Noisy Controls in an SWR Red Head Bass Combo

This combo amp really turns heads whenever it is played.  However, over the decades, the controls have become noisy. Time for the Unbrokenstring Crew to do some remedial magic and get this unit back in top form! This unit has a 1U rack space under the head unit, which is a nice touch!   Let’s…

Maxtone CB Wah Wah Pedal Repair

George had this wah pedal in his collection but realized one day that it didn’t work.  Could the Unbrokenstring Crew help? These pedals are common but there is very little literature available on them.  That won’t stop us!   On the bottom of the unit, we find this text.   And, we find this text. …

Ampeg BA115 Bass Combo Amp Repair

Mysteriously, this modern Ampeg bass combo amp quit working.  Could the Unbrokenstring Crew make it right? The unit appears to be completely dead, with power present at the fuse holder.  Let’s go inside to take a look around.   More goodness from St. Louis Music.   This picture documents the wiring polarity on the main…

Ibanez / Stratus TS-9 Clone Pedal Repair

What do we have here? This pedal is completely custom inside and out.  Who made it?  And why does it not work?  Can the Unbrokenstring Crew decipher this jewel and get it working again? Matt received this as a gift after a live show, from an appreciative fan.  It has an honored place on his…

Kustom KPC15MP Powered Monitor Repair and Refurbishment

This powered monitor/PA box was badly abused but could become the basis for a good keyboard amp.  Could the Unbrokenstring Crew put it back together and make it gig-worthy? All of the parts are here, but they are rattling around inside.  Electrically, it worked, but the third-world construction techniques rendered the unit worthless for loading…

Fender Rhodes Electric Piano Amp Refurbishment

A Southeast Texas area church had a wonderful Rhodes Piano that needed some attention.  Whenever the unit was powered on, a loud hum was all that came through the speakers.  Time for the UnbrokenString Crew to go to work! The Fender Rhodes Piano consists of a keyboard section, containing keys, action, and tuned rods that…

Blackstar HT5RH Guitar Head is Dead

This five watt head had gone nearly silent. The national retail chain that sold it told the owner to purchase a new one, because that’s their business model. Could the Unbrokenstring Crew repair this unit and bring it back to life? At five watts, this head is bedroom-friendly, yet there are plenty of opportunities for…

JR Beck Six String Bass Blend Pot Adventure

Billy said that he really liked this bass, but the blend pot was coming loose and something electrical was intermittent inside the instrument. Could The Unbrokenstring Crew look it over and make it stage-worthy again? In literary circles, the term “vanity publishing” is often applied to authors who self-publish their own works. The JR Beck…

Sovtek Small Stone Pedal Refurb and Update

The modulation rate control on this wonderful Sovtek Small Stone phaser effect pedal had broken. While the unit is in the shop, could the Unbrokenstring Crew also add a 21st century DC pedal power jack to the unit? Like a message in a bottle, this pedal has the look and feel of a relic from…