This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
US
Pocketmags Digital Magazines

MARK BAIER VICTORIA AMPLIFIER COMPANY

For a quarter of a century, Mark Baier has been chasing the dream of recapturing that elusive sound of the classic Fender amps of the 50s – and his Victoria amplifiers are proof he succeeded. Dave Hunter meets a man with a remarkable passion for vintage fidelity…

LETTERS FROM AMERICA

The boutique amp boom was fuelled by the desires of guitarists who couldn’t find what they were looking to play — whether in satisfactory renditions of vintage amps or modified modern designs – and decided to get their hands dirty and build the things themselves. Such was the birth of Victoria Amplifier Company. Working as a stockbroker by day and playing blues around Chicago’s ever-fertile music scene by night, founder Mark Baier had discovered the magic of Fender’s tweed amps of the 50s, but sought the same tone in a more reliable and more affordable modern reissue… only to discover they just didn’t build ‘em like they used to.

“I had bought a reissue Fender Bassman and I’d had a real one”, Baier tells us. “I bought the new one thinking it would be new and great, but I was disappointed and realised that part of the mojo was the way they were built.” It seems there was nothing for it, then, but to build the things himself, and to adhere as closely as possible to the components and construction techniques used by Leo and co back in the day. Thus began a quest that soon resulted in some of the best-respected reproduction tweed amps ever made, followed by several more original designs that have ably shown off Baier’s more creative side.

READ MORE
Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of The Guitar Magazine - Nov-18
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - Nov-18
$3.99
Or 399 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 2.58 per issue
Get the last 6 back issues free with this subscription
SAVE
35%
Was $30.99
Now $30.99
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only $ 2.99 per issue
SAVE
25%
$2.99
Or 299 points

View Issues

About The Guitar Magazine

New issue available to download now!