SeQuel Amplifiers: a brief re-INTRO

SeQuel Amplifiers: a brief re-INTRO

Posted by Michael Biller on 7th Jun 2018

WHO WE ARE at SeQuel Amplifiers

The improvisational music we call Jazz is unique and different. For guitar, it even sounds different. Enter SeQuel Amplifiers. Tube aka valve amp designs tuned for archtop guitars. Hand crafted with reference grade components carefully selected with the only tool that truly matters: by ear.

Evolution of the guitar in Jazz music closely parallels technological developments related to amplification. Charlie Christian could not have turned the world on its ears without a pickup and amp because those electronic tools provided him a voice loud enough for his guitar to get heard in the band as a soloist.

At the same time, the guitar was itself evolving. size, materials, pickups, construction methods. And in step, amplifiers followed that evolution.

The years spanning the late 1940s through the early 1960s witnessed a explosive growth in this respect while the music itself transitioned from Swing to Bop to Modal to Avant-Guarde to Fusion...elements which are still very much with us today.

We wanted to explore that world in more detail. And because of the instrinsic relationship between the archtop guitar and electronics, that path led us to circuits based primarily around tubes aka valves.

And indeed we found a certain undescribable but clearly recognizable sonic magic there.

But then too, early on in the process we acknowledged that many of the components in the original schematics were antiquated or unavailable. Time had passed. It had been nearly 80 years in some cases.

So we took a different road. We marveled at the clever minds of those pioneering electronic engineers and the guitarists who made music history with them. But we also embraced the advances in technology of today. 

And because we didn't have to answer to Corporate bean counters we carefully auditioned important components to create amplification instruments that were equal partners to the best archtop guitars.

That's what SeQuel Amplifiers are. And what you will have if you bring one of our amps into your world too.

For more information and to discuss your special musical needs in detail please contact SOUNDISLANDMUSIC.COM, our global partners for sales and support.