Watch the moment John Mayer’s Dumble Overdrive Special breaks mid-song – and gets replaced with another Dumble

John Mayer
(Image credit: Justin Jeske/YouTube)

It's perhaps a performing guitarist’s worst nightmare: to be mid-song in front of a live audience, gearing up to launch into some fretboard fireworks on your electric guitar, only to find your guitar amp has completely packed it in. Kaput. Dead. Finished.

For amateurs and semi-pros, the ensuing response would probably be something similar. A few stressful moments of shock, followed by some frantic, last-ditch attempt to salvage your sound from the jaws of defeat.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.