Red Dog Music | Oct 9, 2018 | 0
Hamstead Amps – boutique British tone at Red Dog Music!
But if you’ve not played through a Hamstead Amp before, you’ve missed a whole guitar-playing sensory experience.
Hamstead Amps – now in stock!
Red Dog Music is proud to be stock these handmade, bespoke British tone machines. Peter Hamstead, who has a background in avionics and radar, is responsible for the design and engineering of the electronics – giving Hamstead Amps a bit of a clean slate when it comes to guitar amplifier design.
And with that fresh approach, you don’t get an amplifier that is necessarily a ‘clone’ of the stereotypical ‘British amp tone’. Hamstead Amps offer something that little bit different. These are their own amps with their own sound.
And that sound is great.
Playing through a Hamstead Amplifier
I’m not a particularly confident guitar player, and tend to get a little bit self-conscious when demoing amps, but with this one, I actually thought I sounded okay. I grabbed the Fender American Deluxe Thinline Tele and plugged in to the Hamstead Artist Series 20+RT combo and started to pick hesitantly.
Even just my basic riffs and licks rang out in a way I had never heard before, and I’ve played through some nice amps.
I love this amplifier.
Cleans are beautiful and, while this is definitely not a hi-gain shred machine, the bluesy breakup and crunch is sublime. Through in a very versatile tremolo, a reverb with its own dedicated tone-control and a voice switch to give you that bit more bite – perfect for solos – and you have simply a stunning piece of amplifier.
I hesitate to say much more about them to be honest, I’ll just recommend that you give one a shot yourself. You can try out Hamstead Amps in our Edinburgh and Clapham branches, as well as in London’s Denmark Street.
Just plug in, and enjoy.
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