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Chris Benson Of Benson Amps & Pedals At TPS! [Preamps, Fuzzes, Delay, Surf's Up & Florist]

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Published 17 May 2024
Duration:
1:06:18

"Fantastic tones in the house from Portland, Oregon!

Welcome to the show! It is our great pleasure to welcome one of the USA’s premier contemporary names in amps and effects: Chris Benson. Now just over a decade into his company, Chris’s uncompromising approach to design and build has yielded a range of products that have gained a stellar reputation among musicians, techs, engineers and producers.
In this show Chris tells us how he got started in the business before we delve into the sounds and features of some of his current offerings… and a couple of new ones too.
Massive thanks to Chris for making the journey here. Please check out Benson online - https://www.bensonamps.com/

Enjoy the episode!

Pedals & stuff in this show
• TheGigRig Three2One
https://www.thegigrig.com/three2one

• Walrus Audio Canvas Tuner
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/3UObVlQ
Australia: https://bit.ly/3QTkD15
USA: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/oqky2W

• Benson Germanium Fuzz
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/44JYbgI
Australia: https://bit.ly/2R3Q8Kf
USA: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/5gv7e1

• Benson Germanium Preamp
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/4dKJMov
Australia: https://bit.ly/3UIZ5FK
USA: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/zNo2LG

• Benson Preamp
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/3mtz5Ml
Australia: https://bit.ly/2yF5FTy
USA: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/9g7J1E

• Benson Germanium Boost
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/3yqoJaM
Australia: https://bit.ly/4bjHefn
USA: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/xkgNxy

• Benson Stonk Box
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/4bjgKL9
Australia: https://bit.ly/4dGI1J5
USA: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/1rvWjz

• Benson Delay
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/3QO42fa
Australia: https://bit.ly/3ywbwgo
USA: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/ZQMykz

• Benson / Non Human Audio Florist
Not released yet

• TheGigRig G3S
https://www.thegigrig.com/g3-s


Interesting bits and go-to sections
0:00 Intro
0:52 Chris the Florist… nice!
2:02 Surfs Up! The Beach Boys spring reverb
3:25 How Chris got started in amps & effects
7:45 Lots going on in Oregon
8:15 That Gigging Life
9:55 Benson Preamp VS Germanium Preamp
15:00 Always-on and clean-up
16:50 Temperature control fuzz design
21:20 Stonk Box with thermal control
26:10 Eb fuzz baby!
28:10 Today’s amp settings - Noel’s Knobs
29:15 Benson Delay
40:30 Changing the waveform and tap divisions
44:30 Benson studio world
48:50 Beach Boys Surf’s Up Spring Reverb
52:43 Nothing sounds like a proper spring
55:00 Florist modulated slapback
56:00 Chris & The TomatoTone
1:04:00 Chris’s amps?


Guitars in today’s show
• 1962 Gibson Les Paul (SG) - no video yet

• Fender Custom Shop ’52 Heavy Relic Telecaster - Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfLs2rAWYEU&t=0s&ab_channel=ThatPedalShow

• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster - Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnQ4OIJFTgY&t=0s&ab_channel=ThatPedalShow

• 1961 Fender Stratocaster - Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOMHUQeHGRQ&t=0s&ab_channel=ThatPedalShow

• 1970 Fender Stratocaster - video as above

Amps in today’s show
Benson Bellringer 1x12 combo with Benson Custom Ceramic 12-inch speaker
USA: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/NkM6O1

Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb with stock speaker
UK & Europe: https://bit.ly/2G9OnFJ
USA: https://sweetwater.sjv.io/B0JXex

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