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
Trillium Amplifier Signature Series
Boasting some of the most spectacular woodworking of the show, Trillium builds their Signature Series head and speaker enclosures from select domestic and exotic hardwoods. The Signature head produces 7 watts of single-ended class A power and uses Trillium's proprietary Transflux Power Module, which provides onboard power conditioning.
The cathode-biased amplifier comes standard with an ECC83 preamp tube and a 6V6 power tube, though you can substitute 12AT7, 5751, 12AX7 preamp tubes and 6L6 power tube. "With a signal-to-noise ratio of -60 dB, our Nace M1-7 circuitry virtually eliminates the hum and buzz we all associate with tube amps," says Trillium's Steve Campbell.