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THE RICHARD FORTUS COLLECTION
What does every globe-trotting rock and roll star need? Big f*cking amps. A lot of ‘em. And that’s exactly what Richard Fortus has got!
A connoisseur and bona fide amp man, Fortus can speak at length about the finer points of an amp’s every detail, and these heads, cabs, and combos taken from his personal collection reflect a lifetime of knowledge obtained as a dedicated collector and one of rock’s true journeyman ambassadors.
"I grew up in St. Louis and when I was a kid, many bands would end up having their trucks stolen while they were in town. I remember that Angel was one of those bands. 35 years later, I saw this amp in a shop and bought it. It's Punky Meadow's head and still has the Angel flight case. It's an incredible sounding amp."READ MORE
"Kelly amps were made in the late 60's/early 70's by John Kelly who was a designer for Selmer. He left Selmer and took a few people from there and started his own company. This is like a 100 watt Treble & Bass. Very, very, rare and falls between a Marshall and a Fender. The be-all, end-all of Selmers!"READ MORE
"This was my go-to lead amp for many many years. I bought this when I was about 20 years old. There is a jack in the back to run a 16 ohm 4x12 off of. It's an incredible amp and I used it on many many sessions."READ MORE
"This is one of the rarest vintage amps. Very few were produced, due to their outrageous retail price of $1200 in 1965 (That would be around $10,000 today). It's an absolute beast of an amp and one of my favorites of all time. It's a true stereo amp (40 watts per side). Stereo Magnatone vibrato is absolutely incredible. The 2 cabinets have a Celestion G12h and an alnico gold in each. Someone had taken the tops off of the 2 cabinets (assumingly, so they could stack all 3!) From 1965 till 1967, only between 20 to 50 of these were produced. Insanely thick and punchy."READ MORE
"These are absolutely amazing. I've got 2 and I'm keeping the other. They are made from old film projectors from the 50s."READ MORE
"I bought this from Mick Mars at the same time as I bought the '73 Jose/Mars amp."READ MORE
"This was made for me by a friend that is a boutique builder and makes amps for many studio players. Really great, Champ-type of amp."READ MORE
"I have 2 of these. This one is totally stock. They can be fairly easily made to be an exact replica of a 15 watt Marshall by swapping the phase inverter and changing a couple of caps. I've done that mod to my other El Pico and I use it all the time."READ MORE
"This amp was used on a ton of recordings and during amp shoot-outs, would always win in the studio. It was used on 'Hole's'"READ MORE
Each amplifier in the Richard Fortus Collection comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, as well as a brief description or anecdote written by Richard Fortus himself.
Plug into something special. Shop this carefully curated selection of stunning amplifiers owned by one of rock’s most in-demand guitarists.
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