February 21, 2017

Ossie Explains the History and Design of DC Solderless

Recently Ossie recorded a couple of videos to explain how we came up with the idea and design of our DC Solderless system. He also shows you how easy it is to put together. Check it out!!

December 06, 2016

Pedalboard Pedigree

You may be wondering why an amp company designed a DC Solderless connector for pedals and pedalboards? The easy answer is we saw a need for such a connector from our experience in building and wiring pedalboards (we're pedal guys). So how much experience do I personally have in building and wiring pedalboards? Quite a lot actually, here’s some history.

FXperts Custom Pedalboards

FXperts Custom Pedalboards (tolexed/carpeted in the living room of my apartment)

When I played in a semi-popular regional touring band in the late 80’s, I designed a carpeted pedalboard with a lift-off lid as there was no available version to buy. A few bands we played with saw my board and inquired about getting their own, so for a few years I made an sold boards to friends in other bands. A few years later in 1994 I started selling these boards online as a company called Fxperts Pedalboards (first pedalboard company online as far as I remember). I sold quite a few in the next 5 years or so, including ones to Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam), Sean Lennon, Greg Liesz, and Reeves Gabrels. When I started touring full-time as a guitar tech (which I've done now for 20+ years), I just couldn’t keep up with the demand and unfortunately let the company die on the vine. As a side note, another company took my design and started making pedalboards and I believe they are still in business.

pedalboard.com Flat Board 

pedalboard.com Flat Pedalboard (built and wired for Audley Freed)

Brad Whitford Modular Pedalboard

pedalboard.com Modular Pedalboard (built and wired for Brad Whitford)

A few years later in the early 2000’s a friend had me build prototypes for a aluminum edged flat board that he wanted to start selling along with his Juicebox power supply. I would take over the company (pedalboard.com) for him as it grew and I wanted to slow down on touring. He and another friend also designed a Modular pedalboard that’s main body was made of powder coated aluminum and had wooden end panels and space on the back for rack effects, a footswitchable effects loop box, power supply, patch bay, etc. I continued to sell these flat boards and Modular pedalboards for a few years until touring again took over my life.

Brad Whitford Pedalboard

3 Monkeys Amps Pedalboard for Brad Whitford (Aerosmith)

Wanting to retire from the road (at least part-time) I started 3 Monkeys Amps in late 2007 with Ossie Ahsen and Brad Whitford. I didn’t stop making or wiring pedalboards however and have done work for all the bands I’ve worked for such as Aerosmith, Green Day, Black Crowes, Linkin Park, etc. Most recently making a 3 Monkeys themed pedalboard for the last few Aerosmith tours.

To sum up, pedals and pedalboards are in our blood. Have any questions? Hit us up here.

---> Greg

November 30, 2016

So what are 2.1MM DC Solderless Plugs anyway?

So we've been asked the above question quite a few times, by friends, family, non-musicians, etc. And since no one else is making this kind of plug, even guitar players might not know what it is or that it even exists.

Simply put, we have taken the standard 2.1mm x 5.5mm DC power plug/cable, which usually plugs between the power supply (Voodoo Lab Pedal Power, etc.) and an effects pedal on a guitarists pedalboard, and made it solderless and cut-to-length.

Since most of us have quite a few pedals, the standard DC power cables (which are normally 18" in length) can create quite a mess once the extra cable length is zip-tied or otherwise knotted together. With our DC Solderless plugs and custom cable, you can easily cut the cable to length and assemble a plug on each end within a few minutes.

Here's an example.

The top photo shows the standard pre-packaged cables bundled to the left of the Tuner. The bottom photo shows our DC Solderless cables, with no excess, routed to each pedal.

Questions? Hit us up here

November 17, 2016

2.1mm DC Solderless Plugs and Cable Available Now!!

It's been over a year in the making, but we have finally received our first batch of 2.1mm DC connectors from our US manufacturer. We will be filling all the pre-orders immediately, and should have plenty of stock for the upcoming Christmas season (they make a great gift, don't you think?). To all our pre-order customers, thanks for your support and patience. - Greg and Ossie View full article →
October 14, 2016

Limited Production Of All Current Models

You'll notice that all current models are now in limited production. That means when the chassis' and parts for these models are gone, we will cease production of these amps. We have parts for all models, so don't hesitate to contact us with an order.  Currently we are working on some new projects and a complete redesign of cabs and chassis' as well as a few surprises.
June 03, 2016

Finally, a solderless 2.1mm DC plug for Pedals and Pedalboards!!

We've all been using solderless 1/4” audio cables on our pedalboards for years. 

So when Greg was building a new pedalboard for himself (for once) last year and was making some custom DC power cables, it dawned on him that if he could use solderless DC plugs, his board would go together faster and be neater at the same time. 

So here it is, our 2.1mm DC solderless plug, which can be used as a straight plug or right angle (90º) along with our small diameter solderless cable. True freedom from the currently bundled, cheap plastic DC plugs and cable.

We're taking pre-orders here.

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September 01, 2015

Moving the Shop

Just wanted to inform everybody that we we are in the process of moving the shop to a new location. We are open and business is running as usual, we're still designing/building/shipping amps. If you need to contact us please email info@3monkeysamps.com

July 13, 2015

Rogers Project Completion

The amp has been completed and has now been under testing for a few days… It has surpassed my expectations.

Finished specs :
2x 5881 output tubes
3x ECC83 preamp tubes
5F6A circuit with a few tweaks
Celestion Creamback Alnico 12" speaker
Standard 3 Monkeys 1-12 ORG combo cab
Presence, Middle, Bass, Treble, Vol 1, Vol 2 , 2 inputs per channel, 2 channels
Black levant covering
White Acoustone grillcloth

I am pleased.

 

July 11, 2015

Rogers Project Main Board

Board is now in and wired…

Ok ……….extra bonus points to anyone who finds what may be "out of sorts"…

I know we have some tech minded individuals here…

Where is waldo????

Go to our Facebook Page for the discussion.

July 10, 2015

Rogers Project Input Jack Wiring

When we last saw the amplifier the board was just dropped in. Before wiring it all up I like to get the input jacks in. These are plastic insulated jacks as found on most British amps. They are plastic to insulate them from the chassis and allow for any point in the chassis to be used for grounding the input. I am going to tie them to the quietest point which just happens to be located directly under them.
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