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February 24, 2014

Farewell my dearest friend...

Farewell my friend for now you rest
our time has come to a close.
The years we spent together
forever I will hold.
You always stared in wonder
at the world beyond the glass.
And even when you faltered
you did it with grace and class.
You were playful in the silliest ways
even when you'd grown.
And you filled me with a glowing warmth
that I had never known.
Always there beside me
through the good times, and the bad.
You even sat there lovingly
as I became a dad.
Teacher and protector
a role you did in kind.
And shared a love that he will carry
till the end of time.
A journey now that you begin
that leaves my heart in shards.
I will be with you again my friend
out amongst the stars.

Farewell my dearest friend, and Godspeed.
"Dude" 1998?-2014


I'll be in my shop crying for the next few days.
Steve G.

November 28, 2013

Happy Turkey Day Coma...

For those who celebrate it, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Turkey Day (and the ensuing coma that is sure to follow).

To Family, Friends, and disturbingly large triptophan binges.

Hope you all have a great day,
Steve G.

September 20, 2013

Pedal Name Change...


Hey all,
I know, I know long time no talk to, more on that later.

Anyway, a while back I promised a pedal that we would be letting out of the cage at the 2013 DIGF called the "Quiver Machinate". Well we brought it and let lots of people play with it. It became quite the darling of our booth when we told people we weren't really sure how to classify the effect. Lots of people wanted to try it and see what they thought, and after lots of strumming we had a pretty decent answer.

It has officially been dubbed a "Warmth Pedal".

Players loved the way they could dial in low frequencies and boost them with a very subtle shimmer effect. They would click the stomp switch back and forth and just slowly strum chords. It was exciting to watch a lot of the players close their eyes and lean ever so slightly forward as the effect hit them like a warm breeze on a cool autumn night. And the more they played the more they were able to coax out of the little copper box at their feet.

This left us with a problem, the name "Quiver Machinate" just didn't fit, and most people agreed.

So it has officially been renamed the "Ember Machinate".

Same great sound. More fitting name.

And it is coming soon to our pedal selection.







Talk to ya soon,
Steve G.

June 11, 2013

Pleasant Surprise...

I posted this to Facebook yesterday, but I'm gonna put it up here as well.

Blake Wright of "Gearphoria" fame shot me an email letting me know about a writeup of CopperGear in their latest issue of Gearphoria (Vol.1 No.4 pg.52).

After I picked my jaw up off the floor from the unexpectedness of this news, I jumped on here to share it with you.


http://www.gearphoria.com/e-mag/v1n4/#52

May 28, 2013

We Just Made It Easier For You...

Just wanted to let everyone know that you are now able to use Paypal's "Bill Me Later" service when you purchase through our website.

What does that mean for you?
It means you could get 6 months financing on orders of $99 or more when you pay using Bill Me Later (subject to credit approval of course) even on custom orders.

So click on the image below for more info. We're always trying to make it easier to get the gear you crave.



May 15, 2013

Stentorian Regulator

Stentorian Regulator Custom Shop Combo Amp


The ubiquitous combo amp, has taken many forms over the years. From tiny little night stand cubes to monstrous towers of ear shattering delight. There's practically one available for every occasion.


So in true CopperGear fashion we designed the Stentorian Regulator to be more than just another combo amp. Based around the Stentorian Standard 2x12 cab the SR was designed to be a real working man's combo.
We love the look of the tubes and the hardware usually kept hidden away inside most amps, but there has always been a fear with exposed hardware (usually as a head unit) of easily damaging it while gigging. Be it from knocking it off the speaker cab, mishandling, or any other number of reasons. So we mounted the head unit to the underside of the top panel. This flip-top configuration is not only meant to help protect the amp components (i.e. knobs, switches, transformers, and tubes) when closed, but to show them off in all of their gear head glory when fully opened and ready to play.


And just like our Stentorian Standard 2x12 cab the SR is set on wheels with an easy move handle built into the top for when your ready to hit the road. The flip-top design also means that when closed you can place a different head unit on top and still utilize the SR as a 2x12 cab. The cabinet is made of 3/4" solid wood thru and thru. No MDF or plywood here. Featuring a stacked speaker arrangement with 2x12" speakers of your choosing or use our standard configuration with 2 Jensen JCH 12/70's 8ohm (U.S. version is the Jensen MOD12-70) can be setup for either 4 or 16 ohm. The speakers themselves are reassessed 5" inside the cab. Due to the reassessed speakers the cabinet projects sound with a surprising amount of force and directionality.


As for the amp. We can incorporate one of your choosing (if it's possible) or pick from one of the standard models we use in house. We can customize the standard models with different tone stacks and pre-amp configurations to suit your needs.

Standard Models Include:

    5 Watt, 1 Channel, Class A Power Amp
    12AX7 Pre-amp, EL84 Output
    Bass, Treble, and Volume Controls
Or
    60 Watt, 1 Channel, Class AB Push/Pull Power Amp
    12AX7 Pre-amp, 12AT7 Phase Inverter, and a matched pair of EL34's or 6L6GC's Output
    Bass, Treble, and Volume Controls

And that's just the beginning.


Just about every gigging musician with an open back combo or cab tosses their guitar cables in the bottom of the cabinet. Which in itself is a great way to utilize space, and not leave your favorite cable coiled up on a dark stage never to be seen again.
We loved that idea so much we took it one step further. On the inside of the SR we can install hooks or velcro straps to keep all your cables safe, tidy, and ready to go at a moments notice. We can even build a felt lined lockable drawer/box into the bottom to store whatever miscellaneous whatnots you may desire.

Tired of not having enough power outlets for all your gear on stage or wherever you may be. Have us install a shielded power strip or power conditioner in the bottom of the SR and never worry about it again. Power the SR, your pedal board, or even a M.A.D. Box ;)

Don't want to lug around or trip over a guitar stand while jamming. Then let us install a guitar hanger on one or both sides of the SR to keep your guitar(s) close at hand and out of the way. Safe and ready for when you need them.

We can even make an extra large version to accommodate for larger amps or more storage.


Got your own idea? Then let us know. That's what our Custom Shop is for.

For more info including ordering just Contact Us and we can start building yours today.


Stentorian Standard

Stentorian Standard 2x12 Cab

Stentorian: sten·to·ri·an [sten-tawr-ee-uhn, -tohr-]
adjective
very loud or powerful in sound


For the 2013 Dallas International Guitar Festival CopperGear needed a speaker cab to use with a small amp head for pedal demo purposes in our booth. Thus the Custom Shop Stentorian Standard was born. Our unconventional take on a 2x12" cab was so well received at the DIGF we are making the design a custom shop staple.


The cabinet itself is made of 3/4" solid wood thru and thru. No MDF or plywood here. It stands 3' 6" tall (w/wheels), 18" wide, and 16" deep.
Featuring a stacked speaker arrangement with 2x12" Jensen JCH 12/70's 8ohm (U.S. version is the Jensen MOD12-70) can be run in either 4 or 16ohm configuration. The speakers themselves are reassessed 5" inside the cab. Due to the reassessed speakers the cabinet projects sound with a surprising amount of force and directionality.


The cabinet sits on two sets of wheels. In the back are 2x2" fixed wheels, and 2x2" caster wheels in the front. Allowing easy mobility on stage or in the studio. On the top of the cabinet we built an easy grip handle right into the wood. So getting the cabinet where you want it is as easy as grab, tilt backwards, and go. No more dead arm from lugging those other 2x12 cabs around.


The pictured gold diamond is a simple wood frame covered in shear gold fabric. It's fixed 2" from the speaker fronts, and serves to add a touch of class as well as protection.

The finish shown on this piece is a black rubberized spray coating.

And all of this is just the beginning.



Since this is a custom shop piece it means it can be customized.
Want more than a 2x12"? How about a 4x12". Or insanity at its finest with a 6x12" or 8x12".
Or get 2 2x12" cabs and run stereo.
Ever thought of a 2x12" on the top with a 15" bass on the bottom so a guitarist and bassist can share the same cab?

How about a Black or white rubberized finish. Stained, natural, or laminate wood finishes.
Or we could even wrap it in brocade iridescent red metallic paisley fabric.
We can go as subtle or as off the wall weird as you desire.

Let us install hooks to keep your cables organized and close at hand.
Or even a felt lined box/drawer for miscellaneous things.

We can even install a guitar hook so you wont have to lug around or trip over a guitar stand.
When we say custom we mean it.

So many patrons of the 2013 DIGF were so shockingly pleased by the clarity, power, and functionality of its design we just could not, in good conscience, keep it to ourselves. And what we wound up with is a very unconventional cab, in a class all its own.

For more info including ordering just Contact Us and we can start building yours today.


May 13, 2013

Holy Crap... New Stuff On The Way!

Yes, I have been absent here since the 2013 DIGF ended, but it was for a very good reason.

New stuff.

That's right new gear. And quite a bit of it.

I have to finish taking pictures of the piece that started this flurry of new gear, but as soon as I do the gates will be opened. Most of it is going to be Custom Shop stuff. Which means customization to your hearts content.

And that brings me to another point. Up until now we have kept the Custom Shop thing fairly low key, but not any more. We started out building custom gear, and honestly we lost sight of that. Custom gear is our life blood, and we are getting back to our roots. As you will see soon enough.

Have fun till then,
Steve G.


April 21, 2013

Day 3: It's a Wrap...


Amazing Texas rock today. All freakin day. Words cannot describe.

And I ran across this booth today while wandering around called Idell Guitars. Sweet mother of god these pictures don't do them justice, but these handmade guitars are simply stunning. One of them had a core made from California giant redwood. One had a real alligator top. And I believe the super kind gentleman standing in the booth said gum tree wood as well as many others. But my god they were gorgeous. 



 Well that's it for this edition of DIGF 2013. Thanks to everyone that stopped by. It was fantastic seeing you all. I'm going to go curl up and recuperate now.

Catch Ya,
Steve G.