The first of the new amps is a Vox AC-30. If this type of amp doesn't ring a bell, think of the famous guitar sounds of The Beatles, U2, Radiohead, and Tom Petty. These people/bands have relied on Vox amps for the majority of their signature sound.
This is The Edge's (U2) original 1964 Vox AC-30. It has suppossedly been used on EVERY U2 album.
Brian May of Queen. Nine AC-30's!
Those early 1960's AC-30's have become some of the most sought after vintage amps out there, which of course means the price to get one is VERY high. Thankfully for us in 2007 Vox introduced what they are calling "The Holy Grail of Vox tone", and "Perhaps the finest Vox amplifier in the company's 50 year history". This limited addition (only 500 made) version of the AC-30 is completely hand-wired and absolutely beautiful. The normal channel in this amp is an exact copy of the 1958 EF86 preamp channel, and the other channel is an exact copy of the 1963 Top Boost channel. To top it all off it's made out of stunning African Mahogany and (of course) includes two of the famous Celestion Blue speakers.
The second new amplifier that deserves a fine introduction is an amazing 1969 Marshall 50 watt head. The guts of this thing are seriously from 1969 and of course, are hand-wired and all original. Once again if this type of amplifier isn't ringing a bell think early Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, early Eddie Van Halen, and Angus Young. The list could go on and on.
Jimi Hendrix's Marshall stack.
Eric Clapton shown here while playing with Cream.
Honestly I haven't had a very extensive history with Marshall amps. I am proud to say that the first "real" guitar amplifier I bought (when I was in highschool) was a Marshall JCM 900 half stack. This was a pretty impressive amp for a 17 year old and I played this amp exclusively until I fell in love with Vox (refer to the story above). So even though I've heard amazing Marshall sounds on recordings most of my perception of these amps came from my JCM 900. While there is nothing at all wrong with that amp, my memories weren't all that impressive. So when Eric started talking about wanting a Marshall head I just kinda went along with it. I assumed I'd use it here and there but really it'd be Eric's tool. Well let me be the first to admit I was gravely wrong about true vintage Marshall tone!! As soon as I began playing through this beautiful red amp I knew I was falling in love all over again. Yes, Vox is my first love, and will always be, but now there was a new contender.
By adding these amps to our "tools of the trade" we believe that we'll be able to give our clients an even more enjoyable and inspiring studio experience. We take what we do very seriously and want to be able to offer the best. Actually, very soon we'll have another exciting addition to our amplifier collection to tell you about! But until then we'll be perfectly content with these two new (to us) pieces of guitar history.