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    A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Peter Stroud resides in Atlanta, Georgia, lured by the southern city’s active music scene. Growing up, he listened to bands like The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Faces, and Led Zeppelin, while he copped the riffs of his axe heroes Jeff Beck, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix and Billy Gibbons.

    A firm believer in the “less is more” style of guitar playing, Peter is highly regarded as “a songwriter’s guitarist,” complimenting songs with tasteful hooks, dead on rhythms and memorable solos. Peter gained international prominence in the ‘90s playing with Pete Droge who he met through producer Brendan O’Brien. Their first show was Germany’s Rock am Ring festival. Peter found himself standing in front of 40,000 fans, never having played a note together with Droge. But it must have worked, because over the following three years, Pete Droge & The Sinners recorded two critically acclaimed albums and toured extensively.

    It was during this period that Peter met Sheryl Crow. In late 1998, she asked him to join her band in support of her third release, Globe Sessions. This musical relationship has lasted for over eleven years, where he eventually served as Sheryl’s music director. Soon after the conclusion of the Globe Sessions tour, Peter joined Don Henley in 2000 for his Inside Job tour.

    Peter remained active touring with Sheryl up until late June 2010. Immediately thereafter and to date, he has taken on guitar duties for Sarah McLachlan’s band, touring in support of her latest release, Illusions Of Bliss.

    In addition to his busy touring schedule, Peter is also hard at work on a band and album project intended for release soon. Peter has been interviewed in numerous music industry publications including Vintage Guitar, Premier Guitar and is featured in the July 2010 issue of Guitar Aficionado. His album credits include Pete Droge, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, The Dixie Chicks, Kid Rock, The Wallflowers and Shawn Mullins.

    Not content to merely be one of the world’s most in-demand guitar players, Peter is the co-founding partner of 65amps, manufacturer of handmade, boutique tube guitar amplifiers. He started the company in 2003 with longtime friend Dan Boul. Originally the idea was to serve Peter’s personal need for a low-powered amp solution for Sheryl Crow's lower stage volumes. The results were the first 65amps models, loosely patterned on the legendary 18 watt Marshalls.

    Joining Peter for this Q&A is Dan Boul. A graduate of Musician's Institute, and a professional guitarist for 12 years, Dan's early career was in Information Technology and Software. Dan applied the same rigor and analysis to amp design that he previously employed in his IT work. Today 65amps offers a variety of guitar and bass amplifier models used by professionals and “pro-sumers.” Dan also does a weekly webcast which has become very popular with tone freaks who draw on Dan's 30 year love affair with guitars and amps. Dan currently does the odd gig with his retro rock band “The Dung Beatles.”


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    Hello...Im here

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    Hey Peter. Welcome. Glad to have ya.

    Who's got the first questions.
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    Hola Duncanites! Dan Boul here!

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    Hey Dan. You two must be the two most punctual people in rock!
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    Hey Dan, this is Joe, the guy who hung out with you and Myles a couple years ago after your open house.

    Thanks for agreeing to do this.

    My question for Dan….what do you think has helped 65 Amps the most, in terms of making the jump between being a hobbyist amp builder and a growing amp company? What things have you learned that you wish you’d known earlier, and which things would you not advise.

    For Pete....do you think you could give us a rundown of all of the main amp rigs you've used over the years, in each band or artist you've played with.....from the time you were a teenager till now?
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    Thanks for having us Evan! Hey Dan!!!

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    Hey guys, thanks for doing this!

    I was wondering if you guys could tell us what might be coming up for 65 Amps in terms of new models maybe next year with the regular line and the new "Pro" line?

    Also, since you are both here a tricky question...besides 65 Amps what kind of amps do you guys prefer...if there were no 65 Amps what would you guys use??? New boutique or vintage oldies either way...
    If you just read a post by The Guy Who Invented Fire please understand that opinions change, mind sets change and as players our ears mature...not to mention our needs grow and change. With that in mind, today I may or may not agree with the post you just read!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the guy who invented fire View Post
    Hey guys, thanks for doing this!

    I was wondering if you guys could tell us what might be coming up for 65 Amps in terms of new models maybe next year with the regular line and the new "Pro" line?

    Also, since you are both here a tricky question...besides 65 Amps what kind of amps do you guys prefer...if there were no 65 Amps what would you guys use??? New boutique or vintage oldies either way...
    First, thanks for inventing fire! Love that!

    We're releasing the "Empire" at NAMM which is our take on pure and proper old British tone from that famous amp company that I can't say here online. It has 3 exquisitely crafted British voices ranging from mid 60's to early 70's to 80's hot rod in one amp all controllable by a footswitch. I've done a few videos about it on Ustream . . .have a look.

    Peter and I have dozen's of ideas for the future amps, just don't have the time to get to them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanBoul View Post
    First, thanks for inventing fire! Love that!

    We're releasing the "Empire" at NAMM which is our take on pure and proper old British tone from that famous amp company that I can't say here online. It has 3 exquisitely crafted British voices ranging from mid 60's to early 70's to 80's hot rod in one amp all controllable by a footswitch. I've done a few videos about it on Ustream . . .have a look.

    Peter and I have dozen's of ideas for the future amps, just don't have the time to get to them!
    Glad you enjoy the fire!

    The Empire sounds like a cool piece, I'll take a look and see what I can find.
    If you just read a post by The Guy Who Invented Fire please understand that opinions change, mind sets change and as players our ears mature...not to mention our needs grow and change. With that in mind, today I may or may not agree with the post you just read!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the guy who invented fire View Post
    Glad you enjoy the fire!

    The Empire sounds like a cool piece, I'll take a look and see what I can find.
    Look on my Facebook page or 65's Facebook page and also if you search on Ustream it will show up. Don't have a link handy sorry! But let me know if you need help!

    Seriously, the fire thing is off the hook! Great job!

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    Welcome Gents! Thank you for taking time to spend with us! I am at work, so my input to this conversation will be minimal.. And I cant follow along, so I apologize if my questions are repeats.

    Peter, tho I tend to listen to heavier stuff, Im a fan of your work with several of the artists you've played with. when/What can we expect from your upcoming solo project? Any interesting road stories?

    Dan,
    Ive heard the 65 Amps pack some serious tone, but havnt had the priveledge of playing one. What promted you to build your own amps, how long did it take you to develop the sound you were shooting for? And do you offer or will you offer a "lunchbox" size head with a master volume?

    Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by BloodRose View Post
    Welcome Gents! Thank you for taking time to spend with us!
    Dan,
    Ive heard the 65 Amps pack some serious tone, but havnt had the priveledge of playing one. What promted you to build your own amps, how long did it take you to develop the sound you were shooting for? And do you offer or will you offer a "lunchbox" size head with a master volume?

    Thank you
    Happy to be here! Thanks for YOUR time!

    The impetus was Peter needing to get good tone at lower stage volumes with Ms. Crow. Peter and I were geeking out on the old Ball Amp at the time and out of frustration we decided to make one ourselves . . .but with our usual neurotic attention to detail and we both have wierd bent for doing endless research. Peter was in LA a lot so we had time to flesh it out.

    We honestly didn't intend to go into biz like this, it sort of asked us to do it. The response to the first amp we made for Peter's gig started a chain reaction that lead us here. Also, being in LA, we're surrounded by many experienced and highly talented people and we have no ego about getting smart guys to help us!

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    Hi Dan and Peter and welcome to the SDUGF.

    I have a Marshall JCM 900 MkIII head (2100 model) and it has 2 master volumes which are footswitchable. One for rhythm, one for lead. It's a no frills single channel amp otherwise that I just love.

    My question: Is this something that you have thought of incorporating in to your amps? I think it is a great feature and am quite surprised that it's not seen more often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErikH View Post
    Hi Dan and Peter and welcome to the SDUGF.

    I have a Marshall JCM 900 MkIII head (2100 model) and it has 2 master volumes which are footswitchable. One for rhythm, one for lead. It's a no frills single channel amp otherwise that I just love.

    My question: Is this something that you have thought of incorporating in to your amps? I think it is a great feature and am quite surprised that it's not seen more often.
    Hi Erik
    Our new Empire will incorporate multiple gain levels with ability to dial a quite aggressive sound. But all sharing same tone stack which is our preference. Less circuitry means more of true tone of what you're putting thru it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BloodRose View Post
    Welcome Gents! Thank you for taking time to spend with us! I am at work, so my input to this conversation will be minimal.. And I cant follow along, so I apologize if my questions are repeats.

    Peter, tho I tend to listen to heavier stuff, Im a fan of your work with several of the artists you've played with. when/What can we expect from your upcoming solo project? Any interesting road stories?

    Dan,
    Ive heard the 65 Amps pack some serious tone, but havnt had the priveledge of playing one. What promted you to build your own amps, how long did it take you to develop the sound you were shooting for? And do you offer or will you offer a "lunchbox" size head with a master volume?

    Thank you
    HI Bloodrose,
    The new band definitely has a southern flare to it that came a bit by default. Mainly we want to put out owr own music and playing that we feel represents us honestly. IT'll have a lot of guitar interaction btn Audley Keith and I of course. Keith is an amazing B-bender player and a singer songwriter in his own right. We have Robert Kearns on bass (played with Audley in Cry Of Love and now with Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Fred Eltringham on drums. Also Ike Stubblefield on B-3, so the mix of styles is very wide. It'll be a lot of fun and has been exciting for all of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BloodRose View Post
    Welcome Gents! Thank you for taking time to spend with us! I am at work, so my input to this conversation will be minimal.. And I cant follow along, so I apologize if my questions are repeats.

    Peter, tho I tend to listen to heavier stuff, Im a fan of your work with several of the artists you've played with. when/What can we expect from your upcoming solo project? Any interesting road stories?

    Dan,
    Ive heard the 65 Amps pack some serious tone, but havnt had the priveledge of playing one. What promted you to build your own amps, how long did it take you to develop the sound you were shooting for? And do you offer or will you offer a "lunchbox" size head with a master volume?

    Thank you
    Road stories...so many the brain gets clogged. Hung out with Kid Rock and band at the hotel bar a couple of years back during Obama's Inauguration. multiple Jack shots later, Kid has his back up singers leading a gospel sing long with everyone remaining in the bar at about 2am. Probably one of the more tamer moments on Kid Rock's list of bar experiences, but none the less was quite memorable.

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    Hey guys.....
    Dan.... What do you feel separates your amps from the heard?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bludave View Post
    Hey guys.....
    Dan.... What do you feel separates your amps from the heard?
    After Peter and I living with amps at home, in the studio and on the road for decades, we've learned all the frailties and strengths of all the old amps and we've strived to get rid of the weaknesses and enhance the strenths and combine them into our products with the addition of some 21st century know-how. Thanks!

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    Hey Gear Joneser...wow...lemme think back...

    HS... Kustom 4x10 combo, Ampeg VT-40, any Marshall or Orange I could borrow from Keith Roscoe's The Guitar Shop in Greensboro NC
    Later years - Gallien Krueger GT300 stacks
    Fender red Knob Showman
    later in early nineties - VHT Pittbull
    mid late nineties went vintage...
    Plexi 50 wayy & Dual Showman thru Marshall cabs
    Pete Droge, early Sheryl and Henley days...
    212 Marshall 50 combo and Super Reverb both heavily modded by me
    after that...65's!!!

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