Oxygen amps got its start in September 2008 when Cam and Joe got together and started kicking around the idea of building electric guitar amps. Joe is a player and electronics buff who had built his own amp. Using Joe’s amp as the prototype, they began the build. The amp was originally conceived as a three channel design incorporating a Hi-Watt type clean channel, a Vox cream channel and a Marshall crunch channel. The concept was to build a hand-wired point-to-point tube amp that would deliver unmatched tone using only the best components. To that end they sourced transformers from Mercury Magnetics, speakers from Scumback, capacitors from Sozo along with the best tubes and components available. Nothing but the best went into the amp. But the amp needed to stand out from the “crowd”. Cam decided that it not only needed to sound amazing but that it needed to be unique in its look. It had to be able to stand out in an amp room full of gear. It had to catch your eye and make you want to plug into it and play it. So as a result of dozens of design iterations, the “Thong” look was born. The result was a modern version of a retro-looking design that incorporates a graceful curving aesthetic deco and a two-tone tolex scheme to deliver a visually stunning look. Many players have told us that “It’s a thing of beauty.” So Oxygen Amps was born.
But this was only the start. Cam and Joe decided to part ways and Cam was left to complete the project and bring it to market. A long and winding process resulted in a chance meeting between Cam and Cory Davies. And in 2011 the project was back on track. With his more than 40 years of experience in RF electronics and electric guitar tube amps, Cory took the original concept and modified it extensively to deliver improved sound in a much simpler and more reliable design. Gone was the 3 channel amp in favour of a simpler 2 channel unit. The new amp still delivers three distinct sounding channels through the new design which incorporates a boost function in the clean/crunch channel. Also gone was the complicated switching circuit that just added more components to clutter up the signal path. The result is a quiet amp with bright, clean tones, warm rich cream sounds and a punchy overdrive channel that appeals to a wide range of players and musical genres. Unlike most amps, you can’t even tell when its been turned on. Its that quiet! No feedback, no popping or hissing, no ghost notes, nothing but pure tone!