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Benson Amps prides itself on building hand-crafted guitar amplifiers and pedals that take you to a place where mass-produced equipment just can’t. In a world of assembly lines and robots, Benson Amps takes an old-world approach to building heirloom quality amps for the 21st-century musician. What started as a basement project for Christopher Benson has grown into a full-scale business based out of Portland, Oregon, where the Benson Amps team is hand-wiring pedals and amps to order. Upgrade your sound with a Benson germanium fuzz or preamp pedal today, or call the shop for more information!

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    Benson Amps Germanium Fuzz Pedal - Studio Black

    Benson Amps Germanium Fuzz Pedal - Studio Black Midwood Guitar Studio is a proud dealer of Benson Pedals! *This version of the fuzz is no meant for outside use in direct sunlight. From Benson: The Germanium Fuzz is a fuzz pedal. The knobs change the...

    $299.00
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    Benson Amps Germanium Fuzz Pedal - Solar White

    Benson Amps Germanium Fuzz Pedal - Solar White Midwood Guitar Studio is a proud dealer of Benson Pedals! *This version of the fuzz is okay to use in direct sunlight. From Benson: The Germanium Fuzz is a fuzz pedal. The knobs change the sounds...

    $299.00
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    Benson Amps Preamp Pedal

    Benson Amps Preamp Pedal Midwood Guitar Studio is a proud dealer of Benson Pedals! From Benson:   We call this our Preamp because it is! The circuit is based on the our Chimera 30 watt guitar amplifier, but substitutes FET transistors for the...

    $249.00
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About Benson Amps

In an industry replete with boutique gear, Christopher Benson builds some of the most desirable amps and pedals on the market. Through a combination of hand-crafted construction, specifically sourced components, and unique voicings, Benson has tapped into the zeitgeist of the modern tonal palette. Bensons don’t just rock, they bloom. After all, amps and pedals are an extension of your instrument, which in turn is an extension of your touch and musical imagination. Benson understands this innately, and builds gear that, above all else, amplifies self-expression. 


Benson honed his skills and expanded his palette at Verellen amps in the late 2000s. When he founded his own company in Portland, Oregon, he had already zeroed in on the perfect recipe to satisfy his tonal cravings. The aptly named, Monarch, provided the glistening cleans and harmonic overdrive necessary to put Benson on the map. Players and aficionados everywhere were enamored with this 6V6-powered masterpiece. 


Ever attuned to the needs of the modern guitarist, Chris Benson set out to create the ultimate bedroom/studio low-watt amplifier. The 1-watt Vinny is one of the purest, most intuitive models ever produced. Despite featuring only 1 EL84, 1 12AX7, and 1 knob, the colors, and hues that you can coax out of this thing are unreal. As you turn it up, the sound darkens and saturates, adding warmth and dimension that complements its pristine cleans.


In the pedal world, Benson has proved just as successful. His ability to cram huge sounds into small packages is simply uncanny. Their Preamp pedal is the FET-transistor, stompbox version of their 30-watt Chimera amp, and it can serve as everything from a clean boost to a fuzz. Speaking of fuzz, their “temperature-controlled” Germanium fuzz and adjacent Germanium Boost are unreal. No company has ever succeeded in taming Germanium this well.