Topic: van Weelden Amps

I've senn Joe in Hannover on 23th of February 2007. It was the 6 th time I saw him. He playes Marshall, one van Weelden modified Marshall and one van Weelden amp. His sound always was breathtaking anyway, but this time the amp had a very clean tone with much attack and an neverending gain.
Last year in hamburg I had the chance to change some wors with Joe an I was asking some things about his tone. He said "I hate amps, it's all in the guitar". Meanwhile I know it better - it's all in Joe!

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The New amp is a Van Weelden "Twinkleland" its a wonderful amp that has a extrodonary clean and clear attack with enough gain to do the solos.. Its unlike anything Ive played.. Its basically a Dumble overdrive special with a few tweeks along the way.. They are build by hand by Peter Van Weelden one at a time.. Mine is #10.   Joe Bonamassa

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Joe Bonamassa wrote:

The New amp is a Van Weelden "Twinkleland" its a wonderful amp that has a extrodonary clean and clear attack with enough gain to do the solos.. Its unlike anything Ive played.. Its basically a Dumble overdrive special with a few tweeks along the way.. They are build by hand by Peter Van Weelden one at a time.. Mine is #10.   Joe Bonamassa

So Joe... will you be bringing one back to the US sometime soon?  I can't wait to hear it... how'd you find out about them?

Scott

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Hi Joe,

congratulations on getting your Twinkleland, Twinklelator and Van Weelden speakercabinet.
I've had my Twinkleland for 4 years now and mine's #5.
Indeed, the best amp out there.
I also use the Twinklelator, Van Weelden 2x12 speakercabinet and even the Gainland by Van Weelden for my classic "brown"rock sound.
For all you guys out there who are in control over their instrument and love a real guitarsound, check out the high quality products of Van Weelden Amplification!
You could also read my "Twinkleland-review" I posted on Harmony Central.
Joe, I wish you lot's of fun with your Twinkleland!

Regards,
Richard

ps Joe, try experimenting with your left volume knob.
It has an effect on the amount of gain when using the gainchannel and also affects the amount of brightness of your clean sound.

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RichardKrijnen wrote:

Hi Joe,

I've had my Twinkleland for 4 years now and mine's #5.

For all you guys out there who are in control over their instrument and love a real guitarsound, check out the high quality products of Van Weelden Amplification!
.

Well, if you got yours 4 years ago....and it is #5
and Joes is #10...

...........any day now..........an

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Hi everyone an Joe,

It's is nice Joe that, after meeting you together with Peter van Weelden in Amsterdam September last year, you know play on this magnificent sounding and musical amp. As we discussed, this one needs a lot of craftmanship from both builder and musician.

I am honoured that "number 8" had a small contribution in this, during my holliday!!

Ruud

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Hi Joe & Twinkleland fans,

I own a very early Twinkleland housed in a Fender Dual Showman chassis. It's got a built in effectsloop that works like the Twinklelator. I use a Fender style tuned 2x12" cab loaded with EV12L's and a Matchless 2x12" cab for low power gigs.

The amp sounds and plays magnificent. It's got an amazing clean attack, a beautiful (not harsh sounding) overdrive and the amp is VERY, VERY dynamic. It is like there is a overal tonal shift that harmonizes beautiful in the band. It's not in the way of any other instrument. The amp compliments the other instuments. Never had that before!

In the past I always was restricted by the limitations of the amps I was using. Those days are over now. Total musical freedom. It's like playing my electric guitar acoustically.

Peter van Weelden truly is a amp masterbuilder!

Peter, thanks for creating these amps. Joe, thanks for making them sound so beautiful.

Jorgen

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Does anyone know what shows Joe played the Van Weelden #10 amp?

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That's gonna be a hard one to answer.
Any one particular amp number.

If anyone would know would be CindyRon, but haven't seen him on the forum in a long time.

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Anyone know anything about the Van Weelden for sale on Reverb that belonged to Joe?

11 (edited by Jane H. 2021-03-19 21:08:50)

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welcome to the forum...
I am no gear expert but I did a search here on the forum for " van weelden"
you can go through and maybe get some info
you might have to go to the thread these search hits started from to get more context
https://forum.jbonamassa.com/search.php … d=42558111



just skimming through i think he had a Twinkleland at his first Royal Albert Hall show 2009
he got the #10 in 2007....but I think he acquired at least one more after? a red one?
he used to keep it in Europe with his Europe rig but i saw another thread that said it was coming over to the states i think?
but not many mentions specifically of #10 other than when he first got it
there was a couple mentions of specific shows but no list


and here is a search for Van Weelden in posts Joe made...which will come up in the previous link as well
https://forum.jbonamassa.com/search.php … 1598270434

i'll reach out to cindyron (Ron Connatser) and see if he has more specifics for you

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Thank you for the post.

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you are welcome. I just checked my links...doesn't seem to have worked. if you go to the search, then click advanced search to the right, you can search for Joe's posts specifically by putting Joe Bonamassa in the authors name part

you get more from the search just for van Weelden  keywords but its not all relevant

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I was hoping Joe would comment on the Van Weelden posted on Reverb that he sold.  What shows it was used for?  Any other interesting facts about it.

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Joe hasn't posted here for years.
Sometimes he answers stuff on instagram

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Sorry.  I was not aware of that fact.  Thank you.

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not a problem but hey that doesn't mean you can't hang around!!!!
we are always interested in hearing other fan's Joe experiences, etc.

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Jane H. wrote:

not a problem but hey that doesn't mean you can't hang around!!!!
we are always interested in hearing other fan's Joe experiences, etc.

Hi Jane

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