About us


Our story begins with Jim Bird asking Peter Hamstead to replicate an old guitar amplifier. It had been modified over the years, and despite being a mess of tacked on parts, it sounded truly amazing. Looking at whether he could replicate it, Peter soon found that he could better it. Starting with a clean sheet, a new amplifier was born which, after spending many hours in research and devlopment culminated in our first amplifier, the Artist 20+RT.

Since our launch in 2012 we have built an ever growing family of artists and partners that we are very proud to be working with. Today we continute to build upon this, reaching further, creating new products designed to inspire and serve a you well for a lifetime.


We like to do things differently. We believe that each product is best designed starting with a clean sheet, drawing upon the construction and circuit techniques that achieve the best results - even if it means going against the status quo. This all makes for a better amplifier, and more and more players agree with us every day.

All of our products are designed and hand built at our workshop in South Cambridgeshire, England. We make no compromise in durability and tone, using high quality components, parts and materials.


Electronic design and engineering is led by Peter. He brings a fresh approach to amplifier design, having a background in avionics and radar, as well as many years in electronic design and development. His varied career boasts an impressive CV with projects ranging from Sony Centre audio switiching systems to non-destructive testing equipment for the supersonic airliner, Concorde.

The rest of the team consists of James, Tommy, Ben, Jim & Tim.

Hamstead Artist 20 Chassis in final assembly
Peter Hamstead at Abbey Road Studios
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