Amped: The Illustrated History of the World's Greatest Amplifiers

Amped: The Illustrated History of the World's Greatest Amplifiers


By (author) Dave Hunter

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  • Publisher: Voyageur Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 238mm x 278mm x 22mm | 1,320g
  • Publication date: 7 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Stillwater
  • ISBN 10: 0760339724
  • ISBN 13: 9780760339725
  • Illustrations note: 400 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 171,721

Product description

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. "

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Author information

Dave Hunter is an author, musician, and journalist. He is the author of several popular books about guitars, amps, and effects, including Voyageur Press's "Star Guitars," "The Fender Stratocaster," "The Gibson Les Paul," and "365 Guitars, Amps & Effects You Must Play." A regular contributor to "Guitar Player "and "Vintage Guitar" magazines, he resides in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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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.