PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2009 New York Show where he stops by the Synaptic Amps booth. In this video, we meet Synaptic Amps founder Steve O'Connor and he talks to us all about what the NY Amp Show experience is about for him. In addition, he walks us through his Pure-Drive SE model. This Pure-Drive SE is a 15 watt, class-A hand-wired head that features point-to-point construction within cabinetry featuring dovetailed Brazilian cherry/birdseye maple. It comes with a Mercury Magnetics transformer, 2-12AX7 preamp tubes, EL34 (Mullard) power tube and three control knobs (Middle, Treble and Bass).



PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2009 New York Show where he stops by the Synaptic Amps booth. In this video, we meet Synaptic Amps founder Steve O'Connor and he talks to us all about what the NY Amp Show experience is about for him. In addition, he walks us through his Pure-Drive SE model. This Pure-Drive SE is a 15 watt, class-A hand-wired head that features point-to-point construction within cabinetry featuring dovetailed Brazilian cherry/birdseye maple. It comes with a Mercury Magnetics transformer, 2-12AX7 preamp tubes, EL34 (Mullard) power tube and three control knobs (Middle, Treble and Bass).

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I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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