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Ampwerks Repair

My name is Armand Blake, and my shop, AMPWERX Repair, is located inside Gilmore Music on the NW corner of 7th. St. and Cherry Av. in Long Beach, CA. I have been there since 2003, however, Gilmore Music, a local independent full-service music store, has been there since before most of us were born. This store is not your corporate super-box, and as far as the repair of electronic and acoustic musical instruments are concerned, we do it all in-house.


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Wanna DIY?

I was talking to a fellow who was interested in doing some DIY work on his own amp. Naturally we ended up talking about what he needed to be successful in the endeavor. At the heart of things, it best... READ MORE

When Buying Gear…

The ideal, of course, is that we know exactly what we are going to get… and why! Let’s do a little research, too, and choose where you’d want to start. Have you taken your axe to the store and taken a... READ MORE

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Repair? or Refurbish?

What’s involved with a repair on a 5-10+ year old amp or keyboard? These guys are a lot like cars. How a piece of equipment bears its age depends on how well it’s been cared for and maintained. I find... READ MORE

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Knowing Your Gear

Being thoroughly familiar with your gear is going to save you pain. I see my customers show the pain of loss of revenue, having the gear quit in the middle of the gig, frustration at the interruption... READ MORE

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Outdoor Gigs

The two main things that need consideration in outdoor venues are heat and power.  When we talk about power, I’m assuming that you know how large a set-up your band will need. What you usually use in... READ MORE

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Dealing With a Repair Tech

OK, so your amp just made a bad noise, blew its fuse, and there’s a bad smell coming out of it. You get a screwdriver, and look at the back of your amp. It says: “No user serviceable parts inside”, an... READ MORE

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How to Safely Turn on a Sound System

 Two things: 1)    If you’re just plugging your guitar into an amp, you don’t have to pay any attention. Just turn stuff down first. 2)    By a “Sound System”, I mean a chain of things that have ampli... READ MORE

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How to Keep Your Stuff Safe – Cords

So you’ve got a rat’s nest of cords, you don’t know which are good or bad, or what to do about it. How do we check them? And once determined to be bad, how do we fix them? One really handy way to chec... READ MORE

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How to Keep Your Stuff Safe – Batteries and Wall Outlets

The only way to reliably detect the presence of electricity, or of electrical characteristics, is with suitable testing equipment. Well, there are other ways (some people test 9V batteries on their to... READ MORE

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Ohms, Speaker “Load”, and Other Mysteries

The only way to test for electricity or electrical characteristics like OHMS, VOLTS, or AMPS, is by using proper testing equipment. One of the most common and useful testing tools is a Digital Multi-M... READ MORE

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Deciding If There’s A Problem

There’s something I tell all my customers             1) No new electronic part             2) No new piece of electronic equipment             3) No fresh electronic repair             Can be conside... READ MORE

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How to Safely Turn Your Gear On and Off

Two things: 1)    If you’re just plugging your guitar into an amp, you don’t have to pay any atten-tion. Just turn stuff down first. 2)    By a “Sound System”, I mean a chain of things that have ampli... READ MORE

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Disclaimer!!

 WARNING!!!  Working on any powered equipment, without the proper knowledge, training, and testing equipment, can be damaging to the gear itself, and injurious, even lethal, to you.  Working with elec... READ MORE

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AMPWERX Repair Introduction

Greetings – My name is Armand Blake, and my shop, AMPWERX Repair, is located inside Gilmore Music on the NW corner of 7th. St. and Cherry Av. inLong Beach,CA. I have been there since 2003, however, Gi... READ MORE