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Solid Cables Founder Launches Hovercraft Amps Via Kickstarter

Hovercraft amplifiers launches a Kickstarter project to get 55 amps pledge-funded by June 4, 2012.

Portland, OR (April 11, 2012) -- Solid Cables founder Nial McGaughey is soliciting funds via Kickstarter for a run of guitar amps inspired by rare tube amps from the late '60s to early 1970s.

“I have a huge soft spot for what’s now termed stoner rock," McGaughy said. "The amps those guys used 40 years ago are now too valuable and rare to take on the road.”

McGaughey says his new Hovercraft amps owe their sonic inspiration to vintage Matamp, Orange, Laney, and local Portland heroes Sunn Amplifiers. "I got feedback from enough people that they loved the similar sound of our recycled amps and that was good enough for me to do this,” he said.

Originally, Hovercraft amplifiers were uniquely remade from used tube amplifiers and components, but demand quickly outstripped supply. “All of our amps sold within 24 hours of being announced, we literally could not make them fast enough” said McGaughey. Hovercraft amplifiers then launched a Kickstarter project to get 55 amps pledge funded by June 4, 2012. Once all 55 amps are funded, hovercraft will then be able to make these historic amp voices sing again.

Each of these new amplifiers (model name "Caribou") will be priced at $750 and uniquely tailored and voiced to the owner. No two will be alike.

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