If you spend any time on the Gear Page forums, you know about the legend of Alexander (“Howard”) Dumble. If you don’t, Dumble has created a series of almost mythical amps used by tone hounds, such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Sonny Landreth, and John Mayer. He’s notoriously reclusive and builds amps only for people he deems worthy. Used Dumble amps go for around $50,000.
Author Jesse Schwarz has written a book about Dumble amps, called a Dumble Book. The book features a Dumble history, photos of Dumble amps, and interviews with Dumble and others. The cost of the book is around $300.
How To Guitar Tune says
Holy crap. I thought the USED amps went for a lot of money until you mentioned the worth of the book. haha
But I guess he has the track record to back it up however.
Great. Now people can have two rugs pulled out from under them when they hear about Dumble amps. Wow, that amp sounds great! I wonder how much it costs? WHAM! Hmm…maybe I’ll just read about them. WHAM!
The average guy can’t get a break with the premium amps. Oh well
What a crock of shit. It’s a joke that any amp sells for astronomical prices….I don’t care what famous player has used them, $30,000+ for an amp is stupid. Furthermore, the price of the book is silly as well.
Well there must be something about these amps that make top guitar player play them, amp and pedal companies to try and copy them.its only a crock for the poor soles that cant play good enough or afford one.
john parish says
I just checked out the dumblebook.com site. Pretty nice reviews,
but the book is still pretty expensive. Maybe it’s because of the low US dollar…anyway they’re offering free shipping this month.
El O'hay says
Pehaps someone Ceriatone or Bugera will make an affordable clone of the Dumblebook and include it with their amplifiers.