James W. Brown (electrical engineer)

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CitizenshipUnited States Of America
EducationB. Tech ( Electrical engineering )
Years active1986 - present

James Warren Brown, Sr. (born 1961) is an Electrical Engineer who has been active in the music industry since 1986.

Working at Peavey Electronics from 1986 to 2004, he designed many notable amplifiers including the Peavey 5150 amplifier for Eddie Van Halen[1][2] and the JSX for Joe Satriani.[3][2]

Brown worked as Chief Engineer for Kustom Amplification from 2004 to 2011,[4] then started Amptweaker in 2009 and spent 10 years working on his own guitar effects pedals before selling the Amptweaker brand to Alpha Distributing in 2020.[5][6] Brown currently works for Fender Musical Instruments Corporation on the EVH Brand.[5]


  1. Flaherty, Michael (November 18, 2015). "A Brief History of Peavey Amplifiers: A Legacy of Quality and Affordability". reverb.com. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Renowned Amp Builder James Brown Starts Amptweaker, Solicits Musician Input". premierguitar.com. October 13, 2009. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  3. Buddingh, Terry (April 30, 2004). "Peavey JSX Joe Satriani Signature Amp". Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  4. Johnson, Marc (November 25, 2010). "The Godfather of Modern Amplification: TTK takes a look at James Brown and AmpTweaker". thetoneking.com. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Berk, Brian (January 9, 2020). "Alpha Distribution Acquires Amptweaker". msretailer.com. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  6. "Amptweaker: About Us". Retrieved March 2, 2020.

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