Directory of boutique tube bass amp builders....

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by NickyBass, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. NickyBass

    NickyBass Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Southern New Jersey
    I don't know if this has been done before, but I thought that it would be nice to have a list of the guys that are building all tube bass amps. I guess the first question would be 'what constitutes boutique?' For the purpase of this list, I'm looking for the little known builders. Obvioulsy, there is Orange and Mesa etc. but everyone knows them.

    To get us started:


    Electrosonic will build anything:



    Hiwatt UK:

    Kendrick--I know Gerald is working on a bass amp:



    Divided by 13:
    Who else.........????
  2. i wouldn't say hiwatt where very boutique or electric aswell, electric seem like a bunch of asses aswell
  3. NickyBass

    NickyBass Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Southern New Jersey
    I've never dealt with either company. I'm just happy to see bass specific offerings from both.
  4. FFTT


    Mar 15, 2009
    The Reeves Custom 225 is one of very few 100% hand wired all tube offerings.

    No critical proprietary PC boards was a big selling point for me.

    Far better build quality than any new offering from Hiwatt.
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  6. NickyBass

    NickyBass Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Southern New Jersey
    Anyone have more to add?
  7. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    none to add currently, but in my 10 year plan I hope to be building a few heads a year :)

    (yet I haven't even started my first build... just something I've been wanting to do forever now)
  8. jamesie


    Jan 11, 2009
    reussenzehn (both germany)
  9. NickyBass

    NickyBass Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Southern New Jersey
    I'm excited to hear how yours comes out. Sounds like it's going to be killer.
  10. jimiwhite


    Jul 8, 2003
  11. neilsandoz

    neilsandoz Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    I would say check out Green Amps.

    I heard a bass player with one and it was some thick ol' tone.
  12. burk48237


    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    65 Amps is doing some nice stuff too. I've seen him at the last two NAMM shows. Bass Gear (I believe) has reviewed a couple of his products.
  13. Rumblefisher

    Rumblefisher Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    Matchless maybe?

    Also, Ark Amps.
  14. KramerBassFan


    Jan 3, 2009
  15. Green is just Electric amps right?
  16. dmwynn


    Mar 23, 2010
    Lexington, KY

    They're getting ready to release the "Beast". Pre, Power, and gigantic cab. I would definitely consider them boutique.

    Would also consider Glock boutique. As for Matchless, they had a couple several years ago but no offerings currently. The Thunderchief, I think? They might have had something else but I can't remember off the top of my head. Maybe since Bad Cat is coming out with a pretty promising one they might also. FYI, Mark Sampson, I believe, owned both Matchless and then Bad Cat, then went on to form Star Amplifiers.
  17. Verellen seems very accommodating for custom builds. When I've saved up enough money, I'll probably order something from them.
  18. Volume4


    Sep 15, 2009
    Long Island
  19. mizzou541


    Jan 8, 2010
    KC, MO
  20. bassix


    May 1, 2000
    Denver, Colorado