On the weekend of August 21-22, amp builders, musicians, collectors, and tone fanatics from far and wide convened in Music City for the second annual Nashville Amp Expo. The organizers—Creation Audio Labs—reserved the entire Hyatt Place hotel in nearby Brentwood, Tennessee, for the event.
Hundreds of attendees roamed the hotel hallways, stopping at exhibitors' rooms to hear and test drive some of the world's finest boutique amps, and also ogle guitars, pedals, and related accessories. There were seminars too, including a guitar recording workshop led by Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Extreme, Metallica, Skid Row, Dokken, Mötley Crüe, Megadeth). Our photo gallery brings you a hint of the wild sounds and beautiful gear that made this year's Nashville Amp Expo such an exciting experience.
Nashville Amp Expo 2010
P3 Amplifiers Special Op
Powered by a pair of EL34s, the 40-watt, hand-wired P3 Special Op head is built on a modular aluminum chassis and housed in a military-grade aluminum enclosure. The 2-channel amp is available in white, black, red/orange, optic yellow, and wenge veneer finishes, as well as a variety of custom colors.
Each amp is built to order, which allows for customization. “We're not building replicas of vintage amps from the '50s and '60s,” says P3’s Price Harrison. “And because there are no printed circuit boards in P3 amps, the electronics are infinitely repairable. Our goal is to build amps that will never be recycled or consigned to a landfill."