the day. Cool!
     
  16. eS.G.

    eS.G. Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2014
    Messages:
    15,308
    Likes Received:
    10,419
    Location:
    The SWAMP (central Florida)
    It is....thank you Sir.....it is very cool Like I should be smoking menthols and wearing sunglasses at night while playing it ;)

    Just oozes cool, like Steve McQueen lol
     
    Tobacco Worm likes this.
  17. eS.G.

    eS.G. Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2014
    Messages:
    15,308
    Likes Received:
    10,419
    Location:
    The SWAMP (central Florida)
    HELP---question-- PARDON MY IGNORANCE, but can somebody tell me (since the current Polytone company has returned neither email nor voicemail) what and or why is the meaning and use for the "reverse" setting.

    The power switch is a 3 way center is off.....up is ON and down is "reverse" WTF?!?!
    I have never seen an amp with a reverse gear!!!!!!!!!!

    I am afraid to use it.........

    Any ideas.
     
  18. Kerry Brown

    Kerry Brown Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2014
    Messages:
    1,140
    Likes Received:
    1,522
    Location:
    Squamish, BC, Canada
    I had an old 60's Yamaha amp that had a similar switch. You will get less hum with the switch in one of the positions. Not sure what it does but if it reverses the AC leads it could be rather dangerous.
     
    eS.G. likes this.
  19. Tobacco Worm

    Tobacco Worm Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2012
    Messages:
    3,061
    Likes Received:
    3,621
    Location:
    I jumped the reservation!
    Often some amp manufactures would install this switching device to alter polarity to eliminate grounding issues that created hum. Actually quite clever as not all wall wiring is correct or alike. Remember in the old days with two bladed plugs? When something would hum, we'd pull the plug and flip it over and the hum would go away.

    But the real reason???:hmm::dunno::dunno:

    They had two engineers at their plant that said "Hey. Wonder if we put this switch in this amp that some yahoo later on in time will ask what it's for?" The other engineer replied "Yeah, that's a great idea! When this yahoo asks about it in some form of social media in the future he's gonna feel real dumb huh?" Flash to the present and the two retired engineers today "Hey, remember when we put that switch in that amp and talked about some guy on a social media thing?" The other looks up and says "Yeah, Ralph, I sure do. But right now I feel pretty stupid as we thought that a switch would be great fun. Why the hell didn't WE invent that social media?!! Who's the yahoos now? Big joke Ralph. No go and change your Depends. I can smell something and it ain't coming from the kitchen at this rest home bud!":laugh2:
     
    eS.G. likes this.
  20. Crazy_8

    Crazy_8 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2014
    Messages:
    785
    Likes Received:
    578
    Location:
    Chicago
    The reasoning is that one leg(wire) of 2 wire ac power is "hot" while the other is neutral. Neutral is tied to ground at the power plant. If your plug or outlet was wired opposite then the chassis of the amp did not have a correct "chassis ground" and would hum. The guitar would also be referenced to "hot" so that if you touched earth ground the current would pass through you causing an electric shock.

    Modern 3 wiring has a separate ground reference that prevents this as long as a good ground to chassis connection exists. One can check the integrity of the amp wiring using a multimeter set to ohms. Touch one lead to the ground pin of the amp plug and the other to the chassis of the amp. It should read less than one quarter ohm (250 milliohms) to be safe.
     
    eS.G. likes this.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice