Archtop Jazz Guitar Amplifiers, Pickups & More
GLB Sound Amplification
In the universe of boutique amplifiers Italian designer Gianluca La Boria has engineered the quintessential tube amplification system that is especially built for the archtop jazz guitar.
Located in San Giorgio di Nogaro, Italy, GLB Sound is an artisan reality that builds tonewood guitar amplification. He uses tone woods like Sapele, Maple, Walnut and many others in the same way the finest guitars are built by luthiers. “Every wood we use has its own tone, its own personality and it was chosen to achieve a specific sound. Our mission is to create the best sound for the most demanding guitarists. In order to achieve perfection this sound demands refined heads and cabinets crafted by hand with precious woods and top quality materials. From now on, you guitar and your amplification will speak the same language. I designed the GIG50 series because we wanted to offer jazz players a tube and solid wood instrument because we strongly believe that they are the two key sound components that made jazz guitar music great. ”Gianluca La Boria
Keeping in mind the needs of contemporary jazz players, we make them available in two formats: GIG50 Combo, a light, powerful and smart combo amp for the gigging musician and the GIG50 Head + Cabinet for those who wish the ultimate archtop experience.
The GIG Head+ Cabinet is available in three models. The GIG50FS is a pure single-channel with volume and tone controls. The GIG50R is equipped with a spring reverb driven by two preamp tubes and the top-of-the-line GIG50SH with a built-in notch filter and a tilted-back speaker panel. The GIG50 Combo is available in two standard models, with a limited number of customizations of tonewood and color. It is truly the gigging musician’s dream come true.
In addition to the jazz amplifiers GLB also offers a complete line of speaker cabinets for every kind of music. There are three basic sizes and every piece is unique and hand-made according to your wishes. The options are endless.
So, treat yourself to a trip to the GLB website. It is truly unique and rewarding so prepare yourself for a new experience with videos and complete explanations for everything they do. They have a world wide dealer network, as well.
Comins Jazz Guitar Amplifiers
The Comins Jazz Guitar Amplifier was handmade by George Alessandro and voiced by renowned luthier, Bill Comins (link to profile). The amplifier is the standard for amps made specifically for jazz guitars: hand-built and higher-output tube.
“… this kind of responsiveness and dimensional sparkle is something that I’ve always associated with tube circuitry. We were shooting for a sound that was warm and complex, while being thick, round, punchy and alive.” – Bill Comins, luthier
The Comins Jazz Amp combo comes in two 1×12 models and a 2×10 model, with each arrangement having its own, unique character. The 1×12 model generates a robust tube/valve sound, complete with thick warm overtones and substantial clean headroom. There is a certain softness to the attack, giving the model almost a vintage playing aura, yet the amp is able to deliver those goods at near ear-splitting SPL levels.
Both models can eventually develop a slight compression and edge to the notes at high volumes, similar to many of the classic jazz guitar recordings made during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Comins amps because of this are an excellent choice for electric archtops with built-in humbucking pickups.
Acoustic Image Guitar Amplifiers
Although Acoustic Image (AI) is a relatively young company, its owners and operators have decades of experience in the professional music and sound industry. The staff is made up of engineers – and musicians – who expect excellent and reliable qualities of sound and performance from its audio equipment.
The founding of Acoustic Image was the result of the founders never being quite satisfied with the products available for the working musician. Now, there is a sound reinforcement product designed with the musician in mind, whether they play guitar or bass, violin, keyboard, a woodwind or even a brass instrument or if you’re a vocalist, the product you choose will deliver superior performance across the spectrum.
The designs of great products go beyond having the right knobs in the correct places. At AI, the custom design and build is by hand, resulting in unique, innovative, and functional audio products that deliver a characteristically musical sound with unmatched transparency and fidelity. There is nothing “me too” in the process. AI merges advanced acoustic design and switching amplifier technology with one-of-a-kind enclosure arrangements that create a highly accurate sound while being compact and ultra-lightweight.
Ultimately, the company pledges quality: well-constructed, reliable audio products that serve you well night after night, year after year — and to offer a warranty on those products, better than any other in the industry. AI able to meet these commitments because each and every amplifier is designed and manufactured in the U.S.A. Acoustic Image products are available from quality retailers on the web and on the street, around the world.
Kent Armstrong® Pickups
Kent Armstrong® is one of the finest and most well-known electric instrument pickup designers. After years and years of listening to what customer requested, Kent developed many different designs now manufactured and sold as the Kent Armstrong pickup line by WD Music Products®. During this time, WD Music Products® has continually received and fulfilled requests for Kent Armstrong’s USA made hand-wound designs. The company never really put them in the limelight, due to the limited quantity that Kent Armstrong® is able to physically produce.
Now Kent and WD Music Products® are offering a limited supply of some truly innovative and unique recipes he came up with in his laboratory. With his designs for WD, as well as his USA handmade pickups, Kent still only has one goal in mind: To give every player their dream sound. Here is your chance to have handwound Kent Armstrong pickups, which were made right here in the USA. These are now available in a very limited quantity, and a limited stock is being maintained, but there may be a short turn around time.