By Dave Hunter
Guitarists love amps—really love them. Amplifiers may perhaps glance uninteresting to the remainder of the realm, yet to guitarists they're choked with mystique, romance, and rockin' sound. And whereas there are numerous strong-selling electrical guitar histories on hand, here's the 1st illustrated historical past of the electrical guitar’s ally, the amp. World-famous guitar and amp historian Dave Hunter tells the tale of 60 of the best amps ever equipped, together with classics from Fender, Marshall, Vox, the unusual EchoSonic that created Elvis' sound, and the last word esoteric $75,000+ Dumble amps. the tale is illustrated with thousands of technical pictures, infrequent machines, catalogs, memorabilia, and the amps of the celebrities, from Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan to Eric Clapton. This is a ebook guitarists will drool over.
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For all its flimsy particleboard cabinet, lightweight speakers, and relatively undersize transformers—and despite its supposed fold-and-go convenience—the 55 JDR 8437 is an awkward and surprisingly heavy amp to carry around. More often than not, you’ll find them with handle busted too. Stick something reliable on there, latch it up tight, and haul it to your next blues or roots rock gig. The looks on the faces of the people in the audience—not to mention those of your own band members—will be more than worth it.
The alterations give the amp a little more bite, broaden the frequency response slightly, and are easily reversible should you decide they’re not for you or you want to sell the amp later in more original condition. 31 1/17/12 11:34 AM (Text) (RAY) (Fogra 39) Job:12-27525 Title:MBI-149852 Amped #175 Dtp:204 Page:31 1955 Gretsch 6169 electroMatIc twIn western oncE upon a timE in thE Wild WESt What good was selling a newfangled electric guitar back at the dawn of the revolution if you didn’t have an electric guitar amplifier to go along with it?
It’s got character aplenty and quirk to spare—and sometimes that’s worth a world of fidelity and efficiency. That said, it is much revered in some circles as an amp for blues harp wailers, as are many vintage amps with multiples of 8-inch speakers. Little Walter’s name comes up in harp circles as a possible player of this 8x8-inch Dano/Ward model, and you can certainly imagine his sizzling, reedy tone emanating from one of these. The observation in itself highlights the fact that this is the kind of amp you play as an effect as much as an “amplifier” per se, which is what amplified harp tone is all about.
Amped: The Illustrated History of the World's Greatest Amplifiers by Dave Hunter