In an official announcement earlier this morning, it has been confirmed that Howard Alexander Dumble, creator of the mythical Dumble amplifiers, has passed away. The legendary guitar amp designer leaves a legacy of some of the most sought-after amp tones ever.
Howard Alexander Dumble
The news was confirmed earlier today, 18 January, on the Dumble Amps Instagram account.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Howard. His work brought joy and inspiration to countless musicians and engineers. May he Rest In Peace.
Dumble Overdrive Special
Dumble is the inventor of the two-channel Overdrive Special and single-channel Steel String Singer guitar amps, considered by many to be the finest amps ever made. They are sought after by many top session players and stars around the world. And due to their scarcity and high demand, can command very high prices.
He started out by modifying Fender amplifiers at home when he was 21, and soon gained a reputation for his work among the guitar community. Eventually, he went on to build his highly responsive amplifiers for specific players, meaning each amp has unique characteristics and is tweaked to suit its player perfectly. In fact, he became so sought after, that pretty soon the only way to get one of his amplifiers was if he approached you directly.
Famous customers include Carlos Santana, David Lindley, Lowell George, Ben Harper, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robben Ford. John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa have also built a lot of their tones around the Dumble amplifiers.
Dumble’s legacy of great guitar tone will, no doubt, live on through the countless recordings artists have made on his amps. And, hopefully, will continue to make in the future. I’m sure news of his passing will catapult his already collectible and rare amplifiers even further in price. But as long as people use them to make music, then the world can appreciate his work for many more years to come.