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Other North American Amps

Postby Tony PD » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:31 am

So now that Carvin Audio is closing, now what? Are there any guitar/bass amps made (or at least assembled) in the U.S. or North America? Well, I did some checking and found a few. This list is by no means exhaustive. If anyone knows of any others, please comment.

Granger Amps (made in USA): http://grangeramp.com/
Ugly Amps (made in USA): http://www.uglyamps.com/
Fender Vintage Reissue Amps (assembled in USA): https://www.fender.com/products/guitar- ... ge-reissue
(I think other Fender amps are made in Mexico.)

Mack Amps (made in Canada): http://www.mackamps.com/
Stephenson Amps (made in Canada): http://stephensonamps.com/
Traynor Amps (made in Canada): http://www.traynoramps.com/

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Postby Doctor Turn » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:40 am

Steve Carr down south, who's a genius building small tube amps. I'm deep into my final savings for a Mercury V. All handmade in the USA.
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Re: Other North American Amps

Postby Doctor Doug » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:20 am

Revv is making some pretty awesome stuff up here in Canada: http://revvamplification.com/
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Re: Other North American Amps

Postby Cynical » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:30 am

Bogner, Splawn, Soldano, and Mesa are all made in America and all are excellent.

I'm guessing you're familiar with Mesa and Soldano. Splawn has two "major" amps (the Quick Rod and the Nitro), with various 50-watt or one-channel variations on them. The QR is like the JCM800 of your dreams, a great high-ish gain "aggressive british bite" box; the Nitro is more saturated and darker, with strong low-mids. Bogner makes a lot of different stuff; dude definitely marches to his own beat, and his amps are a bit different than what you're used to but create tones to die for.

EDIT: Also, some (but not all) PRS amps are made in the U.S., and so is Friedman. I've got no direct experience with either of those, though.

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Postby dejabluguitar » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:17 pm

I think Victoria is out of Chicago. Played on one at jam night. Super smooth.
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Re: Other North American Amps

Postby DannyB819 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:58 pm

Not mentioned yet: Two-Rock, Milkman, Suhr. I've heard all three in person, but haven't played a Milkman with my own hands, but all three are glorious in every model I've heard and played.

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Re: Other North American Amps

Postby ElfDude » Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:52 pm

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Re: Other North American Amps

Postby 2Plus2isChicken » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:00 am

ElfDude wrote:I'm becoming a Quilter guy... made in California.


Same here! I hate to admit that besides my VT16 I hardly use my Carvin amps anymore. It's mostly my Quilter 101 Mini and some pedals, and I'm happy with the sound I get.
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Re: Other North American Amps

Postby DannyB819 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:48 am

I was never quite satisfied with the gain channel on my X100B combo, but the clean channel is really nice. I've turned that amp into a pedal platform and use it with the bright switch off and no reverb. Works great for the harder metal/hard rock stuff I play as it takes overdrive and distortion pedals really well in the clean channel. It's always been a little weird with flange and vibe (both in front and in the loop).

I've put together different rigs for different purposes, but for my covers/jack of all trades rig I'm using the Mesa Triple Crown, which has more or less made the Carvin obsolete.

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Re: Other North American Amps

Postby ElfDude » Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:29 pm

2Plus2isChicken wrote:
ElfDude wrote:I'm becoming a Quilter guy... made in California.


Same here! I hate to admit that besides my VT16 I hardly use my Carvin amps anymore. It's mostly my Quilter 101 Mini and some pedals, and I'm happy with the sound I get.


I've been gigging with an Aviator Twin Ten combo for a while now. It doesn't sound quite as nice as my Nomad, but I can actually control the volume on it. :) And it's nice to not be concerned with a tube going out in the middle of a gig.
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Re: Other North American Amps

Postby mangdrew » Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:14 am

Friedman in LA.

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Postby ElfDude » Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:28 pm

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Re: Other North American Amps

Postby harsh59 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:44 pm

Landry's in St Louis , Henning in Cali .

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Re: Other North American Amps

Postby Tony PD » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:52 am

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Gallien-Krueger (assembled in USA): http://www.gallien-krueger.com/

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Re: Other North American Amps

Postby Doctor Turn » Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:12 pm

Superb bass amps.
Carvin Weaponry:
1985 DC150K (koa) Stereo, M22N/M22SD w/black hardware.
1985 100 Watt X Amp 2 x 12 combo (XV212) upgraded w/ 2 Vintage 30's
...and other gear.

https://soundcloud.com/the_heavy_clouds

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Re: Other North American Amps

Postby Cynical » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:12 am

Another one that I've learned about recently is Peters. I haven't heard one in person, but it seems like everyone who ever does falls in love with them. They're mostly Marshall-ish sounds, with the most popular ones being a bit higher gain.

There's also Diamond amps, although I've combed several demos of them and have literally never heard one that was remotely appealing. Every demo of them I've heard sounds like it's trying so hard to prove that it's "aggressive" that it turns into nothing but bottom and buzzy scratching on top. Hand made in the U.S., though.

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Re: Other North American Amps

Postby HarlowTheFish » Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:22 pm

Cynical wrote:Another one that I've learned about recently is Peters. I haven't heard one in person, but it seems like everyone who ever does falls in love with them. They're mostly Marshall-ish sounds, with the most popular ones being a bit higher gain.

There's also Diamond amps, although I've combed several demos of them and have figuratively never heard one that was remotely appealing. Every demo of them I've heard sounds like it's trying so hard to prove that it's "aggressive" that it turns into nothing but bottom and buzzy scratching on top. Hand made in the U.S., though.

Ooh I've played one of the big Diamonds. They sound good, kinda Marshally/5150 vibes, it's just the demos all sound like wet farts. They're not super unique sounding or anything, but they're built well, decently versatile. The only issue imo is it's easy to make them sound bad, but it's not like a mesa where you need to balance all the knobs perfectly to make it sound good.

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Re: Other North American Amps

Postby Cynical » Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:56 pm

Uh... why did you change it to "figuratively"? I meant it completely literally; I've heard a lot of Diamond amp demos, and they all sounded really unappearling.

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Re: Other North American Amps

Postby HarlowTheFish » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:45 pm

Cynical wrote:Uh... why did you change it to "figuratively"? I meant it completely figuratively; I've heard a lot of Diamond amp demos, and they all sounded really unappearling.

oh ****
No I have this stupid extension that changes literally to figuratively and I think it changed the quote in the post editor thingy

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Re: Other North American Amps

Postby HarlowTheFish » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:46 pm

whoops double post :(


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