Tuesday, June 10, 2008

TONE FREQ REVIEW – Industrial Amps’ Overdrive 15

When you think about the term “industrial strength” products like pain killers, bathroom cleaners and hair-dryers (for you hair metal fans) typically come to mind. Now the term can apply to guitar amplifiers. The words “industrial strength” is defined as hardware that is designed for fault tolerant operation. Amps become industrial strength after being thoroughly tested in live user environments for extensive periods using only the highest grade of components. The upstart company Industrial Amps make point-to-point wired amps built one-by-one in limited quantities with military spec, explosion proof, and hospital grade components. This ensures a long reliable lifetime of use and superior tonal quality.

I discovered Industrial Amps at a guitar show several months ago and was blown away with the unique looks and heavy duty looking construction. Last month I was able to borrow the Overdrive 15 for a show and when I finally plugged in and started chugging on the obligatory rhythm chords I was wowed by the tone and clarity of the chords I played. The amp was unlike anything I have ever heard. At low to medium volumes you have a nice warm sound, when dimed out the overdrive was rich and harmonic.

The construction was industrial strength. The tolex was nice and thick, the cabinet was solid and the power cord was a detachable extension type of cord – very cool. The ohm selector and speaker jacks were easy enough to access and read and that clear glass front panel looks very nice! I can see an LED mod coming!
Albeit a bit pricey I don’t have any issues with this amp. For the size of head it was pretty heavy due to all the tubes, heavy-duty transformers and glass front. This amp is perfect for recording or gigging out with your classic rock or blues band. If you are looking for an amp that will set you apart from the pack in terms of looks, sound and performance IA’s Overdrive 15 is worth a look.

Check out www.industrialamps.com for more info!

Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.

Aljon Go is considered to be a “pedal junkie” by his peers often asked for advice when building pedal boards. He toured the world with his award winning band Mink and was the artist relations/marketing pro for a musical accessory company. He currently spends his time bringing new and exciting tones to regional acts Jaux King, JonesWorld and Mister Happy. He is also host of the long running “Local Buzz” radio show in Nashville and product specialist for a leading guitar company. Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am an owner of an IA Overdrive 15 and echo your comments. Great amp with tone quality and construction equal to any of the boutique amps on the market, understanding of course that tone is a subjective thing. But if your thing is blues or rock this amp is definitely worth a look if you can find one. Unfortunately at this point at least they're not generally available so that might not be so easy.

July 31, 2008 at 3:44 PM  

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