GuitarPoppa.com is a made in France project, launched in the 2000s… I was getting bored in my job, grumbling at that all-digital civilization, and mastering my Guild. There was also current events : vintage guitar fashion, Nu Rock and so teased my ears, one more time.
I spent hours collecting historic amps and stompboxes schematics, and I reactivated my technical courses. I collected a treasure of components. Thanks to the Red Army to have accumulated such stocks of tubes, transistors and capacitors. And to Philips-Mullard, Thomson, Siemens, all these big brands which used to work well and on long term…
Here’s now GuitarPoppa.com website, opened in the spring of 2015 … I hope you will find there cool stuffs at the crossroads of vintage feeling and contemporary tools. It will be articles, schematics, and original products for sale.
is not another cloner
The aim of vintage is not antiquity for antiquity… Nor the blind copy of schematics which were often already questionnable in their time. I’ve been testing them as prototype and through computer simulation… I tried to understand what happens at the same time in the circuit AND under the guitarist’s finger…
Vintage and contemporary components in Poppa”s stompboxes.
and contemporary project
The technical and sonic heart of my project is most often inherited from the long history of guitar effects… However, I do not stop there : although often cunning, vintage circuits may have defects inherent to the germanium technology, functional limitations due to superficial calculations, and thrifty developments, and even often stingy.
My products always include all the auxiliary circuitry, the internal or external settings which let to get all the potential of classic circuits, and now in a reliable way. I use vintage parts whenever audible (transistors, diodes, some capacitors and resistors at some places), or modern parts when contempory technology ensures reliability, low noise, temperature stability… and a good price.
Each products features several sound options, which result in a specific choice of the active components and specific settings. Each product is individually hand made and adjusted to get its own individuality. This is the craft spirit : Direct contact makes it possible to specify the customer’s wishes and carry out this individualization!
last edit : 2016, 12