GRAMMY Award Winning Christian Artist Al Perkins

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“I’m happy to have been the inspiration behind the new (Risson) AP40 model,” said Al Perkins, a Grammy-award winning country and Christian music artist. “Its power, tone and size are exactly what I’ve needed for my lap steel and guitar performances.”

Award-winning Christian guitarist/producer Al Perkins will be unveiling the new Marvell AP40 Tube Amplifier by Risson as part of his performance during the annual Night of Worship at NAMM on Thursday, January 24.

Al Perkins

Al Perkins

The NAMM Show is one of the largest music product trade shows in the world, founded in 1901. It is held every January in Anaheim, California, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Its only major competitor is the Musik Messe in Frankfurt.

A news release from Risson says, “In designing the Risson Marvell AP40 Tube Amplifier, master engineer Bob Rissi was inspired by Perkins who is renowned for his prolific steel and electric guitar performances.

“Rissi has reintroduced his Marvell line of Risson Tube Amplifiers that he first launched in the 1970s. The surprisingly compact and light-weight Risson Marvells are hand-crafted using mostly American-made, NOS (new old stock) vintage parts.”

Perkins will be using the Marvell AP40 during the Night of Worship performance that will begin at 7 p.m. in the Pacific Ballroom at the Hilton Hotel, adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center.

“I’m happy to have been the inspiration behind the new (Risson) AP40 model,” said Al Perkins, a Grammy-award winning country and Christian music artist. “Its power, tone and size are exactly what I’ve needed for my lap steel and guitar performances.”

Like the other models in the Marvell line, the new Marvell AP40 utilizes triode vacuum tubes to produce a legendary, vintage sound reminiscent of amps built in the ‘60s and early ‘70s. Specifically, the AP40 model utilizes a 12AX7 tube that allows for higher frequencies, in conjunction with two high power 6550 tubes that deliver warm, pure amplification.

“When I listen to Al (Perkins) play, he embodies a classic sound made famous by the guitarists of the greatest rock era, and I wanted to build an amp that could match that talent note for note,” said Rissi, who was first hired and mentored by Leo Fender.

“In the ‘60s, tubes produced a sound that would become synonymous with rock and roll, before the advent of the semiconductor. It is my hope that Risson Tube Amplifiers will keep classic, vintage sound production alive through quality parts and hand craftsmanship.”

The news release went on to say that the AP40 is designed for a bigger, fuller sound for a musician looking to fill larger venues. The vintage-sounding Risson Marvel amplifiers can provide a big, full sound both in a club and at a studio recording level. It can deliver an uncompromised, rich and full “British heavy” crunch, or deliver a lead at a peak studio level. Its unique design allows overdrive at a low level for that wide open ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s heavy rock sound, yet it performs just as well for the new sustained country rock sound. It can also be set for a clean and warm guitar performance.

Rissi was a pioneer of classic Fender and Rickenbacker amplifiers in the ‘60s and early ‘70s before launching Risson. Artists like Ricky Nelson, Glen Campbell, the Eagles, Slash, and Motley Crue were among the fans of the early Risson Tube Amplifiers. Working with Fender off-and-on through the ‘60s, he championed the tube amp before joining Rickenbacker. While at Rickenbacker he created the legendary Transonic Series – solid state amplifiers designed with characteristics of a tube amp.

Musicians like Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Steppenwolf had legendary recordings and performances with the Rickenbacker Transonic, but the iconic trapezoid cabinet was famously costly. Risson Tube Amplifiers was born from Bob Rissi’s personal quest to manufacture a professional amp that more people could afford, and yet deliver a better sound.

Note: NAMM comes from the acronym “National Association of Music Merchants,” but the long form of the name is no longer used.

For more information please contact Chris Perez at: (951) 532-5321

Dan Wooding, 72, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 46 years. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). He was, for ten years, a commentator, on the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC., and now hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on KWVE in Southern California and which is also carried on the Calvary Radio Network throughout the United States. The program is also aired in Great Britain on Calvary Chapel Radio UK. Wooding also a regular contributor to The Weekend Stand on the Crawford Broadcasting Network, and a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 192 countries. He is the author of some 43 books. Two of the latest include his autobiography, “From Tabloid to Truth”, which is published by Theatron Books. To order a copy, press this link. Wooding, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, also recently released “God’s Ambassadors in Japan” which is available at

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