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Gary Clark Jr. Plays Unique Amp Based on the Lincoln Continental

To celebrate Lincoln Motor Company's commitment to music for the Grammy Awards, the automaker built a guitar amp. And not just any kind of guitar amp.

Working with amplifier maker Ben Fargen and Jeff Earl of J Designs Speaker Enclosures, Lincoln created a one-of-a-kind powerhouse based on its new flagship Continental, right down to the Revel speakers inside the dual enclosures.

Lincoln then partnered with electric blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., who played and recorded with the amp, shot a commercial with it, and even put on a concert with it.

Safe to say, Clark loved what he heard.

“I’ve been drawn to certain amps for a while,” Clark says. “Crackling, overdriven…you know, speakers just about to bust. It sounds like a hundred-mile-an-hour fastball,” he says of the Lincoln Revel amp. “The collaboration just seemed to all make sense. It’s classic.”

In addition to the Revel speakers, many of the amp’s features echo various design aspects of the Continental itself. The amp sports the car’s distinctive grille and leather seat covering and features controls knobs that recall those found on the vehicle’s sound system.

You can learn more about the making of the amp in the video below titled That’s Continental | A Collaboration in Sound.

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Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.