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the handwired Electric Amps.. any experience or thoughts?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by eyeballkid, May 7, 2010.


  1. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    So Ive been REALLY intriqued by Electric Amps for quite a while, but its been hard to find any first hand reviews... anybody EVER played one? Anyone want one too?... whats your thoughts and experiences guys?


    http://www.electricamp.com/catalog.html
    heres the link to their stuff if youre not familiar.

    :bassist:
     
  2. TaySte_2000

    TaySte_2000

    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    All based on/made from stolen Matamp designs.

    Which would mean good sounding, if made well but unscrupulous company.
     
  3. +1
     
  4. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    yeah, but i wonder how they would do for bass... I know it sounds great for Al Cisneros.. but....

    plus.
    ive read a few things that make it sound like they swiped designs, and stuff that makes it sound like designs were swiped from them... kinda he said, she said...
     
  5. TaySte_2000

    TaySte_2000

    Jun 23, 2001
    Manchester, UK
    Endorsing Artist: Mojohand, Subdecay, Overwater, Matamp
    My answer to that would be which company was founded in the 50's, which company made the original Orange heads and which company did Al Cisnero and the rest of Sleep spend their 25k advance from their first record contract with. I could go on but I won't.

    Like I say if they sound like the Matamps they are clones of then they will sound great, unless made poorly in which case they may explode ;)
     
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  6. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    point taken on the first part... I actually thought they bought Electric amps.. as thats what Al uses now... ( i may be wrong on that bit of history as it never was something i looked fully into...)

    but has anyone played one with Bass?
     
  7. KramerBassFan

    KramerBassFan

    Jan 3, 2009
    Aren't these Licensed by Matamp? :eyebrow:
     
  8. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    thats what i originally thought.. but I came across something that said they split as entities at some point...
     
  9. bovine mind

    bovine mind

    Jun 17, 2008
    San Francisco
    Good luck ever seeing one after you pay. The build time/wait/list is LONG.
     
  10. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    really?! like what?
     
  11. D.M.N.

    D.M.N. (O)))) Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    This is what I've heard:

    Back in the 90's, Electric Amp was the American dealer/distributor/repairer for Matamp. They put in orders, Matamp made the amps, and sent them over seas. However, during the 90's Matamp started their process of making smaller and lower powered amps in place of the big old monsters they were famous for. However, people stateside were still demanding these old, loud designs, and though Electric was putting in orders, Matamp was no longer supplying them. Electric started manufacturing the old designs themselves, and eventually there was a split between the two. Matamp made small amps, Electric making big and loud amps.

    That's the story as I know and have heard it. I could be way off, but I'm pretty sure that's what the deal is.

    Regarding the amps themselves: From what I've seen and heard, they're really spectacular. Won't give you a bunch of clean headroom, but if you're looking at them, that's probably not your thing anyways. I mean, they can do clean, but it's not their thing. They do massive distortion well. Think Sleep. They're really well made too, beautiful internals.
     
  12. Korladis

    Korladis Banned Supporting Member

    Interesting that Matamp would start concentrating on small amps when there was demand for the big heavy ones.
     
  13. bovine mind

    bovine mind

    Jun 17, 2008
    San Francisco
    I've heard he stopped making the amps all together, and that some folks waited months to get theirs, almost a year even.
     
  14. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    Low powered valve amps seem pretty fashionable amongst guitarists. I don't think we have such a big 'huge powered rig' thing going on here. No space for those sort of shenanigans. Granted I have two kilowatt rigs and 900w of valve amps, but kinda fills up my house, and probably isn't typical.
     
  15. Korladis

    Korladis Banned Supporting Member

    Probably. My amp is the same power as one of the Electrics though. 180 watts.
     
  16. KramerBassFan

    KramerBassFan

    Jan 3, 2009
    Well look at it this way - you can make more money selling a bunch of small valve guitar amps than you can by selling just a few huge valve monsters.
     
  17. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    So I recently picked up one of these... sort of..
    I got the Orange AD200B that Electric Amps Rebuilt as a turret board point to point amp.
    Its the one that was featured on planetoftheamps.com.

    Ive been playing it a good bit next to a stock Orange AD200B.
    I think Ill do a review/comparison soon on here.
     
  18. KramerBassFan

    KramerBassFan

    Jan 3, 2009
    Cool!

    And on the talk of Electric stealing Oranges designs... how many tube amp companys REALLY do anything that RCA and countless others haven't done before them in the 1950's?

    ;)
     
  19. will33

    will33

    May 22, 2006
    austin,tx
    So, anybody know what they sound like with a bass?????????:D
     
  20. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    I do.. .. at least the rebuilt Orange one...
    it is... how do you say?... SUHWEET!
     

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