hovercraft amps are making the incredible sounding, but unaffordable vintage amps live again in newly built and rebuild amps.
after remaking, recycling and restoring a TON of amps for people that love them... we have decided to really go after making amps for people that love thick, heavy, organic guitar tone, as we cannot find, restore, and remake enough amps to keep up with current demand.
each one of our current production recycled amps ends up being sold within 24 hours of its release.
hovercraft is dedicated to making each amp unique to its owner. we make each one different so that no two amps end up the same. a bespoke stoner rock amp, if you will.
this is what one version of the amp run will look like:
this project is funding a run of KT88 powered stoner / retro heavy rock amps for people that love the sound of, but cannot afford, such amazing vintage amps as:
matamp GTO and GTL
orange OR120 and 'pix only'
marshall 'plexi' panel
once the project is funded, the production of the amps will commence, and depending on backer level, thats what kind of amp and/or cabinet you will receive. the amps will be shipped directly to backers from our shop in portland, oregon, or may be picked up in person.
the remainder of the amps not pre-owned by backers will be offered for a projected price of less than $950 USD to the general public. its entirely possible this run of amps may be pre-sold and not hit the general market at all. which would make this the largest privately funded run of guitar amps in the history of music, if not the world.
the attached video is of our most popular current amp. the 20 watt 'Andromeda 20' which is an 2xEL84 tube guitar amp.
you can check out youtube videos of several of our other amps here on our youtube video channel here:
for a background on me, the project guy:
I have been making high end guitar cables with my other company, solid cables for over a decade now. I exhibit at NAMM and amp show and a bunch of other trade and industry shows. the cables are in use all over the world, have been even used at president obama's inaugural ball at the white house. solidcables.com is that site if you wish more information.
Yes, we need pledges covering the 55 amp amount to launch this. You will have until the project end date (right now about 58 days)
so you can pledge now, and use the rest of the time remaining to come up with the money.
Andromeda: 2 channel, w/footswitchable reverb. (the "Big Andromeda) KT88, 5881, KT77, KT90 powered
Andromeda 20: 2xEL84 3x12AX7 single channel. about 18-20 watts. great little amp for home and smaller gigs. this is what im building for people like Billy Anderson to use in the studio.
Caribou: This is the amp we are newly making, and is the whole reason for the kickstarter project. 12ax7 preamp & KT88, 6550 powered
Serial numbers for these amps will be assigned in order of backer pledge date and time. Starting at serial number 1
YES! for USA. your amp will ship via FedEx or UPS ground. Canadian shipping will be $60 via UPS Standard to Canada.
pledged of $50,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on June 4, 2012.
Apr 5, 2012 - Jun 4, 2012 (60 days)
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hovercraft amps sticker packetEstimated delivery: Jun 2012
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hovercraft amps t-shirtEstimated delivery: Jul 2012
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hovercraft amps hoodieEstimated delivery: Jul 2012
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cable pack. 1 solid cables GT series 10' instrument cable 1 solid cables GT series 12 gauge 3' speaker cableEstimated delivery: Jun 2012
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1 - hovercraft 'andromeda 20' 2xEL84 20 watt tube amp in your choice of vintage tolex/levantEstimated delivery: Aug 2012
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1 - hovercraft KT88 powered tube amplifier head in your choice of vintage tolex/levantEstimated delivery: Oct 2012
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1 Andromeda 2 channel (big) amp with 2x kt88, 6550 or kt90 power tubes in backers choice of matamp green, or orange tolex/vinyide or Marshall purple bronco. If you have wanted one of these amps in the past, this is where you can get one!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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1 - hovercraft KT88 powered tube amplifier head in your choice of vintage tolex/levant 1 - 4x12 cabinet for the above with matching tolex/levantEstimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $1,700 or more
1 - hovercraft KT88 powered tube amplifier head in your choice of vintage tolex/levant 2 - 4x12 cabinet for the above with matching tolex/levantEstimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
1 - hovercraft KT88 powered tube amplifier head in your choice of vintage tolex/levant 2 - 4x12 cabinet for the above with matching tolex/levant amplifier and cabinets will be either custom matched to a buyers existing amp, or designed to copy or clone a desired amplifier. leave that irreplaceable vintage amp home when you hit the road!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $10,000 or more
full custom backline of amplifiers for 2 x guitarists and 1 bass player. backline to be 2 full stack (2 x heads, 4x cabinets) and 1 bass rig (1 x head, 1 8x10 or 2x 2x15 cabinets)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012