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Alex Creese

Guitarist | Guitar Tutor | Occasional Blogger

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January 2017

My Next Amp (One Day)

A good friend of mine (a photographer and guitarist) was asked to take some promotional photos to go with a video shoot at Hamstead Soundworks.  I have been aware of this UK based amplifier company for about a year, but until today hadn’t even seen any of their amps in person.  Luckily, I was able to tag along for the shoot and the Hamstead guys were kind enough to let me have a generous play on their Artist 20+RT.

I have to say that is without question the best amp I’ve ever heard.  I had high expectations because their main endorsee is none other than Carl Verheyen (first-call session player and all round guitar legend) but even so, I was totally floored.  The fact is, they’ve got a really unique thing going on – for example the reverb has a tone control effectively allowing you to emulate a subtle plate reverb even though it’s a stanard spring tank in use.  There are other things, but that is something I’ve never seen on an amp before. Here’s a very short vid that in no way does any justice to this monster of an amp… I really need one of these in my life.

2017

After 6 weeks and 65 shows Sleeping Beauty closed at Richmond Theatre on Sunday just gone (8th).  I really enjoyed it, it was a beautiful theatre to work in with a great cast and fantastic band.  Kicking myself that I didn’t make the effort to get some better photos… but you know…


Anyway, I’m looking forward to 2017:  new opportunities and hopefully doing lots of playing, and uploading some new teaching videos.  Happy 2017!

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