(Guitar Amps I Have Known)
These are amps I own or have owned or otherwise have personal experience with. Facts are facts. Opinions are mine. Your mileage may vary.
I generally prefer tube amps, but there was one all solid state amp I really liked - the Lab L5 (coming soon). Right now, most of what's here is bare facts, since those are not always readily available on the web. Over time I will try to add more impressions, experiences, etc.
Since I've never felt I was good enough to justify huge expenditures on gear, you won't find any Marshalls or old Fenders here, at least any time soon. On the other hand, there's plenty of information out on the better known amps already. But some of the lesser known amps are great, too.
I'll add info on each of these over time.
- My first amp - a tube PA head (long gone)
- A borrowed, Silvertone amp in case.
- Old, tube, Wollensak reel to reel tape recorder with stereo amp (long gone)
- Home stereo (barf)
- Gutted 8-track player through two bass cabs (still have the cabs)
- Kalamazoo Model 1 (currently my son's, but another project amp coming soon)
- Univox Model 1040 2x12 combo (Fender Twin clone) (long gone)
- Stage 25 transistor practice amp (thankfully long gone)
- Lab Series L5 100 watt, 2x12 combo (long gone)
- Bogen J 330 (in project queue)
- Peavey Heritage VTX 212 (loaned out)
- Silvertone 1263 (desperately needing an overhaul)
- Kalamazoo Model 2 (one as current project test bed, another coming soon)
- Liberampce (guest appearance by a killer Hohner CA200)
- Kalamazoo Reverb 12 (I currently have two, but both need work)
- Gibson GA-6, GA-8T, GA-9 and GA-18T interim models (guest appearances by Gibsons I've worked on)
- Humming Univox U-1235 head (the unknown amp gets a name, maybe)
- Kalamazoo Model 3 (on loan to a budding guitarist until we can get them a better amp)
- Kalamazoo Model 4 (jam session extra amp)
- Kalamazoo Bass 30 (just because I gotta have one of each!)
Guitar Amps I'd Like to Have KnownI've put together a comparison of Gibson amplifiers to Fender amplifiers.
Create Your Own Guitar Amp!
- Converting Integrated/PA Tube Amps into Guitar Amps. (Joe Jasniewski's original paper)
- Notes on Converting PA Amps to Guitar Amps (Notes and thoughts related to Joe's paper-- mine and others')
- AX84 - my favorite DIY guitar amp site
Random NoiseAnd, just to keep things lively, I look at the perpetual questions, ``Which is better? Tubes or transistors?'' and ``Should I go for digital or analog?''
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Last updated: 03 March 2008
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