Saturday, July 16, 2016

The BENSON Rattler Pro Combo Amp

Here is one for you. A Benson Rattler Pro combo amp.  It appears to be wired for 220 or so for the European market. It was a recent local Flea Market find.  I just couldn't pass it up for a few reasons. One was that I couldn't find and any information on it.  Another, was that it was cheap.

  

Cool Factors:
  • Not sure if there are any
  • This could be a hidden GEM and the only one in the USA?
  • Makes for a good story (add in USA Benson info mentioned below).
  • Might sound very Euro and interesting if wired or converted to USA voltage? 
  • 1 x 10 closed back cabinet.
  • It's inexpensive....
  


I know what your thinking, maybe it's related to one of the other USA made Benson amplifier families? Like the badass Benson Amps of Portland, OR or the vintage Benson Electronics company from the 60's. I'm not sure if there is a relation of the two or not.

I've got a feeling The Rattler Pro is probably not related to either Benson from the USA.  It is an overseas model, made cheaply in Indonesia.  The namesake is most likely random or not protected overseas legally.



 Benson Amps USA


  

The current Benson in Portland, OR builds high quality and cool looking low wattage guitar and bass amps.  As well as a killer looking Spring Reverb Tank.  Everything they make looks very interesting to say the least.  I'll take one of each please!





  



The vintage BENSON ELECTRONICS amps were made during the 60's and 70's By Ron Benson.  A session studio player with a flair for building amps.  Apparently, the company only produced 2000 amps.  






One is to of been seen off-stage during Elvis's '68 Comeback Special.  You know the one with the Hagrstom Viking and the leather?  





Ron Benson is still alive and kicking and has recorded a CD.  Here is a link to a great article about the him and the history of the amps.  





In the end I think I'll tweak the Euro Benson.  Maybe it will have a unique tone after the conversion.  Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

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