Q&A

Here are answers to some common questions we have received:

Q: What sets you apart from the others?

A: There are (4) key areas that separate us from the others:

  • Exceeding the Customer Expectation – we realize that buying an amplifier is a personal decision, and is not easy to do remotely.  You will feel like you’re part of the build experience.  Rather than creating an automated system notifying you where your order is in the process, Kevin will communicate as your rig works its way toward life.  Our attention to detail and customer experience will be top notch every time.
  • We use the best component suppliers in the industry, and are proud to say every one of them is in the USA.  We don’t rely on boutique winders or NOS components.  Our supply chain is robust and sustainable.
  •  We have our own way of calibrating each amp to ensure that its the “hidden gem or baby” you’ve been looking for.  This method may require changes to component values such as plate resistors to ensure the tube sees what it was intended to see.  There is no way a Big Box company can afford to run business this way.
  • We keep our price point below any of the other boutique builders to offer you the best rigs possible while not breaking the bank.

Q: You spend a lot of time advertising one classic Van Halen tone.  Are these rigs One-Trick-Ponies?

A: Absolutely not.  We strive to achieve said tone for two reasons; 1) that particular plexi is still recognized in the music industry as one of the best ever built, and 2) we know it was dimed so its a useful method of verifying our builds.  Dial the knobs and/or change guitars and you can achieve any plexi tone ever played.

Q: Is there a way to manage volume to “bedroom levels”?  I live in an apartment and can’t annoy the neighbors.

A: Yes, there are a couple options.  1) You can invest in a good attenuator (most have their own impact on tone; usually in a bad way) which soaks up a portion of the signal going to the cabinet.  We have our home grown version that we call our “Magic Box”. Completely transparent at volumes even your wife will appreciate. We can provide upon request.  2) You can run a slave rig, which effectively turns the Plexi into a massive preamp by dumbing the output signal down to line level and that signal feeds a second power amp where volume can be controlled.  The power amp gives you infinite volume control with little loss in tone quality. This also makes for a great effects loop. Our Magic Box can be run this way as well. 3) Buy a TS-50! The low level tones are amazing!

Q: Have you considered building a combo?

A: Yes, we will likely build a TS-50 2×12 combo to meet the needs of folks who either gig in small clubs or just dont have the need for a massive 4×12 cab.