Based out of Portland, Oregon, Benson Amps grew primarily out of Christopher Benson’s obsession with sound. The products are deceptively simple...but every nudge of the simple tone controls of the Monarch or the Chimera does something musical...a feat most three band EQs aspire to. The Tall Bird tube reverb unit has the ability to be used completely wet, or conversely, to drive the front end of an amp with a large boost driven by a tube output buffer. Every detail has been scrutinized and obsessed over.
Benson Amps are UNIQUE DESIGNS, not mere clones or near-clones of vintage amps from the 50s and 60s. Armed with ears, knowledge, and taste only an experienced musician and builder can possess, Chris continues to make design choices that produce unmatched sound quality and tone.
Chris spent several weeks on the design seeking a giant sound in a compact package equally at home in the living room and studio. The Jensen C10R paired perfectly with the 1 watt Vinny's 1x10 baltic birch ply cabinet to accomplish this goal.