Can you believe 2013 is here already? We’ve got just a quick note to let you know what’s happening around Soldano Custom Amplification.
We’ve just posted a new Hot Rod 25 demo up on YouTube. Michael talks about the design and heritage of the amplifier and provides and extensive overview of the features. Check it out on YouTube, and subscribe to the channel for more updates in the future.
Last year we celebrated our 25th Anniversary here at Soldano and to commemorate that, we created the Soldano Hot Rod 25. This amazing sounding little amplifier draws its preamp circuitry from our legendary Soldano 100w Super Lead Overdrive. It has a unique power section which utilizes two 5881 power tubes and a filter choke in the power supply – two features usually found only in higher powered amps – that enable this compact 25 watt head to deliver much tighter bass and punchier low end than most other amps in its class. And in case you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at our the new Hot Rod 25 here.
It’s Silver Anniversary time! Yep, that’s right – on April 1st, 2012 Soldano Custom Amplification turned 25, celebrating a quarter century of building the world’s finest guitar amplifiers. To commemorate this occasion, we are pleased to introduce the Soldano Hot Rod 25. Just like the Hot Rod 50 Plus and Hot Rod 100 Plus, the preamp circuitry of the Hot Rod 25 is based on the legendary Soldano 100w Super Lead Overdrive. It has a unique power section which utilizes two 5881 power tubes and a filter choke in the power supply – two features usually found only in higher powered amps – that enable this compact little 25 watt head to deliver much tighter bass and punchier low end than most other amps in its class.
The Hot Rod 25 also features a tube-buffered, post master volume effects loop and effortless channel switching via foot switch between the Normal and Overdrive Channels. There are independent Preamp gain and Master Volume controls for each channel. Bass, Middle, Treble, and Presence controls provide the tone shaping. A rotary Impedance selector switch allows for the use of 4, 8, or 16 ohm speaker cabinets.
As president and founder of Soldano Custom amplification, I’d like to thank you for your interest in Soldano products. As you are most likely aware, Soldano amps are known as the best sounding, best built, and most versatile all-tube amplifiers that money can buy. Innovative design, clean, timeless styling, and my relentless and uncompromising quest for the ultimate tone have earned our amplifiers this reputation. Many of the world’s renowned guitar players have come to rely on Soldano products for their amazing tone. In 1987, the Soldano 100w Super Lead Overdrive redefined and set a new mark for high gain tube amplification. As can be witnessed by how often this design is copied and the number of digital models attempting to emulate the “Soldano Sound”, our mark of excellence still defines the quintessential hot guitar sound for the new millennium.
The 21st century has always held great promise. In the 1950’s, everyone looked to the new millennium and assumed we’d be zipping around in our own personalized rocket ships and spending vacation time on the Moon and Mars or in underwater “bubble cities”. When I was six years old, my hometown of Seattle hosted the 1962 World’s Fair, and I remember being there and taking in all of these futuristic technological dreams in wide eyed wonder. Although, unfortunately, many of these things have not yet come to pass, there is no denying that technology has advanced exponentially in the last fifty or sixty years. And though we have made great leaps forward in technology, there is something to be said for the past. Things were made to last and there was a certain pride in craftsmanship. That pride in craftsmanship is still alive and well here at Soldano Custom Amplification. In a time when more and more manufacturers are sadly succumbing to the lure of quick profits promised by the “new economy” and “planned obsolescence”, I flatly refuse to go there. As I see it, the model for this “new economy” is all about image and hype, and all too often product quality is compromised so that more money and effort can be pumped into the marketing machine, as well as fattening executives’ bonus packages.
At Soldano Custom Amplification, we choose to put our money into obtaining the best parts available and then spending the necessary time to carefully assemble these parts by hand to create the highest quality and most reliable guitar amplifiers possible. Our attention to detail borders on the obsessive. We don’t have an assembly line, nor do we subcontract subassemblies out to “developing nations”. Every amp is crafted here in our shop in Seattle, and each is wired, start to finish, by one technician. We stand by our products through the years and take big pride in all the great musicians who have chosen to play through our amps in this millennium and the last.
As you browse through this brand-new Web site, you will find pictures and descriptions of the products we currently offer. There are also some tech articles and FAQs that you may find interesting.