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 SPECIAL TOM GUITAR BLACK/YELLOW STRIPE ONLY 150 MADE
USD 749.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 01:41:25
EVH Eddie Van Halen Wolfgang WG-T Standard Electric Guitar
USD 399.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 04:55:33
EVH Wolfgang Special Guitar Natural MIM with EVH Hard Shell Case
USD 799.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 02:00:29
EVH Wolfgang WG Standard Electric Guitar (Transparent Blue Burst)
USD 599.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-26 19:58:36

 

Dave Mustaine Signature Guitars

Dave Mustaine VMNTX United Abomination Electric Guitar
USD 258.32 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-20 22:07:06
Dean Signature V Dave Mustaine End Game Electric Guitar
USD / 174.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 22:05:44

 

Dimebag Darrell Signature Guitars

Washburn Dime V Guitar - Dimebag Darrell
USD 230.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 21:52:20
Washburn DIME Blackjack Dimebag Darrell Signature Guitar Pantera
USD 550.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-20 22:19:07
DIMEBAG DARRELL Miniature Guitar Frame PANTERA Lightning
USD / 42.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 13:46:47

 

Michael Schenker Signature Guitars


 

Tony Iommi Signature Guitars

Epiphone Tony Iommi electric guitar G-400 with hard case & strap
USD 525.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 21:11:25
TONY IOMMI Miniature Guitar Frame Black Sabbath
USD / 40.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 13:39:31
Epiphone Limited Edition Tony Iommi SG Custom Electric Guitar
USD 635.55 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-20 02:38:44

 

Zakk Wylde Signature Guitars


 

George Lynch Signature Guitars

ESP LTD GL-200k Kamikaze Guitar George Lynch
USD 375.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-25 11:47:33
GEORGE LYNCH Miniature Guitar Frame KAMIKAZE Dokken
USD / 40.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 13:46:47

 

Kirk Hammett Signature Guitars

ESP LTD Kirk Hammett Signature White Zombie Graphic Electric Guitar
USD 1044.05 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-25 20:45:54
ESP KIRK HAMMETT KH-3 SPIDER Electric Guitar
USD 1795.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 01:00:47

 

Buddy Guy Signature Guitars

Buddy Guy - Born to Play Guitar [New CD]
USD 7.83 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 08:24:30
BUDDY GUY Guitar Pick
USD 9.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 02:06:58
Buddy Guy Gothic Guitar BG Logo 2009 Red T Shirt New Official Blues
USD 19.79 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 17:30:40
BUDDY GUY - Sweet Tea - CD SILVERTONE 41751 - 2001 - Blues Guitar
USD 8.88 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-23 00:25:55

 

Eric Clapton Signature Guitars


 

Eric Johnson Signature Guitars

Fender Artist Eric Johnson Stratocaster RW Electric Guitar
USD 1379.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-25 19:02:21
ERIC JOHNSON (GUITAR 1) - AH VIA MUSICOM NEW CD
USD 11.57 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 04:20:40

 

Jeff Beck Signature Guitars


 

Steve Vai Signature Guitars

Ibanez Steve Vai Jem Jr. Electric Guitar White NO CASE Jem Jr.
USD 431.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 16:14:28

 

Joe Satriani Signature Guitars

Ibanez Joe Satriani JS1000 Electric Guitar (Black Pearl)
USD / 850.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-23 01:00:01
Ibanez JS1000 Joe Satriani Electric Guitar
USD 1089.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-25 20:00:31

 

Randy Rhoads Signature Guitars


 

John Petrucci Signature Guitars


 

Steve Morse Signature Guitars

Steve Morse Tour Guitar Pick
USD / 10.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 11:52:56
DEEP PURPLE STEVE MORSE 2017 TOUR GUITAR PICK
USD 50.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-23 01:59:48
STEVE MORSE Stressfest CD Dixie Dregs Deep Purple Shred Guitar
USD 3.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-20 23:26:20
DEEP PURPLE Steve Morse tour Guitar Pick Concert
USD 19.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 02:20:11

 

John 5 Signature Guitars

Fender Squier J5 John 5 Telecaster - Black Electric Guitar
USD 379.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-23 01:54:06
john 5 guitar picks
USD / 40.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 01:18:21
Marilyn Manson John 5 Autographed Signed Guitar & Proof PSA AFTAL
USD 423.80 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-26 07:28:22

 

Angus Young Signature Guitars

2006 GIBSON ANGUS YOUNG SG SIGNATURE GUITAR
USD 800.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 16:42:26
Angus Young "AC/DC" Signed Guitar w/ Hand Drawn Sketch PSA/DNA #S38006
USD 1399.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 23:26:51
GUITAR SCHOOL / AC/DC ANGUS YOUNG
USD 9.50 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-26 18:06:05

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!