This 3-day workshop is designed for anyone and all skill levels. Guitar players, audio enthusiasts, woodworkers or anyone who wants to learn the art of tube amp building is welcome! Taught by master luthiers Dale & Tyler Unger with special guest Chris Mittlesteadt. Chris is a master of audio and vacuum tube guitar amplifiers. Our Tweed Deluxe style project is modeled after the later narrow panel models, which were the most popular out of all of the Tweed era amps. This class AB tube amp brings the tonal versatility made famous by its original counterpart. The Tweed Deluxe was known as a wonderful studio amplifier due in part to its ability to cover so much musical territory. Iconic players such as Don Felder, Joe Walsh, Larry Carlton, Neil Young, The Edge, Billy Gibbons, Mike Campbell, Grant Green, Kenny Burrell and countless others have relied on the stellar tone of the 5e3 circuit. For those who love the vintage tone of the 50's, 60's and 70's, this amp build is for you!
Chris Mittlesteadt has spent 40 years intimately involved with the making of music, instruments, equipment, recording, production and hi-fi. Chris’s father was a gigging guitarist and took pride in sharing his joy of music with Chris from a young age. After high school, Chris pursued a major in music performance in college and moved to Hollywood to attend GIT in 1990. While at GIT, he learned much about recording and live production technology as well as music. After GIT, Chris found his way to Nashville where he was fortunate to learn more recording and live production skills from some very gifted people. Every step of the way, Chris was gigging and recording original material and covers with bandmates and friends. Upon meeting his future wife, it became clear that he needed a more “stable” career. Seeing an opportunity, Chris began designing and installing professional audio systems in performance venues. When opportunity knocked in 1999, Chris opened the door and started his own business, Peak Systems Group, Inc. specializing in the design and installation of pro audio, acoustical, video and control systems. Having designed and installed hundreds of installations all over the US, Chris turned his attention to designing audio equipment as a consulting engineer for Sound Devices - the leading brand in field recording and mixing equipment. For nearly 20 years, Chris has enjoyed the art and science of building and repairing audio equipment and specifically, vacuum tube guitar amplifiers. The amp-building hobby began as a way to acquire the amps that created those iconic sounds that Chris had always reached for but it quickly turned into a creative expression of passion. “It feels like building an amp is the perfect combination of elements of my interests and skills - I still get really excited to play the amp for the first time!” “I truly believe that every guitarist should build at least one amp. It gives you such an appreciation for the sound and heritage of guitars and music.” Chris currently lives in rural south-central Wisconsin with his wife, two children and way too many amps! He owns a recording studio where he records and produces projects for outside artists, and continues to design audio and acoustical systems for Peak Systems Group as well as audio equipment for Sound Devices.
“Hi Dale! I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for the training and amazing week spent in your shop! This has been one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had!”
- Robert -
“An excellent course! Dales experience as a luthier is hard to match. The individual attention I received was amazing.”
- William Mattson -
“I just want to drop you a note and thank you for the recent workshop. It’s really one of the best things I’ve ever been a part of. ”
- JZ -