A RARE AND QUITE DESIRABLE MATCHLESS AMP COLLECTION …
1992 MARK SAMPSON-ERA MATCHLESS HANDWIRED
AMP COLLECTION FROM GREG JENNINGS OF RESTLESS HEART
ALL WORK & MODIFICATIONS
DONE BY SAMPSON AND
PARTNER CHRIS PERROTTA IN 1992
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Restless Heart and original, long-time lead guitarist Greg Jennings have been together since 1984, and during those 28 years the band has released a total of seven studio albums, two greatest hits albums, and a live album which is only available on their website. Their second through fifth albums are all certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of American (RIAA), and a whopping 26 of their singles have entered the Billboard country charts, including six of them that made it all the way to No. 1.
Two more of the band’s singles were released to the Adult Contemporary market, with the highest peaking of those two yielding yet another No. 1 hit in 1993 – a collaboration with saxophonist Warren Hill titled, “Tell Me What You Dream.”
However, the band’s greatest crossover hit with country and pop music fans was the single “When She Cries”, which was released in late 1992.
Throughout the majority of his studio recording career, Jennings relied on one amplifier – a handwired Matchless C30 that was custom-built for him by Matchless while Mark Sampson and Chris Perrotta were at the helm of the Matchless research and development team.
This C30 started its life as a 212 combo amplifier with maroon tolex that was purchased at Nashville’s Corner Music in the early 1990s. However, wanting to diversify his tonal options, Jennings had Matchless – through Corner Music – remove the C30 chassis and reinstall the chassis alone into a Matchless head cabinet with green tolex. He then had Matchless – again, through Corner Music – make him a 212 speaker cabinet, and a matching 410 cabinet, both in green tolex to match the green tolex of the head cabinet. All of the cabinets were outfitted with original Matchless Special Design Signature Series speakers that were made by Celestion. They all function flawlessly and sound absolutely incredible.
Jennings NEVER took this rig on the road. It was used strictly for studio use, and – according to Jennings – has “maybe” 100 total hours of playing time. When you look at the entire setup, you’ll see that it’s in near pristine condition, with only a few very minor spots on the tolex.
The amp itself still has the original tubes! Nothing has ever been touched on this amp. And if you know how anal Mark Sampson and Chris Perrotta were about “ear biasing” their amps before they left Matchless, then you know just how special this Matchless amp collection really is.
Included in this auction are: the original maroon C30 combo shell with the original clear plastic handle; the C30 chassis in the Matchless head cabinet with green tolex; a matching Matchless 212 speaker cabinet with matching green tolex; and a matching Matchless 410 speaker cabinet also with matching green tolex. Additionally, the head and 212 cabinet both come with heavy duty road cases.
You will NOT find another Matchless amplifier from this era in this condition … PERIOD!!! And this one was owned and used by Greg Jennings from Restless Hearts on countless recordings! He loved it so much that he refused to take it on the road with him. But now it’s time for the amp to find a new home.
The tone that comes from this amp is NOTHING short of incredible, whether you're hooked up to the 212 cab or the 410 cab. There simply is not a better sounding amp in our showroom, on the market today, or in any Nashville studio, etc. This amp is everything it’s supposed to be, and then some. You won’t believe your ears.
This amp collection and matching speaker cabinets will not be separated so please be kind and considerate and don’t ask because it just won’t happen. Everything sells together, and simply put, you really wouldn’t want it any other way. All of these components belong together, and they will stay that way.