Hey, hi. My name is Bryant Howe and I'm the designer/builder/owner/email returner/box shipper/social media manager/coffee getter/floor sweeper of Studious Amplifiers. In short, it's just me here.
I’ve been involved with amplifiers for a while now. Back in the day I used to modify old tube stereo receivers into guitar and instrument amplifiers for use in bands and noise projects I was playing in. This was San Francisco, around 2007. After a little while people started becoming interested in the amps and asking if I could build them their own or help improve/mod/fix their old tube amplifiers. So I did. Not for money or as a business or anything, just because I found it interesting and really loved helping people get excited about their sound.
Around 2009 I moved to Chicago and was randomly put in touch with the guys at Emperor Custom Cabinets here in the city. I liked what they were doing so I started designing/building unique, high gain, high wattage circuits with them. The amps were well received; Weezer, The Melvins, The Jesus Lizard and Jeff the Brotherhood among others have used them on tour and in recordings. Around 2013 I felt like doing something a little more in-line with my personal tastes, so I started thinking about Studious Amplifiers.
I know it's cliche', but I wanted Studious to be unique. Something that reflects what I value but lacking in the world of "rock 'n roll" amplifiers. I wanted the amps to be intelligent, classy, sophisticated, genuine, high quality, simple yet clever all while maintaining an edge and character of their own. Those might be somewhat unusual words to describe a guitar amplifier but I'm OK with that. These are not clones, I'm not trying to recreate sounds from over 50 years ago. I use high quality components, unique circuit layouts and designs that keep the signal as pure as possible and unwanted noise below hi-fi standards. Every decision was made for a reason and every step of production is done with a purpose (psssst - that's the alternate definition of "studious").
Thanks for stopping in, I truly appreciate your interest in Studious.