Garnet Herzog guitar processor (distortion)

Garnet "Gar" Gilliescirca 1960s

National Music Centre

National Music Centre

Developed by Thomas Garnet “Gar” Gillies—founder of the Garnet Amplifier Company—the Herzog was built in collaboration with The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist, Randy Bachman. A former violin player, Bachman loved the effect of a sustained hum sound, and often tried to mimic it on his guitar by plugging a small amp into a bigger amp—and cranking the volume. After repairing countless blown amps for Bachman, Gillies built him the tube pre-amp seen here. The creamy overdrive and sustained guitar tone produced by the Garnet Herzog went on to become the signature “Winnipeg sound” heard on tracks such as “American Woman” and “No Time”.


  • Title: Garnet Herzog guitar processor (distortion)
  • Creator: Garnet "Gar" Gillies
  • Date Created: circa 1960s
  • Location Created: Canada
  • Type: Model Herzog, View 1/3

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