Fender Hod Rod Deluxe Repair

This is the world’s most popular valve amp [citation needed], meaning I get a Hot Rod Deluxe Repair quite regularly. The amp has two common faults, which are well documented. The first, and most common is the grey ‘IC’ (Illinois capacitor) electrolytic caps which are prone to failure. Fender use these presumably because they’re the ... Read more Fender Hod Rod Deluxe Repair

Blackstar Series One repair S1-104EL34

This Blackstar Series One repair from February was a bit of a mess! The amp had unfortunately received the unhelpful care of another repairer who had left the amp in a terrible state. If you don’t like to see damaged PCBs, look away now. It was brought to me because it was blowing fuses at ... Read more Blackstar Series One repair S1-104EL34

Marshall Silver Jubilee repair – Marshall model 2558

I was quite intruiged when a Nottingham guitarist brought this Marshall Silver Jubilee repair to my Newark workshop. These amps have taken on a bit of a legendary status, due in no small part to their association with Slash and Joe Bonamassa. I love how this amp looks, and it’s got an interesting tone control ... Read more Marshall Silver Jubilee repair – Marshall model 2558

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Guitar Amplifier Repair in Newark (Nottingham)


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Keld Ampworks is a guitar amplifier repair service repairing audio electronic equipment in Newark (near Nottingham). I provide a fast and friendly service that is competitively priced. Please have a look around, I’ve repaired amplifiers by all of the main manufacturers (Fender, Marshall, Vox, Peavey, Laney, Mesa Boogie) and kept my customers’ boutique and unusual designs (Cornford, Carvin, Dr Z) in top condition.

Most of the amps that I fix are valve amplifier repairs, but I do see plenty of solid state amplifiers too. I’m happy to work on modern amplifiers like Line 6 and Hughes and Kettner, but equally comfortable restoring vintage amps. Besides guitar amps, I also repair bass amps, keyboard amps and guitar/bass wiring. At this time (Autumn 2020) I’m not available for work on PA equipment, DJ, speakers, HiFi or Keyboards.

I’m pleased to say that I’ve had many happy customers – if you’d like to check out some reviews of my service, please visit the feedback page (pun intended!). If your beloved guitar amplifier or bass amplifier is in need of repair, servicing, upgrading or modifying, then please do get in touch to discuss your needs.

My History in Guitar Amp Repair

Keld Ampworks Guitar amp repair was established in 2010 and moved to Newark (Nottingham) in 2012. Before Keld I studied with the Maughan Amplifier Company, a well-respected guitar amplifier repair and manufacturer in the North of England. I gained extensive experience of amp servicing in this position and during my time doing repairs and sales for Gear4Music. Although guitar amps are relatively simple, when repairing gear it’s important to have a thorough understanding of the theoretical as well as the practical and for this reason I completed a Masters in Electronic Engineering from the University of York.

As well as the repair and design of guitar and bass amplifiers, I currently work as a development engineer designing amplifiers for a world-leading audio engineering company. As an active musician, playing in a range of different bands, I really do understand how crucial it is to have your gear in top condition!

Recent Amp Repairs

Here’s the work I’ve been doing recently:

Polytone Minibrute repair
This Polytone Minibrute Repair came in from a Lincoln customer with an obnoxious hum problem. This unit is probably form Read more
AMI jukebox repair
Another first for Keld Ampworks - the first AMI Jukebox repair. I've turned down jukebox repairs in the past because Read more
Are valve amps louder than solid state amps?
Actually, let's start with a slightly different question... Are valve amps louder than solid state amps? Yes, valve amps often Read more
Sadly I'm sharing the story of a line 6 DT25 repair nightmare. The amp was blowing fuses. This was a Read more
Yamaha THR Repair
I thought I ought to document this Yamaha THR repair whilst I could still find the photos! The amp had Read more
Orange VT1000 valve tester repair
Orange VT1000 valve tester repair. I recently had to repair my own Orange VT1000 valve tester. I thought I'd post Read more
EBS amp repair
Today I repaired an EBS amp repair on a 2 hour turnaround! The customer brought the unit to my Newark Read more
Blackstar Series One repair
This Blackstar Series One repair from February was a bit of a mess! The amp had unfortunately received the unhelpful Read more
Blackstar ID-30 TVP repair
This is the first Blackstar ID30 TVP repair that I've come across, but there wasn't much to the job. The owner Read more
This Fender Brownface repair was something of a labour of love here at Keld Ampworks. It's a fascinating amp - Read more