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|Founded||San Jose, California, United States (1968 )|
|Founder||Robert Gallien and Rich Krueger|
|Headquarters||Stockton, California, United States|
|Robert Gallien and Rich Krueger|
|Oral History, Bob Gallien talks about the equalizer in his amps that accommodates a wide range of instruments. Interview date January 20, 2007, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library|
Robert Gallien started his company, then named GMT, from his garage in San Jose, California while working as an engineer for Hewlett-Packard. His first amps were the GMT 226A and 226B (named after their power output) and were unconventional in their design because they were built around transistors instead of tubes. Carlos Santana was one of the first to buy a GMT 226A (serial #6) and it can be clearly seen in the Woodstock movie.
In the early 70's Bob Gallien teamed up with fellow HP engineer Rich Krueger and the company was renamed from GMT (Gallien-Martin-Taylor) to Gallien-Krueger. Although Rich Krueger is no longer involved in the company it has retained his name.
In 1983 Gallien-Krueger launched the bass amplifier that would define the future of the company, namely the 800RB. The GK sound is defined by a dry "growl" and a quick reaction from the class H power amplifier.
- "Gallien-Krueger to Pay $18.5K to Settle Equipment Marketing Probe". fcc.gov. Federal Communications Commission. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2013-12-09.