Friends, clients & cool shit...

 
 
Frankie Ballard with THE Rev. Billy F. Gibbons & his new amp...the coolest cats in ANY room!

Frankie Ballard with THE Rev. Billy F. Gibbons & his new amp...the coolest cats in ANY room!

The incomparable Frankie Ballard's pair of touring amps...the only two "EL RIO" models, built for frank & named after his fabulous album of the same name. I really love this cat & his band...they're the shit. go see them!

The incomparable Frankie Ballard's pair of touring amps...the only two "EL RIO" models, built for frank & named after his fabulous album of the same name. I really love this cat & his band...they're the shit. go see them!

My old pal TOM BUKOVAC at soundcheck with the great JOE WALSH. great gig! tom has gotten so good, he doesn't even have to fret notes anymore...he just thinks about 'em.

My old pal TOM BUKOVAC at soundcheck with the great JOE WALSH. great gig! tom has gotten so good, he doesn't even have to fret notes anymore...he just thinks about 'em.

Our pals Josh Cross and Eugene rice recently met up in LA for a Kimmel taping with Justin Moore. Josh was flying in, Eugene was gracious enough to hook him up...thanks Cats!

Our pals Josh Cross and Eugene rice recently met up in LA for a Kimmel taping with Justin Moore. Josh was flying in, Eugene was gracious enough to hook him up...thanks Cats!

the RRB rolled out another great record and hit the promo circuit, appearing on "the Tonight show", "late night with david letterman", and a bunch of other stuff. Geoff was gracious enough to use (and prominently display) his new del rio on several of these shows.

the RRB rolled out another great record and hit the promo circuit, appearing on "the Tonight show", "late night with david letterman", and a bunch of other stuff. Geoff was gracious enough to use (and prominently display) his new del rio on several of these shows.

Meanwhile, somewhere in the back of a bus, willie nelson was tuned in to watch his homies doing their big tv thing. after the broadcast, he called Randy & co. to offer congrats, and find out where he could get one of those amps. a couple days later, I got a call.

Meanwhile, somewhere in the back of a bus, willie nelson was tuned in to watch his homies doing their big tv thing. after the broadcast, he called Randy & co. to offer congrats, and find out where he could get one of those amps. a couple days later, I got a call.

Willie with Steven Tyler at farm aid 25 in Milwaukee, 2010

Willie with Steven Tyler at farm aid 25 in Milwaukee, 2010

Willie, Ray Benson, & Mickey at Willie's annual 4th of july picinic in Austin. 

Willie, Ray Benson, & Mickey at Willie's annual 4th of july picinic in Austin. 

Willie and Lukas in Dayton, oh.

Willie and Lukas in Dayton, oh.

This cute couple were used to great effect by our pal Tyler "TACO" Chiarelli. he's a regular out at the shop...great player & friend. He's also bought so many of my amps, i'm starting to loose track!

This cute couple were used to great effect by our pal Tyler "TACO" Chiarelli. he's a regular out at the shop...great player & friend. He's also bought so many of my amps, i'm starting to loose track!

Here's a shot of my amigo radney foster (with his sweet '65 LPB tele) after taking possession of del rio numero uno in 2009. the story goes, rad wanted to play more electric guitar live, and needed something louder than his trusty Princeton (full disclosure, I was his guitarist at the time...he REALLY needed something louder!). after many fruitless shopping excursions, I said "f*** it, I'll build you something". this amp had a crazy custom circuit with 5881's and a 5879 pentode preamp (which I may have changed to an ef86 at some point...hard to find good 5879's). it's been all over every record & texas dance hall he's done since. god bless you, buddy!   

Here's a shot of my amigo radney foster (with his sweet '65 LPB tele) after taking possession of del rio numero uno in 2009.

the story goes, rad wanted to play more electric guitar live, and needed something louder than his trusty Princeton (full disclosure, I was his guitarist at the time...he REALLY needed something louder!). after many fruitless shopping excursions, I said "f*** it, I'll build you something". this amp had a crazy custom circuit with 5881's and a 5879 pentode preamp (which I may have changed to an ef86 at some point...hard to find good 5879's). it's been all over every record & texas dance hall he's done since. god bless you, buddy!   

Eugene Rice from The Brothers Collective with what was originally his custom "one-off" combo with reverb & custom cab in "Eugene Green." it really turned out great, others including Tom Bukovac and Jedd Hughes have since bought "replicas" of this one. https://www.facebook.com/thebrotherscollective/ https://www.facebook.com/thebrotherscollective/  

Eugene Rice from The Brothers Collective with what was originally his custom "one-off" combo with reverb & custom cab in "Eugene Green." it really turned out great, others including Tom Bukovac and Jedd Hughes have since bought "replicas" of this one.

https://www.facebook.com/thebrotherscollective/

https://www.facebook.com/thebrotherscollective/

 

this was fun...the "Ebo Booth" at Cedar Creek Recorders in Austin (another favorite of mine!), tracking a new record with Johnny Chops & the Razors, spring '17. we cut the whole thing live in three days, old-school rock&roll style. the Del Rio got a ton of action...way more than I expected. that verb...

this was fun...the "Ebo Booth" at Cedar Creek Recorders in Austin (another favorite of mine!), tracking a new record with Johnny Chops & the Razors, spring '17. we cut the whole thing live in three days, old-school rock&roll style. the Del Rio got a ton of action...way more than I expected. that verb...

Radney's "Revival" record release show at the exit/in, possibly his first show with that amp. it appears to be hangin' just fine with the hippie's old AC30...no small feat!

Radney's "Revival" record release show at the exit/in, possibly his first show with that amp. it appears to be hangin' just fine with the hippie's old AC30...no small feat!

the "ebo Booth" at dockside studio in Maurice, LA (coolest studio on earth), tracking the RRB's self-titled third album (possibly my favorite!). radney and I made some really great records (and had some really great times!) with the randy rogers band over the years. RRB guitarist extrordinaire Geoffrey hill and I had a blast getting totally guitar-stupid every time we hit the studio together (see photo...!), bringing in as much cool old stuff as we could possibly use. after one such adventure, geoff got a hankerin' for a del rio of his own. I was happy to build him one, which he put to good use immediately... 

the "ebo Booth" at dockside studio in Maurice, LA (coolest studio on earth), tracking the RRB's self-titled third album (possibly my favorite!).

radney and I made some really great records (and had some really great times!) with the randy rogers band over the years. RRB guitarist extrordinaire Geoffrey hill and I had a blast getting totally guitar-stupid every time we hit the studio together (see photo...!), bringing in as much cool old stuff as we could possibly use. after one such adventure, geoff got a hankerin' for a del rio of his own. I was happy to build him one, which he put to good use immediately... 

this was a picture I sent to late, great echoplex designer mike battle after one of our many long, geeky phone conversations. I had mentioned the amp I was just finishing up for rad, and he wanted to see some pics...he dug it! mike was a great old-school electronics guy who was always happy to share his knowledge and experience with me...I learned a lot, and heard some great stories from "back in the day." around this time, I was also working on an amp design with the one and only LES PAUL...wtf?!? I built (and still have) a prototype which we sent back and forth, making circuit tweaks and throwing ideas around. unfortunately, les passed away before the project could be completed. in hindsight, totally surreal. RIP   

this was a picture I sent to late, great echoplex designer mike battle after one of our many long, geeky phone conversations. I had mentioned the amp I was just finishing up for rad, and he wanted to see some pics...he dug it! mike was a great old-school electronics guy who was always happy to share his knowledge and experience with me...I learned a lot, and heard some great stories from "back in the day."

around this time, I was also working on an amp design with the one and only LES PAUL...wtf?!? I built (and still have) a prototype which we sent back and forth, making circuit tweaks and throwing ideas around. unfortunately, les passed away before the project could be completed. in hindsight, totally surreal. RIP