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A 1995 Dumble Overdrive Special, valued at $175,000, has risen to the top of Reverb.com’s most-watched list

A 1995 Dumble Overdrive Special currently listed on Reverb.com
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Howard Alexander Dumble's hand-crafted boutique guitar amps have long been some of the most prestigious, rare and valuable amps in the world.

Now, in the wake of Dumble's death earlier this month, the already-significant value of his rare creations appears to have skyrocketed, with a 1995 Dumble Overdrive Special vaulting (opens in new tab) to the top of Reverb.com's Most Watched gear list.

Listed (opens in new tab) by Play It Again Music, the '95 Overdrive Special is said to be wholly original, and have only 20 hours of playing time since 2001. Given its rarity, and with, allegedly, so little wear and tear, the amp has been listed for an astonishing $175,000. 

The amp also comes with its original footswitch, said to be a “hard to find” item.

If you don't happen to have $175,000 laying around at this very moment, Play It Again Music is also reportedly (opens in new tab) accepting guitars of equal value as payment for the amp, saying “one or 100, let me know what you have.” Grab your '59 Les Pauls if you've got 'em!

To see the full listing, and more photos of the Overdrive Special, stop by Reverb.com (opens in new tab).

Dumble's recent death prompted a number of tributes from guitarists – Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, Orianthi and Joe Bonamassa among them – who used his amplifiers.

"He inspired me both as a person and a player and he elevated my music with the amps he created for me," Shepherd wrote (opens in new tab) of Dumble. "I will forever cherish our friendship and never forget his example."

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.