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15 06, 2017

VoyageHouston – Meet Jacob Rynearson of Steamboat

By | 2017-06-25T21:14:47+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on VoyageHouston – Meet Jacob Rynearson of Steamboat

We were recently featured in VoyageHouston! Here is the article: Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacob Rynearson. Thanks for sharing your story with us Jacob. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there. In 2006 I started working for Hawkins Amplification under an apprenticeship building and repairing guitar amplifiers. Two years late the business folded and I went to work as a janitor at the Whole Foods commercial [...]

8 10, 2015

Mini Maxin’

By | 2017-06-25T18:00:04+00:00 October 8th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Mini Maxin’

Recently I acquired a Mini Max bandsaw.  I was originally looking for a saw in the 14" wheel size range, but this 18" behemoth popped up at just the right time for a fair price.  Luckily, the owner kept the 1980's saw in great condition and it only needed some minor cleaning and set up, so I spent the afternoon taking her apart and getting everything tuned up. First I popped the table off, of [...]

8 06, 2015

All Pro

By | 2017-06-25T18:01:10+00:00 June 8th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on All Pro

Ever since I began repairing tube amps, nearly ten years ago, I've been up to my eyeballs in vintage Fenders.  In that time, I've seen nearly every iteration of Fender's amplifier legacy - from Champ amps to Twin Reverbs, Musicmasters to the insane 400PS.  I remember the first time I ever saw a blonde Fender, how beautiful it was, then soon after a Brownface Deluxe back in Chad Hawkins' garage...this was before the Heights became [...]

29 05, 2015

MFAH Shadow Monsters

By | 2017-06-25T18:10:17+00:00 May 29th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on MFAH Shadow Monsters

This year I was commissioned to design custom speakers for an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  Artist Phillip Worthington's Shadow Monsters is an interactive multimedia work which utilizes audience participation, video and audio.  The unique challenges of this project were to incorporate three separate sound systems in the MFAH's glorious Cullinan Hall, with it's fifty-feet ceilings and marble floor.  Steamboat coordinated with the MFAH build team to determine the architectural requirements, then [...]

26 05, 2015

Marshall 8×10 Restoration

By | 2017-06-25T18:16:53+00:00 May 26th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Marshall 8×10 Restoration

Last year we had a customer bring us a classic 1970's Marshall 8x10.  The cab was in pretty poor shape - even the finger joints were starting to loose.  At Steamboat we stripped her down, patched up the damaged areas, and replaced all of the tolex, grill cloth, piping and handles.   Finally we re-wired the cabinet and she was like new...again!

12 05, 2014

Git-bildin’

By | 2017-06-25T18:25:07+00:00 May 12th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Git-bildin’

For years myself and several friends have been experimenting with different guitar building techniques.  We've explored the typical "parts" guitar projects, where the guitar is assembled from all pre-built parts, and then later moved on to more advanced guitar building techniques implementing one-piece mahogany bodies, bolt-on style necks from a variety of wood species and finally constructing a unique neck-through design.  The only rule we have given ourselves is to try something different on every [...]

7 02, 2014

Kid tested, Mother disproves

By | 2017-06-25T18:41:36+00:00 February 7th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Kid tested, Mother disproves

What is it about the electric guitar that transcends our culture? Is it the look - an instrument strung over the player's shoulder like a battle axe? Is it the player - a grimacing, rebellious showman flailing on the strings while sliding across the stage? Or is it the sound?  As loud as your electric amplifier stack will allow, and nearly always with distortion. Since the beginning, electric guitar players have been obsessed with distortion. [...]

13 06, 2013

Duplum Temporis

By | 2017-06-25T18:52:41+00:00 June 13th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Duplum Temporis

Here's a custom order long in the making.  Here's a description of this amp in a series of haikus: A guitarist needs Tools of the trade; an input Output, and in'tween Effects and Channels Scrambling trammels and room sound Master volume, noise Tone stack, Tone stack two Forced feedback, pentode output Adjustable bias Point to point to point Three cables become just one Foot switch magic box Needless prayers are Answered, unwavering now [...]

12 04, 2013

Tow Time

By | 2017-06-25T19:02:11+00:00 April 12th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Tow Time

Introducing the Tow Line speaker cable This is a high quality, extra heavy duty cable hand made in the USA.  Each conductor is made from pure, 14 gauge stranded copper, symmetrically twisted for maximum tensile strength and minimum noise performance. The Tow Line is terminated with G&H Megafoot 1/4" connectors, chosen for their overbuilt design, signal clarity and robust strain relief.  Each solder joint is finished with lead free silver solder to ensure the highest [...]

12 02, 2013

High what?

By | 2017-06-25T19:13:08+00:00 February 12th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on High what?

Recently, we were commissioned to recreate a classic Hiwatt DR103 style amplifier.  Most famous as Pete Townshend's amplifier brand-of-choice, we were ecstatic to make this amp for The Treaty Oak Collective - a Houston-based booking firm and record label. The DR103 has immense style - in fact, Hiwatt was a huge influence on the aesthetic design of all Steamboat amps.  Not only in terms of visual design, but high quality, reliable point-to-point wiring with a focus on extreme fidelity. [...]