Guitar Aficionado

NAMM 2014: Colby Amplification Re-Launches Park Amplifiers

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Park amplifiers, legendary among collectors and tone aficionados, has been re-launched by Colby Amplification.

Following on the success of Colby’s award-winning first product launch, the dual tone booster, Mitch Colby has recreated the very best of British amplification just as it was in the 1960s and 1970s.

Park amps, once an alternate brand of amps made in a well-known British factory, are known for their smooth clean and overdriven tones. Original Park amps were basically the same as the other “golden-era” British amps made in that same factory. The Park amps also followed the circuit evolution as the amps got louder and more aggressive through the 1970s. Park also offered unique models such as the “Rock Head,” which in 1980 included cascading gain and a Post Phase Inverter Master Volume. Today, due to their rarity and magnificent tone, original Park amps are now highly collectable.

The first Park by Colby Amplification amp will be a limited edition, true-to-original, top-mount, KT66-loaded Park 45. This amp will include high-quality and hard-to-find parts such as New Old Stock (NOS) vintage Piher resistors, Lemco and Phillips “mustard” capacitors, all affixed to a brown Paxolin board with split turrets. Merrin “clone” transformers finish off this detailed reproduction amplifier. The construction and cosmetics will be the same as the original including an aluminum chassis, laced wiring, McMurdo octal tube sockets and EC Collins reproduction pinstripe grill cloth. The limited edition Park 45 is also available as a 2x12 combo with Celestion G12M speakers. Only 25 limited edition amps (heads and combos combined) will be produced.

There will be a number of other models available at introduction including the Park 45 head and combo, Park 50 head and combo and the unique Park slant 4x12. The construction and cosmetics will be the same as the originals including “banana knobs” and offset Park block logo. These amps will feature the same topography and circuits as the originals, but unlike the limited edition models will be built with modern components.

With his 30 plus years of involvement in the amplifier business, over 40 years of playing guitar and a lifetime dedicated to tone, Mitch is uniquely qualified to bring back these highly coveted amplifiers. “It is extremely gratifying to be able to recreate the designs that are part of the history of great British amplification.”

All Park amplifiers will be hand wired in New York.

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