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In a world where technological progress for the sake of “the product” seems to outstrip genuine cultural and social advancement, it’s refreshing to still be able to fire up a chunk of archaic technology and make some rock ‘n’ roll. Enter Amped, a history of the world’s greatest guitar and bass amplifiers, from the quaint 1937 Rickenbacher M11 to the latest and greatest Matchless. Here are more than sixty classic amps, including Leo Fender’s iconic tweed Bassman, the sonorous Vox AC30, Jim Marshall’s powerhouse stacks, Supro, Hiwatt, Orange, Mesa/Boogie, Alexander Dumble’s mad creations, Trainwreck, and many more—plus some cool oddities, electrical freaks, and fascinating failures. Now, if they could just bottle that vintage tube amp smell, we would really be getting somewhere.
Guitarists love amps—really
love them. Amplifiers may look dull to the rest of the world, but to guitarists they are full of mystique, romance, and rockin' sound. And while there are many strong-selling electric guitar histories available, here's the first illustrated history of the electric guitar’s best friend, the amp. World-famous guitar and amp historian Dave Hunter tells the story of 60 of the greatest amps ever built, including classics from Fender, Marshall, Vox, the bizarre EchoSonic that created Elvis' sound, and the ultimate esoteric $75,000+ Dumble amps. The story is illustrated with hundreds of technical photos, rare machines, catalogs, memorabilia, and the amps of the stars, from Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan to Eric Clapton. This is a book guitarists will drool over.
About the Author
Dave Hunter is an author, musician, and journalist. He is the presenter and co-author of the Totally Interactive Guitar Bible and its two follow-ups, Interactive Fender Bible and Interactive Gibson Bible. Among his other books are the popular The Guitar Amp Handbook, Guitar Rigs, and Guitar Effects Pedals. He contributes regularly to Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar magazines.
Table of Contents
Introduction1937 Rickenbacher M111946 Masco MAP-151946–1947 Fender Dual ProfessionalCirca 1949 Silvertone 1304Circa 1950 Oahu 230k Tone Master1950s Flot-A-ToneCirca 1952 Gibson GA-50TCirca 1955 Danelectro Twin Twelve1955 Fender Pro 5D5Circa 1955 Gretsch 6169 Electromatic Twin WesternCirca 1955 Montgomery Ward 55 JDR 8437Circa 1956 Ray Butts EchoSonic1957 Fender Champ 5F1Circa 1957 Maestro GA-45T1958 Fender Twin 5F8-A1958 Magnatone Custom 2801958–1960 Fender Bassman 5F6-A1959 Ampeg Jet 121959 Fender Deluxe 5E31959–1960 Fender Super 5G4Circa 1960 Vox AC151960 Fender Tremolux 5G9Circa 1960 Vox AC301960 Fender Showman 6G14Circa 1961 Gibson GA-79RVTCirca 1961 Selmer Truvoice Selectortone Automatic1961 Ampeg M-151962 Fender Princeton 6G2Circa 1962 Marshall JTM451963 Epiphone EA-50T Pacemaker1963 Fender Vibroverb 6G16Circa 1963 Vox AC101963 Gretsch 6156 Playboy1963 Fender Twin Reverb AB763Circa 1964 Vox AC41964 Sonola Reverb 98-RT1964 Fender Super Reverb1964 Selmer Zodiac Twin 50Circa 1965 Vox AC30 Top Boost1965 Supro Model 24Circa 1965 Airline 62-9015A1965 Fender Deluxe ReverbCirca 1965 Marshall Model 19581965 Vox Pacemaker V-3Circa 1966 Supro S6651 Big StarCirca 1968 Hiwatt Custom 50 DR504Circa 1968 Kustom 100 1-15L-2Circa 1968 Rickenbacker Transonic TS100Circa 1968 Marshall JMP50 “Plexi”Circa 1970 WEM Dominator Mk III1970 Marshall Model 1959 Super LeadCirca 1971 Orange Graphic Overdrive GRO100Circa 1975 Park Lead 501977 Mesa/Boogie Mark 11982 Dumble Overdrive Special1986 Trainwreck Express1990 Soldano Super Lead Overdrive SLO-100Circa 1990 Matchless DC-301994 Matchless Spitfire2000 TopHat Club Deluxe2011 Dr. Z Carmen GhiaIndexAbout the Author