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Hittin' the road with the 'Hollywood Vampires' today to work on some amps for Joe Perry & Johnny Depp, back in the shop tomorrow! Click for more info & tour dates

 

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Here's a quick pic of a Platinum Modded HG-Jose Mod on a Marshall Reissue 1959 Plexi. This Mod features a Footswitchable 'Solo Boost' Master Volume, Voodoo's Tube Buffered FX-Loop, 3-Position Bright Switch, a full Retube with ARS-EL34-JJ's & a CapJob with F&T Filter Caps. Thanks for reading & feel free to share this post to your own wall or tag a friend in this post! - Voodoo Amps



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Rare inside view of Guns N Roses guitarist Richard Fortus’ Voodoo ‘R4-Single’ Prototype. Check out the tone on GnR's current 2016 ‘Not In This Lift Time’ Tour! 

 

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Here’s a quick pic of some Marshall JMP-1 preamps in for servicing. These units belong to Phil Collen of Def Leppard & came in for some TLC, Capjob, Retubes & new Batteries (to retain settings) as well as to make all the units sound as cohesive as possible with one another. These units are headed out on Def Leppard’s 2016 Summer Tour with Tesla & Reo Speedwagon!  

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This amp has been around the globe numerous times since its birth in 2007 with such Artists as Guns N’ Roses, Thin Lizzy & The Dead Daisies. This was built for & is owned by Richard Fortus & has been dubbed the ‘R4-Single’ Prototype. It's been featured on the studio recordings such as ‘Chinese Democracy’ by GnR, The Dead Daisies album 'Revolución' & the live performance of Thin Lizzy at Hellfest featured on the Palladia / MTV Live Channel. The amp came in for some TLC, has been Recapped, Retubed & is ready for another decade of service!

Some History & More - This amp was Custom Built for Richard in 2007 & housed in a Voodoo Amps V-Rock 100 watt chassis. There is a special mojo to this amp both in how it sounds as much as how it feels, so much so that we are officially releasing the ‘R4-Single’ as a production model as this years Summer Namm Show in Nashville TN. It will come with a Tube Buffered FX-Loop, a switch to select between 50 & 100 watt, Control features will be Gain-A, Gain-B, Master Volume, Bass, Mids, Treble, Presence, Tubes are EL34’s & 12AX7’s along with Voodoo-Designed™ Mercury Magnetics Transformers (as shown here) . Factory Direct sales are no more, all production models will be sold through dealers only!

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Behind The Scenes & More! - Here's a photo collage posted by "Rigs Of The Pros' (great site) featuring several photos of Richard Fortus' rig. The timing is ironic as we have this amp in the shop being serviced for the (hopeful) up coming Guns N' Roses tour. This amp was custom built for Richard in 2007 & has a great story behind it (coming soon). The white box you see on the pedal board with the Circle-V logo is the 1 of 3 prototype Talkboxes Trace designed. Initially he designed this after hand-wiring a couple Framptone Talkboxes for Bon Jovi & making them full range. He texted a quick video demo to Richard & he asked us to build one for him. Richard has the 1st prototype, Joe Perry of Aerosmith has the 2nd & both currently tour with them. The 3rd one resides in Trace’s office here at our facility & is identical to the one in the photo. We plan to officially release both the ‘R4-Single’ Signature Series Amp & the Talkbox at Summer Namm in Nashville!

From Trace Davis, President / Founder  “From the bottom of my heart I want to thank Richard Fortus for his continued support & for his friendship. He is one of the greatest guys I know & his talent is seemingly endless, truly.”

We also want to send out a big thank you to ‘Rigs Of The Pros’ for posting this photo collage & go check out their site as well! As always please feel free to share this post to your wall or if you have a friend that you want to see this please feel free to tag their name in a post or share it to their wall. Many thanks! - Voodoo Amps


Updated Info (03-17-2016) -- We have received a number of requests asking for additional info on the Talkboxes. This is from Trace, “Traditionally Talkboxes were connected or sandwiched between the head & speaker cabinet, which is what was used on all the classic records you hear on Classic Rock Radio (Frampton, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Alice In Chains, etc). In recent years companies designed a wave of ‘pedal’ like versions, which have an onboard solid state preamp & are placed in front of the amps like a pedal would be. Common complaints are that these units do not sound as authentic. The ‘Golden Throat’ is considered by many to be the best sounding Talkbox but has long since been discontinued & sells for good money when you find a working unit as they are collectible.


Full Range – Traditional Talkboxes on the market utilize a crossover network which is essentially designed to select a certain frequency point & 'roll off' all frequencies from that point & below (IE: roll off all the lower mid & bass frequencies). It allows companies to use drivers with lower wattage ratings, which is more cost effective but it also results in a thinner or more strident tone. Going with a higher wattage driver, as well as making a few other allocations in the circuit, allows one to forego the crossover approach in favor of a full-range tone. IE: you get all of the amp’s tone & rich low end coming through, or in other words you get the same tone coming through the Talkbox that comes through the speaker cabinet, which is more inspiring.


A Full Range Talkbox is a very cool effect & much like a wah it all comes down to how the player chooses to use it. For those who are not familiar I should mention that a mic is needed to amplify the signal to the PA & monitors. There is a video with Richard Fortus in the recording studio with The Dead Daisies using a Talkbox & its best captured on their song “You & I”. We also have replaceable mouth pieces so that dealers can allow customers to demo a Talkbox in the store & not break any health code regulations. Additional mouth pieces will be included in a sealed package when purchasing a Talkbox along with simple instructions on how to sterilize them, which is incredibly easy.”  - Voodoo Amps

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From Bobby Dee's Facebook - "Makin some noise at Smash studios with my Voodoo Amps designed 'Mid-Drive' Mod on my Marshall amp!!!"

Check out Bobby Dee with Petro on Faceboook Page / Official Website

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UPDATE - FROM THE AMP'S OWNER - "The 'suppleness' of the amp's response....is unprecedented...it covers a lot of sonic territory now...landscape that will be fully explored over the next year...at volume this amp shows real splendor...Herculean strength and power...while exhibiting grace and poise across the spectrum...oh..and great tone too....it's at another level compared to other amps I've played thru......a prized possession ....Many Thnx! (recordings underway shortly...and yes...it will be used on our live performances!!) \m/" - Joey Ambrozaitis, Proud Voodoo V-Rock Owner

ORIGINAL POST - This is a very early V-Rock Single Lead production amp that was a Custom Order. The amp contains an earlier version of the V-Rock circuitry & was purchased on the used market. She came in for some Mods to make the amp more versatile. We had installed our Tube Buffered Effects Loop installed in addition to a 3-Position ‘Bright’ Switch & 3-Position Gain ‘Mode’ switch to increase or decrease the over all amount of distortion. This amp is primarily used in a recording studio for session work & we hope she provides many more years of inspirational service! As always please feel free to share as you like. Voodoo Amps

Sneak Preview – The new PCB Equipped models due out at Summer Namm in Nashville TN will come stock with a Tube Buffered Effects Loop & 3-Position ‘Bright’ Switch! We will continue to offer hand-wired options through our Custom Shop however pricing will increase. 

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Back in the shop! - I was extended for few more days on the AC/DC tour but flew in early Wednesday morning & was in the shop all day yesterday. The entire crew was among the best I have ever had the pleasure to work. Special thanks to Trace Foster (Angus' Tech), Greg Howard (Stevie's Tech), Tim 'Grape' Mattefs (Cliff's Tech), Richard 'Dickie' Jones (long time Drum Tech), Paul 'Pab' Boothroyd (FOH), Sara Full, Pete Merluzzi, Cozmo Wilson, Jon Lewis, Super Chris, Opie, Jake Berry, Maurice Johnson, Lorraine Harvey, Tudy Martinez, Andrew 'Dead Shot' Bongardt & everyone else who is a part of making such an incredible production happen every day!

A strong cup of coffee in one hand, soldering iron in the other & back to work I go! I don’t get to check in here often as I would like so please have a great day & remember to do a kindness for someone along the way - Trace Davis, President / Founder


"Always great to see Trace Davis from Voodoo amps, we salute you!!!!!!!"
From Trace Foster's Facebook Feb 9th 8:39am 

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Update - Good morning to you from the west coast! Just got some coffee & getting ready to head to the venue here in sunny Las Vegas where AC/DC's playing tonight. I was extended a bit for the tour but it looks like I'm flying home tomorrow & will be back in the shop with the crew on Monday morning! Have yourself a great Friday & a relaxing weekend. More to follow shortly! - Trace Davis, President / Founder [more]
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