Traynor YGM-3

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Traynor YGM-3

Post by horseblanket » Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:04 pm

Just picked up a late 70's chassis off of CL for an incredibly low price. Anyone else got experience with this model?
So Far I am liking it. Sounds good and has a great trem. Reverb is a bit noise, but I think that might be an easy fix.
It also has a baxandall EQ which threw me for a loop at first but, it has gotten to spend some more time dialing it in, which has been fun.
Sound wise it's very clean and doesn't really break up much even when cranked to 10. Nice round and punchy cleans.

I am sure I am going to need to build a head cab at the least. Any recco's on speakers?

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Re: Traynor YGM-3

Post by MechaBulletBill » Sun Dec 29, 2019 4:21 am

i've had a few different speakers in my ygm3 but currently has a jensen tornado. not super efficient but very nice tone. cannabis rex was good too.

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Post by adamrobertt » Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:07 am

I had a '69 that I sort of regret selling... but I did some mods on it. First I converted it to open back, I also clipped the "presence" capacitor which helped a lot. Then I put in a Weber Silver Bell with hemp cone because the original speaker was blown. I ended up selling it because I had it in a ridiculous road case and I got sick of lugging it around. The reverb died eventually but I never figured out the problem. Guessing it was simple though.

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Re: Traynor YGM-3

Post by horseblanket » Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:26 am

Thanks for the tips.
Does clipping the presence tame that shrill high end. The Bax eq was killing me at first because turning down the treble alone eq was making it sound a little dull. Rotating both knobs at once helped but it's still a little sharp to my ears. I am hoping a different cab/speaker will help.

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Re: Traynor YGM-3

Post by horseblanket » Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:05 am

" I also clipped the "presence" capacitor which helped a lot."


Is this literally easy as just removing that cap?

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Post by adamrobertt » Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:19 pm

Yes it helped a lot, and yes it is that simple. Watch this video, he does the mod I did: https://youtu.be/hLhGeU4wb2U

Also it goes without saying - BE REALLY CAREFUL. If you have 0 idea what you're doing and you are afraid to touch things, have someone else do it. Make sure you completely discharge the capacitors and unplug the amp before you touch the inside. If you don't know how to do this, learn how, or have someone else do it.

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Re: Traynor YGM-3

Post by horseblanket » Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:25 pm

before doing any surgery I replaced the speaker with a ceramic weber thames I had lying around.
WHAT A HUGE difference. I love this amp now. Big cleans and no flub.

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Post by adamrobertt » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:37 am

Cool man. I'd actually still recommend clipping that capacitor, it really made the amp less ice-pick bright and made the tone controls much more usable (larger range of usable sweep on the knobs) but it's your call of course.

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Re: Traynor YGM-3

Post by MechaBulletBill » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:55 am

adamrobertt wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:37 am
Cool man. I'd actually still recommend clipping that capacitor, it really made the amp less ice-pick bright and made the tone controls much more usable (larger range of usable sweep on the knobs) but it's your call of course.
counterpoint - don't do that, the amp is great as is

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Re: Traynor YGM-3

Post by adamrobertt » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:05 am

MechaBulletBill wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:55 am
adamrobertt wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:37 am
Cool man. I'd actually still recommend clipping that capacitor, it really made the amp less ice-pick bright and made the tone controls much more usable (larger range of usable sweep on the knobs) but it's your call of course.
counterpoint - don't do that, the amp is great as is
The one I had was bright as fuck to the point that it hurt my ears (and there was nothing you could do about it, the treble control barely did anything and there was no presence knob), but then again I hate bright amps and this one has EL84s which is the same output tube as my least favorite amp - the VOX AC15/AC30.

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Post by MechaBulletBill » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:53 am

i guess mine has the bright cap on a "treble boost" switch... which i never engage

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Post by adamrobertt » Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:15 am

MechaBulletBill wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:53 am
i guess mine has the bright cap on a "treble boost" switch... which i never engage
Yes, that's a different version of the amp. The version that I had had three inputs and no bright switch. Basically imagine that the bright switch on your amp is on all the time and can't be turned off. Clipping the capacitor is like turning the switch off.

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Re: Traynor YGM-3

Post by MechaBulletBill » Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:53 am

yeah i forgot it was even there :fp: clip that sucker

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