Guitar Amplifier Electronics: Basic Theory

Guitar Amplifier Electronics: Basic Theory

Richard Kuehnel

Our new book uses these calculators to design preamp stages, cathode followers, tone stacks, power amps, phase inverters, negative feedback, and power supplies.

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guitar amp preamp cathode circuit

What does this calculator do?

A single-ended power amp is typically driven by a triode with an unbypassed cathode resistor that serves as an injection point for global negative feedback. The effective impedance between the cathode and ground is an important factor in setting the amount of feedback. The cathode resistor is in parallel with the triode's cathode impedance, which depends on the value of the plate load (RL in parallel with the power amp's grid-leak resistor RG), the triode's amplification factor, and its plate resistance.

This calculator determines the effective impedance between the cathode and ground, i.e. the cathode resistor in parallel with the cathode impedance.