Sam Timberlake began music lessons in 1969. Later he studied and learned why tube amps are so great with electric guitars. In the mid '80s, he began repairing and modding tube amps. He started samamp in late 2004 after developing the Variable Amplitude Clipping (V.A.C.) circuit. V.A.C. uses light bulbs to limit voltage and current flow into the power tubes. This balanced circuit forces the power tubes to act like smaller power tubes: volume compression and output limiting at it's best.
Samamp guitar amplifiers are point to point hand wired with "class a" vacuum tube circuitry. The V.A.C. - Variable Amplitude Clipping control is a unique feature with selectable wattage settings. The point at which the output tubes clip is sometimes called the sweet spot. How loud the amp is at clipping is determined by its output power. The V.A.C. circuit is a different way to control the output power of a tube amplifier. Not a built in speaker attenuator and not in the signal path, the V.A.C. circuit uses lamps (light bulbs) to limit voltage and current flow into the power tubes. This balanced circuit forces the power tubes to act like smaller power tubes. Power tubes run cooler with V.A.C. and all of the output power reaches the speaker.
Readily available lamps are used: 25 watt, 15 watt exit sign, 7 watt "night light", and 4 watt "night light" (in early models). Take advantage of the feel and touch sensitivity that coincide with volume compression and output limiting!