So, things often don’t go as planned. That’s ok, though, because they still go, and for that, I’m glad. Last summer, with big ideas about new designs and a new approach to the website and social media, things were just rolling right along. I had hoped to gain some momentum that would carry through, but, alas, it was not to be.
In case you didn’t know it already, I don’t build the People’s Amplifier as a full-time occupation. Actually, I don’t do ANYTHING as a full-time occupation. I’m a middle-aged man. Some might call this irresponsible, and they’re probably right. I prefer to think that I’ve been creative with my approach to making a living, and by spreading my eggs amongst various baskets, I’m not reliant on any one of them. If one were to disappear, it hopefully wouldn’t be catastrophic. It also gives me some freedom to try out new ventures, and hopefully add to the mix of different revenue streams.
In any case, I’m a part-time college music professor, I run a private guitar lessons studio out of my house, and I play a bunch of different kinds of gigs. Sometimes I get pretty busy, and that’s what happened last September. I’m blaming this one on the professing.
Although I’ve dropped the blogging and social media balls, the amp-building has certainly been progressing. Slow and steady, as they say.
I’ve finished People’s Amp #304, which is a black head that has some durability upgrades. It sounds great, and it’s available for only $700.
I’ve also been working on getting some more video content up. There are a couple here and here. There’s more footage that needs to be edited, including some of me demonstrating the amp. Keep an eye out!
I also finished up and tested the first ever People’s Amp Combo. It’s a lovely little 38 lb. amp with a 1×12 speaker. I loaded it with an Eminence Private Jack, and it screams! Other speakers, are, of course available. The custom cabinet was made for me by the awesome folks at Sour Mash Guitar Cabinets, and I think it turned out great. Here are a couple of pictures:
I’m going to let this one go for $1100, and, of course, the lifetime warranty applies.
Coming soon: options including 6V6/6L6, reverb, and effects loop, and I’m going to experiment with another cabinet design, to attempt to keep the price as low as possible. When it’s ready, there will be a media blitz, new videos, and a live and live-streamed demo day where folks can drop by, take some test drives with the People’s Amps and their favorite axes and pedals, or just hang out with us online.
Now I just have to find some time to prototype the People’s Octal Combo…
Thanks for reading! If you have any ideas, complaints, encouragements, etc. to offer, please speak up!