Joe Golden is a new acquaintance of mine that I'm really excited to feature on the blog. Most who know me know that I'm constantly buying and selling music gear, more specifically guitar amps/pedals. I've owned probably 20-30 different amps over the years, but recently I found myself wanting to completely start over. So, I reluctantly sold my Kemper Profiler and went on the search for something new. There's never been more boutique amp/pedal/guitar builders out there, which is really cool to see. Unfortunately, most of it is impossible to find locally to try out. You end up relying heavily on audio/video clips, or simply word of mouth. In fact, I probably have purchased 90% of my music equipment without ever having tried it out first.
Once I began my search for a new sound, I knew I wanted to find something original. There's so many things out there being made in mass quantities, and I wanted to find something that not everyone had. After a few days of searching online, I came across Joe's "Golden Amps" online store. I looked at a few of his amps, and something in my brain immediately said "this is what you're going to get."
I started messaging Joe with question after question, and he was kind enough to answer all of them without a hint of impatience. After Joe helped put me at ease, I ordered two different small-batch amplifiers from him, and I love them. They're simple, sound great, are built extremely well, and they're beautiful. He even went out of his way to have a local Ohio artist contribute some beautiful pewter castings to give each amp a touch of class.
Joe is a really fascinating guy, and if you're in the market for high-quality audio components, he'd be a great person to talk to. Even if you don't really care much for guitar equipment, it's always inspiring to see someone that loves what they're doing, and takes great pride in their work. We can all learn something from that.
I'd like to introduce you to Joe Golden.
Q: Summarize your life and who you are in a couple of sentences:
I’m a musician, tinkerer, teacher, and inventor in Akron, OH.
Q: Where are you from, and how has it shaped you?
I am from Wadsworth, Ohio. A suburb near Akron, about 45 minutes south of Cleveland. I was enrolled in a catholic school 1st -8th grade where we had little art or music classes. This fueled my independence in those fields and equated to a true desire to educate myself.
Q: Where do you currently live?
I currently live in Barberton, Ohio. About 20 minutes southwest of Akron.
Q: What do you do for a living?
I am a musician for hire, and a circuit builder at EarthQuaker Devices effects pedal company.
Q: If money wasn’t an issue, what would you be doing?
I would be doing the exact same thing I do currently.
Q: What are some things that inspire/motivate you?
Music and all things audio. Recording, production, and design.
Q: What frustrations/struggles do you find yourself dealing with regularly?
I always teeter on the brink of financial implosion. It doesn’t always pay great to do what you love. I rely on like-minded people, who believe in what I believe to lift me up when things are thin.
Q: Tell me about a defining moment you’ve had at some point in your life.
I have been able to tour and play music with a lot of amazing people that have cultivated my passion and understanding of my field.
Q: What are some of your goals for the next 10 years?
To produce some top quality gear and possibly lift an Audio Products company off the ground. Further things in my relationship with my gal, and help her cultivate the life of her daughter.
Tell me about some of your favorite things and why? (art, books, music, activities, etc.)
I love food, of all types. Mostly Tacos though. I mainly read non-fiction and technical documents. I love all styles of music from Bach to Weezer.
Anything you want to promote or advertise?
The fine pedals at EarthQuaker Devices and my own skills as a designer, musician, and builder.