benson amps

A new pair of grab-and-go combos with built-in reverb.

Portland, OR (January 4, 2017) -- In response to the gigging musicians’ desire for Benson designs in grab-and-go format with built-in reverb, Benson is releasing two new combos: the 15-watt Monarch Reverb 1x12, and the 30-watt Chimera Reverb 2x12 combo. Both designs implement tube-driven spring reverb based on the Tall Bird standalone unit, but in such a way that doesn’t compromise the existing circuit design of either which was a concern for designer Chris Benson.

“Designers often sacrifice both sound and simplicity in order to implement reverb. We wanted to do it in a transparent way that doesn’t affect what we liked about the pre-reverb design.”

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A minimalist 1x12 combo with point-to-point wiring, explosive presence, and phenomenal dynamic response.

They say the best things in life are simple. And according to some, that’s especially true of guitar amps. In fact …

Oh, screw it—the snappy intro can wait. Because no matter how many snappy adjectives I pile on, they won’t snap like this explosive little 1x12 combo. It sparkles like pixie dust. It thumps like a sock full of sand to the solar plexus. Builder Chris Benson’s Monarch is one of the most tactile, responsive, and just plain exciting combos I’ve ever had the pleasure of punishing.

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