Monday, August 3, 2009

Epiphone Valve Junior - the Gain Matrix Mod

Here's a gain reduction mod I recently completed on an Epiphone Valve Junior. The owner was looking for less volume and less gain. This mod has 3 switches each with three positions:

Epiphone Valve Junior gain reduction with the gain matrix mod

With all the switches set to the left the amp is stock. Flipping a switch to the center position reduces the gain by taking the cathode bypass cap for that stage out of the circuit.

Flipping it all the way to the right switches in a different value cap for the cathode bypass. In the right position the upper two switches act as differently voiced bright/body switches and the bottom one acts as a deep switch.

The amp can now be made quiet enough to be used at home. It can be cleaned up for less gainy sounds and brightened for more clarity. And it can be quickly returned to stock if you miss that muddy sound it had when it was new. The various combinations of three switches give a total of 26 alternate voicings.

I shot pictures of this mod but I haven't written up a whole description. If anyone is interested in seeing the whole process, let me know in the comments section of this post and I'll put the details together.