In this book, “Amped – The Illustrated History of the World’s Greatest Amplifiers”, Dave Hunter explores 60 of the greatest guitar amplifiers created over the past 75 years starting with the 1937 Rickenbacker MIII all the way through to the 2011 Dr.Z Carmen Ghia. Hunter understandably concentrates on amps from the 1950′s and 1960′s with just a few picks from last 40 years including the 1970 Marshall Model 1959 Super Lead, the 1982 Dumble Overdrive Special and the Soldano SLO100. But as I said the main bulk of this book focuses on the legendary, groundbreaking guitar amps of the 50′s and 60′s with photos and specs of these rare vintage models along with an accompanying description of every detail that made the amp so special, from tubes used to wiring idiosyncrasies. There are also some great photos of guitar players who used the amps, Billy Gibbons with his 1946-47 Fender Dual Professional (including a look inside the amp), Jimmie Vaughan and Keith Richards with their 1977 Mesa/Boogie Mark I and a number of photos of Jimmy Page as you can imagine. Speaking of Jimmy page some the amps associated with him that feature in this book are the 1965 Supro Model 24, the 1968 Hiwatt Custom 50 DR504 pictured below and the 1968 Rickenbacker Transonic TS100.
1968 Hiwatt Custom 50 DR504
I have included a few photos so that you can see what’s inside the book, if you are a “gear nerd” like me I highly recommend this book there are some close up photos of rare amps and in many cases a look inside the amp at the circuits, tubes and speakers.
Fender Showman 6G14