Sunn

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This article is about the amplifier manufacturers. For the drone metal band, see Sunn O))). For the plant, see Crotalaria juncea. For the solar car, see SUNN. For the insect pests of cereal crops, see Sunn pest.
Sunn Amplifiers
Industry musical instrument amplification
Founded 1965
Defunct 2002
Headquarters Tualatin, Oregon
Key people Norm Sundholm
Products instrument amplifiers
Parent Fender
Website http://www.sunnamps.com/

Sunn amplifiers are a brand of musical instrument amplifiers. Sunn was based in Tualatin, Oregon.

History[edit]

In early 1963, the Kingsmen, a band based in the U.S. state of Oregon, became known for the song "Louie, Louie". After its hit single, the band soon embarked on a 50-state national tour. Because the band was used to playing small hops and school dances, many of the members found themselves ill-equipped with the amplifiers that they were currently using. Bassist Norm Sundholm discovered that his bass amp was not nearly powerful enough to play larger concert halls. Sundholm enlisted the help of his brother Conrad to help solve his problem. By 1964, the Sundholm brothers had designed a high-powered concert bass amplifier. By 1965, the demand for Sundholm's amplifiers had increased to the point where the family garage could no longer be used as the manufacturing facility. Thus, the Sunn Musical Equipment Company was founded.

The band Sunn O))) was named after the company (to the point of including a typographic representation of the logo) and Gross National Productions who were the East Coast promo band for Sunn amps in 1971.

Sunn was ultimately acquired by Fender, which discontinued production in 2002.

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