ROCKDOG AMPLIFIER REPAIRS is located at Albion Park Rail within the Haworth Music Centre complex which is 20 minutes from the Wollongong CBD and offers a wide range of services for musicians. The workshop is fully equipped to repair, service and test all kinds of guitar and bass amps.
- Repairs and servicing of most types of guitar and bass amps.
- Repairs of mostly older FX pedals including popular mods and component upgrades.
- Pedal board construction, troubleshooting, mods and wiring including custom length patch leads.
- Installation of pickups of your choice in guitars and basses. Repairs and replacement of guitar wiring, switches, pots and jacks.
ROCKDOG is the only shop on the South Coast that is totally dedicated to the repair of tube and solid-state amplifiers used by musicians.
Guitar and bass amplifiers, as well as some older mixers and PA equipment, are some of the last remaining pieces of electronic equipment that can still be economical to repair.
Amps can break down for a number of reasons but unlike the ‘throw away’ type of electronics we are becoming more accustomed to these days, amplifiers, especially tube amplifiers, still use parts that can be individually replaced if they fail.
‘Regardless of what type of amp you use, you will find that like strings on guitars or oil in an automobile, tubes do wear out. Amps are not maintenance-free and as they age, they undergo changes. The tubes are subjected to wear and tear, some of the electronic parts lose their initial properties, and pots and jacks get old. Bad tubes can cause premature failure of other parts, such as the output transformer, speaker, and other vital components. If your amp sounds bad, weak, or otherwise not up to par, don’t just hope the problem will go away. Get it fixed. Keep on top of the maintenance, replace the tubes when necessary, and get the most from your amp’. (Aspen Pittman – CEO Groove Tubes)
Of course, there is a point when it would be considered uneconomical to repair certain equipment but in most cases the cost of repairs are much lower than the price of a new amp. And once an amp has been repaired and set up properly it really can be as ‘good as new’.
If you have recently purchased a second-hand amplifier, consider getting it serviced. An amp service includes a very stringent inspection of all components and circuit boards, cleaning and/or replacing of controls and connections, output power and wave form checked, tubes checked and biased plus a full report on the condition of the unit.
I also offer free advice on pedal set-ups and getting the best sound from your equipment.