Category Archives: Eric Johnson

Butler Silver Hammer Amp Video Review

This is a video review and demo of my Butler Silver Hammer guitar amp – which is a PTP (point to point) hand wired Plexi style amp. It’s like a Marshall Plexi, but the difference is that this amp actually has 2 channels (one clean, one overdrive), AND this amp has a master volume control on BOTH channels!

In the video I do a full walk through, including the controls on the front and the back, before doing a demo on each channel (straight in), and then I demo it with my pedalboard. Sorry about all the banter (some people complain that they just want to hear the amp, not all the specs), but I wanted to be sure to include everything I could think of for somebody actually interested in buying one of the amps.

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Here’s the video of the Butler Silver Hammer built by Max Butler of Eaton Rapids, MI. If you’re interested in seeing more about his amps, visit www.MaxButlerAmps.com

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaiQ9M8lisQ

My Favorite Signature Guitars

Seems like everyone and their brother has a “signature guitar” anymore. You seem them from time to time in Guitar Center or the latest Musician’s Friend catalog, but never all at once. The kind of seem to come and go. I decided to list my favorite signature guitar models all at once for you to check out. These are my favorites from Eddie Van Halen, Dave Mustaine, Dimebag Darrell, Michael Schenker, Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, George Lynch, Kirk Hammett, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Slash, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Randy Rhoads, John Petrucci, Angus Young, and Steve Morse. I wish I had them all!

 

Van Halen Wolfgang Signature Guitars

EVH Wolfgang Standard Left-Handed - Trans Black Quilt Guitar
USD 599.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-12 19:28:26
PEAVEY EVH WOLFGANG SPECIAL ELECTRIC GUITAR
USD 400.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-12 06:31:45
EVH Wolfgang Special - Striped (Guitar #WGM167023)
USD 1599.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-16 19:51:08
Used EVH Wolfgang Special Electric Guitar - Sunburst - Hard Shell Case
USD / 629.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 23:47:30

 

Dave Mustaine Signature Guitars

Dean Dave Mustaine Signature V Electric Guitar
USD 129.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 23:16:35
Dean Dave Mustaine VMNT Angel of Deth Electric Guitar Graphic
USD 999.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-15 19:18:54
Dean Dave Mustaine VMNTX Electric Guitar Metallic Silver 190839133526
USD 191.36 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-13 18:39:16

 

Dimebag Darrell Signature Guitars

DIMEBAG DARRELL ABBOTT GUITAR PICK - DAMAGEPLAN - PANTERA
USD 2.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-13 16:38:41
DIMEBAG DARRELL ABBOTT MEMORIAL GUITAR PICK. PANTERA - DAMAGEPLAN
USD 2.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-16 18:22:10

 

Michael Schenker Signature Guitars

MICHAEL SCHENKER Miniature Guitar Scorpions old
USD 34.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-17 15:05:10
Dean Michael Schenker MS Retro V Electric Guitar - BLEMISH FREE!
USD 295.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-16 18:07:25
Dean Michael Schenker Standard Guitar
USD 279.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-15 21:44:06

 

Tony Iommi Signature Guitars


 

Zakk Wylde Signature Guitars

Gibson custom shop les paul Zakk Wylde bullseye guitar
USD 4500.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-12 03:00:01
zakk wylde epiphone guitars
USD / 370.00 (9 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-11 22:19:52
Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Bullseye Guitar w/Soft Case
USD 499.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-17 22:44:09

 

George Lynch Signature Guitars


 

Kirk Hammett Signature Guitars

ESP LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Electric Guitar
USD 269.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-15 22:38:21
ESP Kirk Hammett Demonology - (Guitar #W17090779)
USD 1149.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-17 15:28:53
ESP LTD Kirk Hammett Demonology Electric Guitar w/ case LIMITED
USD 1079.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 22:48:04

 

Buddy Guy Signature Guitars

Buddy Guy Autographed Guitar StrapĀ 
USD 90.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-15 19:01:32
Fender Buddy Guy Standard Stratocaster New Electric Guitar FREE Shipping
USD 1818.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-16 05:40:44
Buddy Guy guitar pick
USD 10.50 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 17:50:33

 

Eric Clapton Signature Guitars


 

Eric Johnson Signature Guitars

ERIC JOHNSON SIGNATURE GUITAR PICK
USD 2.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-12 01:59:43
USA Fender Eric Johnson GUITAR CORD CABLE Strat Tele Koil Cord
USD 0.99 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 20:46:19

 

Jeff Beck Signature Guitars

JEFF BECK ~ SOLO GUITAR ~ 24x36 MUSIC POSTER ~ NEW/ROLLED!
USD 5.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 21:30:46
Guitar Boogie Eric Clapton Jeff Beck Jimmy Page Vinyl LP Orig
USD 8.50 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-16 07:42:13

 

Steve Vai Signature Guitars

IBANEZ Steve Vai JEM7 White 6 String Solid Electric Guitar
USD 996.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-12 14:32:33
Ibanez Steve Vai Limited Edit (Guitar #3301F16516)
USD 6999.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-15 17:21:25

 

Joe Satriani Signature Guitars

Ibanez Joe Satriani Signature Electric Guitar Muscle Car Orange
USD 2499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-16 07:15:10

 

Randy Rhoads Signature Guitars

Jackson Pro Randy Rhoads RRT-3 Electric Guitar, Ivory w Pinstripes
USD 899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-13 03:14:09
Jackson RR3 Randy Rhoads Black Electric Guitar (Gig Bag)
USD / 349.86 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-11 16:58:03

 

John Petrucci Signature Guitars

Sterling By Music Man John Petrucci JP100D Electric Guitar Sunburst
USD 535.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-11 21:44:00
OLP John Petrucci Signature Guitar In Redburst Finish
USD 179.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-16 12:20:47
Sterling by Music Man John Petrucci JP160 Guitar, Pearl White +Cable
USD 699.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-16 17:44:58

 

Steve Morse Signature Guitars

Steve Morse, Steve Howe - Guitar Player Magazine 1982
USD 7.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-13 13:26:42

 

John 5 Signature Guitars

Squier John 5 Signature Telec (Guitar #CGS1622606)
USD 449.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-17 15:42:01

 

Angus Young Signature Guitars

ANGUS YOUNG Miniature Guitar Frame AC/DC
USD / 40.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-17 15:08:34
AC/DC Angus Young 1991 Razors Edge Tour Issued Guitar Pick - Brown
USD 24.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 03:40:26
AC/DC Angus Young 1991 Razors Edge Tour Issued Guitar Pick - White
USD 27.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 03:32:50

Max Butler Amp Review

This is the *Official* Max Butler Amp Review page. I’m proud to say that this is the first EVER video interview placed online with the legendary Max Butler, the master guitar amp builder located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan (MI). I’m providing this interview series so musicians can finally hear commentary directly from this master amp builder. So often online, what you can find are only blog reviews and forum posts from musicians. I want people to be able to hear directly from Max Butler himself commentary about his amp builds. If you provide comments and questions below, I’ll add more interviews with him in the future to answer those questions as well.

There are many cookie cutter amps to be had at Guitar Center, and the great bulk of the moderately priced ones now come straight from China. If you decide to buy a nice “boutique amp” from a master amp builder, odds are you’re probably going to have to pay $3,000+.

Max Butler has been building amps for 28 years, and for the entire duration has barely charged enough to cover the cost of parts alone. That’s right – he’s not even making a profit. He hand wires the amps point-to-point style, and hand builds the cabinets, installs the speakers, and covers them in the tolex covering of your choice. His love of musicians, and passion for amp-building is very evident.

Max Butler doesn’t have a web site, he has never advertised in any way – he has been building amps for 28 years out of his Eaton Rapids basement shop merely by the word of mouth. And during that time he has almost always consistently had orders for new amps. He estimates he’s built between 300-400 amps to date. I own one currently – and another is on order.

Max Butler builders 2 kinds of tube-based guitar amps, the “Silver Hammer” (based on a 50 watt Plexi), and the “Swamp”. In the Part 1 of my interview with Max he talks about the Silver Hammer amp and how it began – because he wanted a Plexi with a Master volume. It’s a 2 channel amp with clean and distortion channels, reverb, and footswitch. It has 1 volume and 1 master per channel, in addition to presence, bass, middle, and treble controls. Max has built Silver Hammer amps for Eric Johnson, CC Deville, Billy Gibbons, and other famous players.

Max Butler’s newest guitar amp, the “Swamp” is his newest creation – which he talks the most about in Part 2 of the interview. The “Swamp” amp comes in 15, 30, and 50 watt configurations of a standalone head on top of a speaker cabinet. I say “newest”, because he’s built about 60 of these (out of the 400) over the last 6 years or so.

I currently own a Silver Hammer 50 watt amp (which I will review here soon), and I have a 30 watt Swamp on order (which I will review when I receive it as well). When I pickup my Swamp, I plan to interview Max again and ask him to (re)tell the stories of amps he’s built for famous players, as well as to provide some commentary about various tubes.

Harmony Central Reviews of Butler Amps

Lasing State Journal print interview with Max Butler from 2006

I bought my Silver Hammer amp off Craigslist from another player who had way too much gear. I bought it on sight alone after reading the online reviews – which led me to do some research to find the man who built it. I made the 90 minute trip to meet Max Butler in person last summer, so I could have him give it the once-over and make sure it was in tip-top shape. Not only did I meet probably the nicest man I’ve ever met, he was very gracious – and we talked guitars and amps for a few hours. Once he had my amp for a week, he found there was a problem with the transformer – and he replaced it with a Bassman transformer, replaced the power tubes and one preamp tube, AND recapped the amp for $127.00!! Unbelievable!! He even replaced one tube socket he thought was flaky. Just about all his amps are $1,000, you simply can’t buy boutique amps of this quality ANYWHERE for that kind of money.

Please enjoy the following interviews with legendary master amp builder Max Butler.

Max Butler Amps Interview Part 1

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpAimeFMvYk

Max Butler Amps Interview Part 2

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROd07izyr_I

If you own a Max Butler amp – please comment below. If you would like to comment on his interviews, or ask Max a question please comment below as well.

If you would like to contact Max directly, please Use My Contact Form – and I’ll reply with his phone number so you can call him.

Max – if you read this, thanks again – for the interview, for your amps, and for all you do for musicians!