Top Hat amplifiers are 100% tube sound and performance. These hand built amps feature point to point circuitry and serve up incredible tone. Top Hat Amps are built in Anaheim, California, and the company is run by Brian Gerhard. All of the amplifier work is done personally by Brian. These amps are inspired by old fender tweed and blackface amps and model the classic circuit designs. (more...)
Victoria Amplifiers were created by Mark Baier who wanted a ‘50s style amp that could handle the needs of modern day players. His main inspiration was Leo Fender and the designs of early tweed and blackface amps.
In his faithful recreations of these early classics, Baier makes use of original circuits including transformers, capacitors, resistors, eyelet boards, pots, and the like. These amplifiers combine modern fidelity with classic taste.
At Carr Amplifiers everyone is a guitarist so building the perfect amp for use at home, in the studio, on stage, or for multiple uses is their goal. They are discerning players and know what you are looking for in an amp and do their best to provide you with as many options as possible. With one of the most unique circuit designs and cabinets crafted by hand, Carr Amplifiers (located in Pittsboro, North Carolina),make a one of a kind product.
Roots music pioneers Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup and Muddy Waters were among a number of struggling musicians in the 40's and 50's who played Silvertones because of their solid build and reasonable price. Word spread quickly and in the course of a few decades the Silvertone had established it's place in the history of american roots music, as the unofficial 1st guitar of the greats. Chet Atkins, Hendrix, Dylan and many others, first cut their teeth on a Silvertone. (more...)
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Michael D Zaite, aka Dr Z (break the initials down - M.D. Z = Dr. Z.), has been tinkering with tube amps and electronics since he was 13 years old. His father owned a television repair business and later went on to became an equipment engineer in the medical field. After school Zaite followed in his father's footsteps and landed a job working with G.E. as a medical equipment technical support specialist. His day to day duties had him fiddling with some pretty high tech medical gear like cat scan and xray machines as well as nuclear cameras. Most of the medical equipment was actually tube based, and he was one of a small number of techs who knew how to service the machines. (more...)
Here's a nice little of vid of Aerosmith's Brad Whitford playing the Bad Cat Hot Cat 30R. Some call this little 30 watt bad boy the "baddest" member of the Bad Cat Arsenal, and just from this rough demo you can get a pretty good sense of why. (more...)