If you’ve ever wondered what an amplifier might look like had it been built by a luthier, check out GLB Sound’s products. The Italian company builds its amp cabinets like a guitar maker crafts an axe: with tonewoods such as sapele and maple. And its latest release, the GIG10 Manhattan, is a prime example of its philosophy.
The amp is drop-dead gorgeous. Italian spruce is used as the cabinet material, which GLB claims is “superbly responsive” and ideal for the jazz guitarists for whom the amp is designed. It houses a ten-inch Jensen Tornado speaker, a vintage-inspired tube preamp with two 12AU7s, and a Class D power stage driven by Bang & Olufsen’s ICEpower technology.
All this fits into a package clocking in at 17.5 pounds with a footprint of about 14 by ten inches—it’ll be the most attractive portable amp you own.
The GIG10 Manhattan lists for EU1,699, and will be available in May. For more information, check out glbsound.com.