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It’s bubble bursting time. You’ll almost certainly never play through a genuine Dumble, let alone own one. With fewer than 300 of Alexander ‘Howard’ Dumble’s amplifiers in existence, all custom-built for A-listers and the extremely well-heeled, the Dumble legend is shrouded in myth and mystery.
Happily, in the YouTube age, it’s not difficult to listen to a Dumble in action or indeed hear from the man himself. There are plenty of pedals and amplifiers out there that claim to get close to that sound, but the Fuchs Overdrive Supreme does a better job of nailing it than anything else we’ve heard. It’s expensive but considerably less so than the $30,000 or more you’d have to drop on the real deal.
"Dumble!" (Thanks, PostToastee)
"The best blues amp for me would have to be the Dumble ODS or a Two Rock John Mayer, purely for the touch response. Not the dirtiest of amps but blues is about dynamics and feel." (Thanks, chrisn1)
"Blues is all about expression of emotion and amps don't get much more dynamic and emotive than either a Dumble ODS or a Trainwreck Express. A Dumble would get my vote purely on the greater number of records and artists that have used them." (Thanks, guitargeek62)