From The Desk Of Peter Holsapple: Plush Amplifiers

It makes sense that since Peter Holsapple has long been the go-to guy for musicians such as R.E.M., Hootie & The Blowfish, John Hiatt, Indigo Girls, the Troggs, Juliana Hatfield and too many others to name here that when he needed assistance on his first solo album in 21 years that he would turn to, well, himself. Game Day (Omnivore) is a solo record in the truest sense of the word, as the dB’s co-founder pretty much did everything himself on the LP. Holsapple will being guest editing magnetmagazine.com—for the second time—all week. Grab some beer and some pizza: It’s game day.

Holsapple: The iconic Kustom amps of the 1960s and 1970s are not the only rigs with tuck-and-roll naugahyde covers. Plush Amplifiers combined the best technology of Fender’s pre-CBS amplifiers with Kustom’s bright and squishy look, and even now, they’re among the best sounding amps I’ve ever played through.

I own a midnight-blue Plush P1000S that I had 12-inch speakers installed to replace the factory 15-inch oness, making it more adaptable as a guitar amp. Ultimately, it’s a twin reverb; the gentleman who sold it to me was afraid I was going to cannibalize the Plush for its transformer and other parts. I assured him that I’d been waiting to own one since I was old enough to know the Jeff Beck Group used ‘em on their U.S. tour. With their Buick-like portholes, Plush amps are still reasonably priced for vintage amps, and their sound is strong and pure, just how I like it! And pretty, too!