|Guitar Amplifier Blueprinting
"Helping guitarists sound better ... one amp at a time"
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|Myles on the right and Loni
Specter on the left. Loni is
the owner of Lapdancer
guitars and the creative
force behind the L.A. Guitar
Show and the Amp Show.
Click on the Lapdancer
below for more info
|Saunders - Stewart Models has a
number of models who are available
for DVD video work, CD cover artwork,
and concert promotion such as
merchandise handout / sales or
|Check out the PJB
Briefcase (in the
foreground in the above
picture) by clicking here
|Amplifier Prints and
For prints on various amps,
click on the name of the amp.
Others will be added as time
VOX (and some others)
|AMPEG FENDER GIBSON
HIWATT LANEY MARSHALL
MUSIC MAN ORANGE
SOUND CITY TRANOR1
HOFFMAN KITS JTM45 INFO
|The speaker companies -
the more common - and
links to their speaker lines,
data sheets, response
curves and graphs
Orange County Speaker -
the best speaker repair
|What's this above? - A visit at the end of
August 2005 from Ludovic Pierson with a car
load of amps made the trek to California. I
was able to play with a new Champ, Tweed
Deluxe, and Low Power Tweed Twin. I
compared my own Pierson Champ to the
latest build and the quality and tone is still
there in spades. My big surprise was that
"my" amp was delivered. You see it at the
right rear - gold grillcloth and wine tolex.
This is the amp I designed to be built by
Ludo and I am more than happy with the end
result. From the Jensen caps in the front
end to the speaker, it was designed with my
own twist on things. Very wide range of
tones from a classic stance with more gain
and output on tap that you may expect - to
learn a bit more about Pierson Amps CLICK
|The four photos above - To the left is John March (www.zenbluesmusic.com) who is a killer player (check out his website for his
bio). We are in the process of blueprinting his Twin Reverb. You can see his pedal board and if you look closely you can find the
exiled TS808 that has been replaced by a Zendrive (www.hermidaaudio.com). In the right most photo with John is Loni Specter
(www.ampshow.com) who dropped by to show off a new speaker cabinet of his own new design .... sorry, no details here, see it
at the May 2006 Ampshow .... This is a cab that even my wife liked which says a lot.
|The red amp
above I consider
to be one of the
two finest amps
in the world ... for
me anyway. If I
could have only
ONE amp I would
force it to be two
.... the Carmen
Ghia and a 65
|Since there will be some Brad Paisley information a bit further down on this page I thought I'd put some Doctor Z
amps here first. Brad Paisley - no matter what your taste in music may be, if you are a guitar player you should give
Brad a listen. Brad Paisley is a Dr. Z amp user. If it is not clear from the percentage of Dr. Z amps in my personal
inventory I will say this .... All these amps are different, all unique, all masterpieces. They are some of the world's
finest amps. CLICK ON THE CD COVER to head directly to Amazon for Brad's latest CD out Aug 2005. I also have
Zac Childs shown here. Zac has been with Brad for more years and covered more miles on the road with Brad than
he can probably remember. In mid 2005 or so Zac left his full time road gig with Brad. Chad Weaver now has those
duties and is doing a killer job.
|Be sure to look for the "ask
Zac" column in Vintage
Guitar Magazine! Great
|Dec 10, 2004 Kodak Theater Hollywood CA. Load in for the
KZLA Peter Tilden's Christmas benefit show. Brad Paisley,
Restless Heart, Dierks Bentley, and Mindy Smith. It was a great
show. It all starts with the equipment being there on time!
|On August 6th 2004 Brad performed in Ventura CA. This was a great concert. Brad has two of the new Dr. Z Prescription "Extra Strength" amps in his current rig. The Dr. Z
section of this website was updated with info on this amp and a lot more on Brad. To see that fast CLICK HERE
|Click on the CD cover
(right) to head to
Amazon for this great
|Another Z amp
|The killer player today and tomorrow? Don't less this guy go by without a listen. He is on Alligator
Records (the label that was Roy Buchanan's label at times). Go see one of his performances
BEFORE you have to wait in huge lines and pay $200.00 for a ticket!
More on Michael in the Dr. Z amp area (Delta 88) in the Z amp section from "The World's Great
Amps button above.
|Rebecca Lynn Howard
One of the most impressive talents today is Rebecca Lynn Howard. She has a voice that is really something special. She is also a prolific song
writer. She has been up for Grammy and other awards. "Forgive" was up for multiple awards. Rebecca is one to keep your eyes on.
If you are not a "popular country" fan, her work is still very worth inclusion into any record collection. Her recorded works are backed by some of
the finest talent and musicians in the business.
|Click on the CD cover above to
head to Amazon for this great
|Patrick Selfridge - cool guy
... great player. Now at
Patrick from GT on a PRS
22 trying out a Dr. Z Z-28
with Z 2x10 cabinet.
Patrick with a custom Tele
running over to a Fender
Click on the picture for a
larger image if you dare.
|Loni Specter on the left
(L.A. Guitar Show fame
and Lapdancer Guitars
owner). Now Loni is
planning The Amp
Myles on the right.
Click on either photo for
a larger image if your
stomach can take it.
|This is GT's Jim Wigle
Jimmy is GT's head amp designer but also has
his own line of amplifiers, killer pedals and
effects. He does work and mods for more folks
than I can begin to mention. When Jimmy is not
messing with amps he plays though them. Jimmy
is a bit more of an aggressive player than most of
us other clowns at GT. Over Jimmy's head we see
the GT founder and President Aspen Pittman.
More on Jimmy if you CLICK HERE
|I think this may be
how my wife sees me.
Click on the picture for
a larger image
|I will always be stuck in the sixties in many ways
for the rest of my life.
|Rick Benson. If you are in the music bizz you
know Rick Benson. Rick is not all tubes, amps,
and guitars! He is a straight shootin' cowboy
who can ride, rope, shoot and play the part in any
western cowboy movie. If anybody can tell me
three titles of movies he has been in I will give
you a complete new set of tubes for your guitar
amp. Rick is the head of sales and the head of
A&R at GT. For a list of the folks he has to "ride
herd over" CLICK HERE
|Working at GT is not all work and no play. This are some of the fun times at GT. Some
of these photos are older and do not show all the equipment. The room is always
stocked with all the GT amps as well as an ever changing inventory of amps from
Aspen's personal vintage collection. Keyboards include about 3-5 synths on stage, a
Hammond B-3 with TWO Leslie cabs, a classic tuck and roll Kustom keyboard and
others. There is a full acoustic drum kit on stage and a full electronic drum kit on stage
with it's own amp setup. There is a full PA system, monitors, and the room is mic'd and
patched into the studio.
Click on the picture for a larger image.
|Greg Leisz playing a
Pierson Tweed Champ.
Greg played a lot of
different amps and this
seemed to be the one that
got him the most excited.
|Doing a bit of blueprinting work on one of Carl's amps. He had a very nice Strat. By the time we were done we wondered
what a Tele would sound like. On the right is Carl playing one of my Teles. If you look below the switchplate you will see
a little photo sticker. The big version of the photo is somewhere above. There is a lot more on Carl at his website at
Click on any of the pictures for larger ones.
|There are hundreds of pages on this site .... this is just the first main page. Don't worry if you found something once and cannot seem
to find it again. I do not delete things. Even I forget where I put things but they are here somewhere!
|It doesn't get any better than being able to play with a guy that
may be one of the top ten guitarists in the world.
Seriously ... Jeff Lund is known by a lot of folks and has to be
the most humble player on the planet. A compliment will
usually get a Jeff response of "get outta here, I'm way out of
practice" or something like that.
Many years ago there was a documentary done on Roy
Buchanan called "the best unknown guitarist in the world".
Now that Roy is gone I refer to Jeff Lund in this way.
A master of every style; give him a Ricky and Vox and it's
instant Beatles. A Strat and Fender and its SRV or Hendrix. A
Les Paul and Marshall and just name a group from that era.
I don't have Jeff on my "best players" page in here as many
don't know him, he does not record and is one of those
unsung heros that just play with friends and takes a studio or
recording gig now and then as a favor to friends.
Two of my life's great moments are - getting Timothy Leary's
autograph (my only autograph) and playing with Jeff Lund.
|I will always be stuck in the
sixties in many ways for the rest
of my life.
|To left three above shots are of the inside of a Fargen Blackbird. This is something of a hand
wired Fender BF but Ben Fargen uses top notch components and construction such as stainless
steel machine screws and locking nuts for a start. Ben has a lot of models and a great custom
shop too. This is one of my favorite and most used amps. More at www.fargenamps.com
Above right is Jack's dual amp setup in his room. A Pierson Champ (
www.pierson-amps.com) on the left and Dr. Z Mini Z on the right
(www.drzamps.com/miniz.html). On the left Jack is playing his '62
Fender slabboard strat through his favorite "downstairs amp" a 65
Amps London (www.65amps.com/London.htm)
|This spot reserved for the next Carl Verheyen Workshop
If you are ready to take the next step forward in your playing, this seven hour
intense workshop may be just the ticket. This is an intense 7 hour day (with
lunch) that covers all aspects of electric guitar playing, from rhythm and lead
playing to live and studio work and the gear required. All ages and levels are
welcome but the class is limited to 25 people. I am not sure, but I think this
all day workshop is $135.00 which is a pretty amazing bargain! Keep an eye
out for Carl's DVD that was shot 1/28/05. I was at this show and I think this is
going to be an amazing DVD in full surround sound, a must for any guitar
player. If you don't play guitar, no worry! You'll love the show, the songs and
the performance. This was one of the best shows I have been to in a long
time The band was very tight. The tone was pretty spectacular and their
recording system was about as good as it gets with no expense spared.
This DVD will be a classic. For more info on Carl Verheyen hit his website at
|Many of you know that boats have
always been a part of my life. For many
years I was a licensed yacht broker with
Purcell Yacht and Ship Brokers and
also worked closely with Camper &
Nicholsons who are global. These
folks have been around since the
1800's. If you want to charter or
purchase a great yacht just click on the
white C&N banner to the left. If you are
in the USA you can also call my friend at
C&N; Diana Mares in West Palm Beach
1 561 655 2121. Check out the C&N
website for a lot of interesting info.
|This website was started in February 2002. Since then, as of March 2006 over
2,000,000 folks have visited this website. These are not "hits", these are individual
This site accepts no advertising of any sort. If I believe in a product I may list it here.
I generally refrain from saying bad things about a product. On rare occasions I may say
something if I feel it will help a musician avoid problems
|Latest Concert Photos or Photos of Interest - click on them for larger versions
|This is Erik Halbig. He was one of two of Sara Evans'
guitarists for three and a half years. Erik is a killer player
and also the current producer for the new Tanya Tucker
reality TV show. Erik has some great books and a great
CD. There is more on Erik back up the page a bit as well as
Amazon links to his books.
|Casey Pollock left above. Also with Sara Evans. These shots were in late October
05. October 1,2 05 Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, and SugarLand (right photo above)
were together in a concert as this one. Brad Paisley was also at this concert but not
shown here. At the October 1st concert Casey played a solo at the end of one of
Sara's songs using his Matchless amp with a Zendrive pedal that was one of the finest
guitar tones I have ever heard. I will have more on this pedal in the future. The
Zendrive was in use by Brad Paisley, Gary Hooker (Brad Paisley), Erik Halbig (Sara
Evans), and Casey Pollock (Sara Evans). Killer Pedal. More on these at