So I just saw on a respected sources website that Jerry's Twin had .022's in the tonestack instead of the normal .1 and .047. So, I don't buy it, and if it is true, when was this change supposedly made?
Don't know what jerry used, but as far as theoretical results, .022s in the mids will keep more mids around than some of the other higher value capacitors commonly used in fender amps, and .022 in the bass will cause the bass frequencies to drop off at a higher value and lose a lot more overall bass than the .1. So, theoretically, .022s seem to make sense for jerry (more bass cut and less mid scoop), but I don't know if he actually used them.
Imagined Days wrote:So I just saw on a respected sources website that Jerry's Twin had .022's in the tonestack instead of the normal .1 and .047. So, I don't buy it, and if it is true, when was this change supposedly made?
nothing to buy, it comes free.
i can say that doing the mod does tilt in favor of it being there. it is by no means a secret mod, others have done it. using the duncan tonestack calculator, and the known jerry twin settings, show a pretty identical curve between the stock values and the .022uFs. the difference being the sharper bass rolloff with the .022uF's.
here is some samples of tonestacks with the .022uF's. these also have all the other mods as well as the TPC1 preamp buffer, but as you will see/hear, these mods pretty much nail jerry's gear tone.
that all said, there is a disclaimer on that webpage also,
While the insides of these amps have never been seen by the public, and obviously were "work in progress", these "Upgrades" to the Fender Twin reverbs are mostly Per "Insider's" Instructions and personal comments on the subject. There are still unknowns, and further research is ongoing. This is a well researched attempt to show how and where certain "Modifications" were done to Jerry's Twin Reverbs.
Disclaimer: I get paid to make, modify or build things for those that seek what i may be able to provide.
I thought that there was a thread on the "healy" mods to the twin reverb. But I cant seem to find it now. Found this one on the Steel Guitar Forum which mentions Brad Sarno (who I hope to meet someday). I would like to get this info together so that I might modify my 64 twin.
Waldo, Thank You very much for the free info!! Didn't mean any disrespect by saying i don't buy it! So, I will give this a shot, but still feel that it will brown the sound out. Marshal's use these values in their tonestacks I think? It goes against clarity in tone. Also, I prefer Jerry's 77' tone, and assume he was at stock values in his tonestack of his Twin then? Ya' think?
That old steel guitar forum thread is a blast from the past. I remember that introduction to Healy's suggestion of trying tantalum cathode bypass cap's. At the time I tried these fairly high quality German made dipped tantalum cap's. My posting there about the hi-fi response was written soon after trying it. I have to admit that after a few more weeks of it, I grew a bit tired of the high treble response, a bit TOO glassy and crisp for my ears. So I abandoned it and for the years since I've grown to like various other higher-fidelity electrolytic capacitors for that job. It wasn't until this year that Waldo helped to point out that Healy's choice of tantalum was not the dipped style, but instead a particular military-spec axial style that indeed has a different tone. So I gave it a shot again this year when tinkering with the more Jerry oriented preamp tones and found that after a few dozen hours of break-in time, these nice mil-spec tantalums sound much more in line with what I associate with Jerry's bright, clear, zingy, and lively tone. It's still a kind of crispy edge that is apparently the nature of tantalum, but these tant's are much smoother and nicer sounding than any of the epoxy dipped types I've tried. I don't always necessarily prefer these good tantalum cap's for everything (guitar, steel, etc.) over some of the smoother, silkier sounding high quality electroltyics out there, but for a Jerry-ish tone, they seem spot on.
Healy's still my audio hero.
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Imagined Days wrote:Waldo, Thank You very much for the free info!! Didn't mean any disrespect by saying i don't buy it! So, I will give this a shot, but still feel that it will brown the sound out. Marshal's use these values in their tonestacks I think? It goes against clarity in tone. Also, I prefer Jerry's 77' tone, and assume he was at stock values in his tonestack of his Twin then? Ya' think?
The .022+.022 mod won't brown it out at all. Consider that the marshall also uses a different slope resistor value, and that may be what you hear. The .022 mod only affects the deep bass and offers a bit of warmth in the low, low mids, but the main midrange and treble are 100% UN-affected by this. Actually, by tightening up the bass you actually get a bit more punch and presence. And like Waldo pointed out, with the Jerry tone settings, the .022 mod and the .047 don't really sound all that different other than the .022 being a bit tighter in the low bass.
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I had a bunch of mods done to my blues jr which included changing the stock .022 bass filter cap to a .1. While I can get a sound I like with a lot of heavy EQing of the bass with a pedal, it's pretty impractical for a more midrange or treble focused tone (all GD tones lol). Without any other EQ to dial it back the bass can get pretty unruly at high volumes, even with bass zero'd out on the amp. The .022, at least theoretically (tone stack calc), creates kind of a soft high-pass filter that tapers gradually below 100hz. The .1 just flattens out that curve to allow a lot of frequencies that are below the lowest note you can play on a guitar (I think low E is 80hz?). Some amps are probably designed better to handle more of those subs but mine isn't! When I first put the .1 in the stock speaker just farted out the low notes. I think the extra load might be contributing to extra unwanted distortion in my PI tube as well.
So yeah I'll be changing that cap back to a .022 as soon as possible heh.
Btw I should mention I play with humbuckers mostly so this is from that perspective.