Mass produced amplifiers can get you part of the way, but a hand built heirloom quality amplifier will give you a signature tone that’s all your own. Benson Amps uses the highest quality and best sounding components to implement their meticulously designed circuits that offer unmatched clarity and harmonics when clean, and the smoothest transition into pushed amp sounds you are likely to hear. Benson's goal is to deliver the last amplifier you will ever want to buy.
Benson Amps grew primarily out of Christopher Benson’s obsession with sound. The products are deceptively simple - but every nudge of the simple tone controls of the Monarch or the Chimera does something musical - a feat most three band EQs only aspire to. The Tall Bird tube reverb unit has the ability to be used completely wet, or conversely, to drive the front end of an amp with a large boost driven by a tube output buffer. Every detail has been scrutinized and obsessed over.
Benson Amps are UNIQUE DESIGNS, not mere clones or near-clones of vintage amps from the '50s and '60s. Armed with ears, knowledge, and taste only an experienced musician and builder can possess, Chris Benson continues to make design choices that produce unmatched sound quality and tone.
The folks at Benson consistently get emails asking if the Monarch or Chimera amps can do the Vox top boost sounds. The Monarch and Chimera do a lot of things but they have always had to say "no, sorry." With the introduction of the Earhart they can now say "no, but..."
An original all-tube standalone reverb unit. The Tall Bird features DC filaments for a noise floor second to none, and is just as at home in the studio patched into a console as it is sitting on an amp in a crowded venue. The Tall Bird especially excels at percussive guitar playing, filling in the gaps of notes with a haunting swell...