L.A. Amp Show Marks 11 Years

The L.A. Amp Show this year marked its 11th anniversary, and show organizer Loni Specter played host to yet another slew of cutting-edge builders and talent October 3 and 4 at the Airtel Hotel, in Van Nuys.

The show kicked off with a performance by former Doors guitarist Robbie Kreiger, and exhibitors included Magnatone, Satellite, Fractal Audio, LsL, Quilter, Blackstar, Electro-Harmonix, Yamaha, and EarthQuaker Devices. On day two, VG contributor Oscar Jordan served as moderator for players’ panel that addressed the topic, “Gear Acquisition Syndrome Versus Creativity.” Panelists included Nili Brosh, Gregg Wright, Pete Thorn, Sin Quirin, and Rafael Moreira, who shared insights and experiences while urging musicians to remember that gear is a means to an end – the object is to compose and perform great music.

Throughout the weekend, notable guitarists and bassists hob-knobbed with builders and  consumers. Recognizable faces included Buzz Feiten, Josh Smith, Phil Chen, Thomas Nordegg, and Larry Mitchell.

Photos by Oscar Jordan.

JHS Pedals
JHS Pedals
Product Specialist Andy Winston jamming at Yamaha.
Product specialist Andy Winston, jamming at the Yamaha booth.
John Pennington of JHS Pedals.
John Pennington, JHS Pedals.
Jon Skibic Lead Demonstrator of Electro-Harmonix.
Jon Skibic demonstrated pedals in the Electro-Harmonix booth.
Boss
A few goodies from Boss.
EarthQuaker Devices.
EarthQuaker Devices brought its full line of pedals.
Brian Campanella of Antique Electronics/Jensen.
Brian Campanella, of Antique Electronics/Jensen.
Vox Amps.
Amps in the Vox room.
Lance Lerman - Presdent of LSL Instruments.
Lance Lerman, president of LSL Instruments.
Blackstar Amplifiers.
Two offerings from Blackstar Amplifiers.
Aaron Martino - Product Specialist for Boss.
Aaron Martino, product specialist for Boss.
Guitarist Jeremy Juarez jamming at EarthQuaker Devices.
Jeremy Juarez, jamming at EarthQuaker Devices.
L-R John Sanchez and Rick Skillman of Celestion Speakers.
John Sanchez (left) and Rick Skillman, of Celestion Speakers.
Product Specialist Any Winston jamming at Yamaha.
Product Specialist Any Winston jamming at Yamaha.
L-R Steve Conrad and Larry Mitchell at Fractal Audio Systems.
Steve Conrad (left) and Larry Mitchell at Fractal Audio Systems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Satellite Amps.
Satellite Amps
Satellite Amps.
Satellite Amps
L-R Jairo Skeen and Pat Quilter of Quilter Performance Amplification.
Jairo Skeen (left) and Pat Quilter, of Quilter Performance Amplification.
Andy Alt founder and CEO of A Little Thunder.
Andy Alt, founder and CEO of A Little Thunder.
Richard Goodsell of Goodsell Amplifiers.
Richard Goodsell, Goodsell Amplifiers.
Guitarist Dana Olsen jamming at Fryette Amplification.
Guitarist Dana Olsen jamming at Fryette Amplification.
Steve Fryette Founder of Fryette Amplification.
Steve Fryette, founder of Fryette Amplification.
Fryette Amplification.
Fryette Amplification
PRS
Pretty in purple…
PRS
… or tweed-tradtional at PRS.
L-R Doug Sewell Senior Amp Designer at PRS Amplifiers and Sales Manager John Croft.
Doug Sewell, Senior Amp Designer, PRS Amplifiers (left), with sales manager John Croft.
Amp show panelist Rafael Moreira unleashes the fury.
Rafael Moreira unleashes the fury.
Amp Show Producer Loni Specter.
Show producer Loni Specter.