TuneYourSound.com proudly announces that it has been chosen as the exclusive agent for the sale of Germino amplifiers in Europe. We firmly believe that the work of this guitar amplifier builder is one of the finest to be found. All instruments are hand-build to your specifications and will be unique. The whole product-line is available in our showroom (virtually and physical at our shop location in Luxembourg).
Greg Germino is one of the world's foremost authorities on vintage Marshall amplifier circuits; the 60's amplifiers that defined the 'Tones of the Gods'.
But most importantly, HE IS A GUITAR PLAYER WHO PERSONALLY-HAND BUILDS HIS AMPLIFIERS.
Greg Germino became immersed in music as many did by the British Invasion of the 60's by groups such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Hours were spent by an old RCA Hi-Fi unit spinning records by these and other groups while singing along.
By 1969 Greg had begun playing acoustic guitar learning some basic chords, however his full love affair with electric guitar tones was inspired by an early 1972 live performance of The Allman Brothers Band. His first Les Paul was acquired soon-after along with his first tube amp, an Ampeg B12XT Portaflex. Greg began listening intently to music by the ABB, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Who and others. He began playing with bands the following year in 1973.
During High School he took his first electronics class and began learning about circuits. Playing during his High School years and afterward he acquired his first 100 watt Marshall around 1977. Vintage equipment was more prolific in those days. After noticing that older Marshall amps sounded better than his 1974 Super Lead Greg changed many of the board components to match his friends 69 Super Lead.
Through the late 70's and into the 80's Greg played with various bands and continued to educate himself regarding tone, playing technique and absorbed what he could regarding tube amps. Beginning 1984 through 1995 Greg worked as a technician primarily on DC circuits. By the early 90's he was working part time with Rich Bogart of "The Tube Farm" who originally marketed and trademarked the Accu-bias and where another future amp builder, Steve Carr also worked on occasion.
In 1995 Greg worked briefly in music retail at Fat Sound Guitars. This was short lived due to moving to the mountains of North Carolina and working the next 3 years as guitarist for the Boone based band "Chicken Fat".
Returning off the mountain in 1998 Greg worked for Bull City Sound as a bench technician working on a variety of tube amplifiers. After this Greg did service work briefly for Shomaker Guitars before moving on to work with Mojo Musical Supply in January 2001. There he handled phone orders, repairs, questions in reference to Marshall amps and helped expand the company's aftermarket Marshall parts and cabinet offerings. Late in 2001 he was commissioned to build the Mojo "Tone Machine" amplifier consisting of a run of 30 pieces.
In May 2002 Germino Amplification began with the first production pieces being shipped to dealers at that time.
Greg has remained active in bands, playing small 100-200 seat clubs to 1200 seat theatre rooms in a variety of settings over the years. His commitment to his product is evident in workmanship, passion for work and continued excellent customer support.
A great fan of the Allman Brothers Band, he is actually touring with a revival group playing their music.
As we have visited Greg Germino in his shop in Saxapahaw, NC, we were able to produce some video material so that you can get an insight into Greg's work. We hope you enjoy watching this and that this inspires you to try out one of his creations.
Greg currently offers half a dozen different models. Those amps are custom made, if you wish so, respecting your creativity and Greg always strives to be as flexible and receptive to your own personal ideas when it comes to designing the amp of your dreams. Germino models being offered:
Certain models can be build as combo (2X12): Cub 40, Classic 45LV and Lead 55LV and can also come with a rectifier switch.
The following cabinets are available:
- Slant 4X12 speaker cabinet
- Straight 4X12 speaker cabinet
- Straight 2X12 speaker cabinet
- Straight 1X12 speaker cabinet
In order to allow you to choose your proper model, design, set-up the whole line of products is available in our shop. See under Showroom.
Note that all the amps are special hand-build for TuneYourSound.com