Press Release: What happens when Ferrari and Lamborghini collaborate on a new sports car? You get the 327SD. In what may be unprecedented in the MI Industry, two custom amplifier manufacturers, Diamond Amplification (headed by Jeff Diamant) and Soldano Custom Amplification (headed by Mike Soldano), who are theoretically competitive in the marketplace, co-designed a high-end, USA-made guitar amplifier.
The 327SD is a truly collaborative product, starting with the name. Soldano (a notorious hot-rod lover and builder) penned the 327 portion of the name in honor of his favorite hot-rod engine. “SD” is a simple moniker for Soldano-Diamond. The amp itself is no less collaborative. The 327SD starts with Diamond’s tried-and-true, and very road-tested platform, along with their heralded clean channel. The output section of the amp switches from Diamond’s usual EL34 platform to Soldano’s traditional 5881 platform. Channel 2 (the gain channel) was a completely mutually developed channel. According to Jeff Diamant, “We wanted to do something in between Mike’s voicing and ours, which are both similar in ways, but both have very different, yet complimentary, tonal properties.” Diamant continued, “It needed to be related to the legendary SLO100, but with a modern thing happening too.” The circuit design of channel 2 was developed jointly by Diamant and Soldano.
“I was really intrigued about the idea of collaborating with Diamond on something. After nearly 3 decades of designing and building amps, I thought it would be great to have some fresh input and a fresh approach,” said Soldano. “If I was going to do something collaborative, I would only do it at this point with someone that does high-end, USA-Made product and does it well. Jeff came highly recommended and Diamond has a great reputation for modern and high gain voicings, so it seemed like a great fit, a great idea, and it was a lot of fun,” Soldano stated.
According to Jeff Diamant, “I was thrilled to work with Mike on this. A lot of what we do is inspired by him to begin with so the opportunity for me to work with him was a bit like a musician getting to record with his personal guitar hero.” Diamant continued, “Mike’s SLO100 is genuinely iconic. What we wanted to do was to preserve its overall feel and what’s great about it, but modernize it a bit. The result is harmonically rich, full, and a flavor I haven’t experienced before. It responds.” And according to both Diamant and Soldano, both are “very happy with the result.” And the build is nothing short of top-quality.
The 327SD has 2 independent channels (clean and crunch), each with their own tone controls. Master Volume and dialable “Deep” knob allow for even more tone alteration. Channel 2’s A/B control gives two voicing options, traditional to the Diamond line, and has a tube buffered effects loop. Black tolex covering and wrapped faceplate with US muscle car inspired silver racing stripes, metallic silver chassis, chrome accents and even a tachometer-inspired control set create distinctive hot-rod look. Powered by 4 x 5881’s and 6 x 12AX7’s, the 327SD boasts at least 100 watts of pure vacuum tube power. The 327SD will be a limited production run, with even a more limited version with silver tolex with black tolex racing stripes.
On display at The NAMM Show in Diamond’s Booth (Hall D, Booth 3290), the 327SD can be purchased through Diamond Amplification.
About Diamond Amplification and the Diamond Family of Companies:
Diamond Amplification, Inc., http://www.diamondamps.com, considered one of the premier amplifier manufacturers in the world. Diamond Amplification is relied upon on stage and in the studio by Gold and Platinum-selling recording artists, including, but not limited to: Zoltan Bathory (Five Finger Death Punch), Tim Mahoney (311), Sully Erna and Tony Rombola (Godsmack), Jason Krause (Kid Rock), and John Corabi to name just a few. Jeff Diamant (the President and CEO) is also responsible for Diamond Guitars, http://www.guitarsbydiamond.com, considered one of the fastest growing and most sought-after guitar brands in the industry and Diamond Tactical, http://www.diamondtactical.net, which manufactures the world’s only MOLLE System guitar and pedal board gig bags and accessory pouches allowing musicians to customize their guitar, bass or pedal board case to fit their specific needs as well as military and tactical gear.
About Soldano Custom Amplification:
Soldano Custom Amplification, http://www.soldano.com, is one of the most respected guitar amplifier manufacturers in the industry for nearly 30 years. Responsible for such historically significant products as the SLO100, the Surf Box, the X88 Preamp and the Hot Rod, Soldano has provided amplifiers for some of the most legendary guitar players in the industry including Eddie Van Halen, Warren Haynes, Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Lynch and many others.