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GALLERY: Nashville Amp Expo 2010

A sampling of the new, cool, and wacky amps at the second annual Nashville Amp Expo

East Amplification Club18
"Designed by Jeff Bober, the Club18 is the latest offering from East Amplification. Available in a 2x10 or 1x10 configuration, the Club18 is a single-channel, dual-mode amp with two EL84 outputйtubes and three 12AX7 preampйtubes. ""The two modes are Rhythm and Solo,"" explains Bober, ""and they're footswitchable. In Rhythm mode, you set preamp level, tone, and over_all volume using the amp's Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, and Master knobs. Switching to Solo mode adds two more knobsяGain and Gain Masterяto the equation. These let you dial in extra gain and level, which you can turn on and off with the footswitch."""

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.

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