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Richard Fortus Rig-Rundown 2017! This is one of the best Rundowns I've seen (truly) & has a ton of amazing gear. Richard is one of the most talented players out there today & has some of the best ears in the business. We are extremely proud & honored to be a part of Richard's tone. Feel free to tag a friend & share as you like. - Trace Davis, President / Founder

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Dave Murray of Iron Maiden – I am both honored & humbled to be able to tell you that the legendary Dave Murray has (2) Voodoo Amps Platinum Modified JMP-1 preamps he’s been using on the most current run of Maiden’s 2017 ‘Book of Souls’ tour. Dave’s Guitar Tech Mr Colin Price was kind enough to snap this close-up photo for which we are so very grateful (thank you Colin!) Maiden is among one of a select few artists that can still sell out the biggest venues in the world & that is truly impressive on every level. We are so very proud that in some small way we were able to be a part of Dave’s tone. As always please feel free to share as you & please do a kindness for someone along the way – Trace Davis, President / Founder



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Hitting the road with Blackberry Smoke for the weekend. Dialing in a Voodoo V-Plex for Charlie Starr & Installing a Voodoo Logo on a Marshall JCM800 2204 50 watt we stripped down & installed a Custom Circuit into for Paul Jackson. More photos coming soon



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Yesterday we spent the day with the fine folks who are out on Peter Frampton & Steve Miller tour. It's an amazing show with top quality musicianship, amazing songs & a stunning array of cherry-picked vintage guitar gear. I'm a gear head & being able to look through Peter's rig was a true pleasure. Both Steve & Peter have amazing guitars on tour but there were (2) that personally spoke to me. The '54 Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty that is pictured on the album cover of 'Frampton Comes Alive' is on tour & being played every night as is the '62 Gibson SG that Peter used in Humble Pie.

Naturally the older Modded Marshalls (we did not Mod them), Dumble Modded 68' Fender Deluxe, Leslies, vintage effects & more were to die for. A very special thanks to Peter Frampton who's incredibly funny, gracious & extremely talented, Aidan Mullen who is Peter's Guitar Tech (much love to you friend) & the entire touring crew for both Frampton & Steve Miller. It was a true pleasure in every way & great for the soul. Peter's ears are incredible & its always inspiring to talk shop with someone who has the same ears, love of gear & passion for tone. - Trace Davis, President / Founder

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Joe Perry of Aerosmith 2017 Rig Rundown - Most of the amps have been covered here on on our News Page as well as on our Facebook page(s) except the Custom 'JP30', which I initially designed for Joe. We’ll post a more in depth write up shortly as it’s actually a very unique design. The vintage NOS Vox logo was one that was laying around in the Aerosmith warehouse from back in the day. This was applied after the amp left our facility as a way of to paying homage to achieving classic vintage tones from a new design.

This video starts at the amp section but if you want to see Joe’s pedal board just start the video from the beginning. If you have any questions about Joe's amps please feel free to ask. We would like to thank our dear friends at TC Electronics & Joe's tech Marco Moir for making this video.

We've worked on all the amps in this video with the exception of the Supro, which is stock. The Marshall Super PA amp is Modified as are the (2) Fender Dual Showmans & the Marshall 'Pump' amp (which was also Modded back in the day), all of which are covered in depth here on our Facebook page(s). For the record there is no affiliation between Vox & Voodoo Amps.

I'll be on the road for a few days but I'll check in as time allows. Feel free to share as you like or tag a friend. - Trace Davis, President / Founder


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The Story behind the Richard Fortus ‘R4 Single’ Amp – As many have asked I thought I would share this story here so everyone could read it. The ‘R4 Single’ is a unique & unusual design offering a great deal of different tones. Going back several years this amp initially started out as a clone of Mick Mars’ #1 recording amp, which Richard purchased from Mick. This amp was initially Modded by Jose A however it’s not the usual Mods Jose was most known for, it was less gainy & more organic sounding.

I first met Richard & Jason Baskin (Guitar Tech) on the 2007 Winter Namm Show Floor in Anaheim CA. We spoke at length about the amp & that he had several companies try to clone it. Shortly there after Richard sent the amp to us along with a pallet of Marshalls he purchased that were all manufactured in the same year. The original amp had been on the road & had not been properly serviced since Jose Modded it so the first order of business was to bring give it some well deserved TCL. It’s my understanding that this amp was used on all the Motley Crue albums, which in my very humble opinion it was best captured on the album ‘Dr Feelgood’ by producer Bob Rock & engineer Randy Staub.

I blue printed the amp from top to bottom, made detailed schematics, bill of materials along with detailed videos & photos. I then performed the necessary maintenance, cleaned up solder connections as necessary, performed a CapJob, Retubed, Biased, etc & then made a 2nd set of schematics, videos & photos to compare against one another. There’s a variety of reasons for this but we’ll save that for a more technical review in the future.

I then set out going through the pallet of Marshalls to find the closest related donor to create a clone. Unfortunately the lam thickness on every Output, Power & Choke Transformer were different. Additionally none of the primary impedances were the same on the Output Transformers & every Power Transformer provided different B+ voltages loaded & unloaded. IE: in short, not one was the same & none matched the original amp (more on that later).

Richard & I talked & felt that in order to replicate the tone & feel of the original we would have to design-&-build a Custom Amp from the ground up. I removed the transformer set, measured & documented everything. I then had had our good friends at Mercury Magnetics spin up a set. I then laid out a hand-wired circuit board & delved into building the amp using one of our Voodoo ‘V-Rock’ hand-wired chassis’.

Once completed we then sent that amp to Richard along with a Custom IEC Power Cable (more on that later), which he then began using with GnR. As a side bar, this is the same amp Richard used on several album sessions, GnR tours as well as the ‘Chinese Democracy’ album, The Dead Daises album & tours, in addition to the Rhianna & Thin Lizzy tours Richard performed on.

Improvements – GnR were in rehearsals for the up coming ‘Not In This Lifetime’ Reunion Tour & the amp was (improperly) diagnosed with a shorted Output Transformer so Richard sent the amp to us to go through. The OT tested out fine & I found a shorted 1ohm resistor to ground off from the cathode of the power tube as a one of the EL34 power tubes had shorted. This was fortuitous as this was the first time I was able to spend some quality time with the amp since we had first built it.

Having watched Richard play guitar up close several times & knowing what his ears like to hear as well as what his hands like to feel, I made some additional tweaks to the circuit in the midrange, I also gave it what I like to call an ‘easier-to-play’ feel & it was also time to replace the Filter Caps. I performed a CapJob with some amended values, Retubed the amp & placed it on our proprietary Break-In Rig & shipped it out to the rehearsal facility. We were also working on the ‘R4 Single’ Signature Series at the same time.

R4 Production Model – Richard reported back that he loved the improved sound & feel on the R4 prototype so I implemented those changes into the production model along with some additional versatility. I should note I am not a fan of versatility if it compromises the tone or feel of the amp.

From a technical point of view the design has (3) Gain controls though you only see (2) on the front panel. It has an incredible 3-dimensional girth & width on the low end which is different than any other amp I’ve ever worked on. While you can get convincing plexi style tones, the R4 is by no means a ‘plexi-clone’. Richard & I also wanted to design in some versatility that the prior versions did not have. IE: Each Gain control has its own (3) Position ‘Bright’ Switch, which effects gain, low end as well as feel & over all Brightness.

Effects Loop – The original amp did not have a ‘Buffered’ Effects Loop & for 50% of most players a Buffered Loop is a must. I’ve worked on countless Effect Loop designs but to my ears & hands they tend to alter the tone & feel of the amp when you turn the loop on & off. These days Loops are usually a solid state design, which of course helps reduce cost & there’s nothing wrong with that. To my hands & ears I still prefer a Tube so we went with our own Tube Buffered Loop, which works equally well with both pedals & rack gear. It’s incredibly transparent & also ‘feels’ the same whether it’s in or out of the circuit.

Over all, the R4 literally sounds-&-feels like an ‘old’ amp but is also remarkably flexible. The sound & character of each guitar comes through as well as the most subtle nuances. It also works amazingly well with a variety of guitars such as Scala’s, Trusarts ,Gretch’s, Strat’s, Tele’s, Semi-Hollow Bodies, Les Paul’s, & more, all of which Richard uses in the live GnR shows.

Richard’s words speak far louder than mine but in my humble opinion I truly believe we have not only captured the spirit the original amp but we were able to raise the bar in order to offer a high end product with zero compromise. You can get Richard’s studio tones & live tones as well as Mick’s - but equally important, you can find your own voice as well.

We also have a new website that is nearly complete, which will be dedicated to the products & will contain far more photos, descriptions, updated pricing & more. I hope each & every one of you has an amazing day & do a kindness for someone along the way today – Trace Davis, President / Founder



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Richard Fortus of Guns N’ Roses Live Touring Rig 2017! – Richard post this in his Facebook page yesterday from Europe. On a personal note, Richard thank you so very much for the incredibly kind words in your post & thank you for always being you. It’s been my greatest honor to work with you on this endeavor as you’re one of the most talented & gifted players that I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with (just being honest). Please feel free to share as you like or tag a friend & do a kindness for someone along the way – Trace Davis, President / Founder



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Brad Whitford of Aerosmith – We worked on this amp back at the same time we Modded the ’74 Super Lead for Brad, which his also on the road with him. This amp started out life as a Reissue JTM45 & arrived to us in non working order. Once the amp was repaired I designed a Custom Circuit loosely based around a couple of the best sounding original JTM45’s I’ve ever worked on & blended it with a 1987 Super Lead’esq vibe. There is a push/pull control that allows for a smoother or more compressed feel as well as an option for more touch sensitivity. We kept with the theme of using a 5AR4 / GZ34 Rectifier Tube but instead of KT66’s I chose 6L6’s along with a Custom CapJob & no Master Volume. It stands on its own & blends amazingly well with the previous amp we did for Brad. Feel free to share as you like or tag a friend. Have a great week, a great Memorial Day Weekend & please do a kindness for someone along the way – Trace Davis, President / Founder



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Hitting the road with Gov't Mule & Warren Haynes for the weekend, back on Monday. Such a great band! [more]
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Brad Whiford of Aerosmtih - Here’s a quick photo of a Voodoo Custom Modified Marshall Super Lead from ‘74 for Brad, this amp has already been implemented into Brad’s 2017 Live Rig. This amp had been worked on by a previous tech & required some much needed TLC to make it tour worthy. We cleaned all faulty solder connections, Performed a Custom CapJob, Installed (2) New ARS12AX7JJ’s & (1) ARS12AX7A preamps tubes, (2) NOS GE 6CA7’s, Designed & Installed a Custom Circuit specifically for Brad with no Master Volume. This amp was originally intended for use in the UK & still had the Bulgin style push-in connector for the Speaker Impedance Selector. We disconnected this & hard wired the Speaker Selections to the ¼” Speaker Jacks. The #8 was on the amp when we received it & most likely has been re-numbered for the current tour. Feel free to share as you like or tag a friend. Have a great weekend, an amazing Mother’s Day & do a kindness for someone along the way – Trace Davis, President / Founder


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