Matchless Amplifiers

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Matchless Amplifiers
Founded1989; 33 years ago (1989)
FounderRick Perrotta
Key people
Mark Sampson, Steve Goodale and Chris Perrotta

Matchless Amplifiers is a Los Angeles-based company which designs and makes electric guitar amplifiers, specializing in class-A tube circuitry.

Matchless HC-30 model with the trademark backlit nameplate featured on all Matchless amplifiers


Mark Sampson started Matchless while living in Hollywood, California in 1989. He, along with partners Rick Perotta, Steve Goodale and Chris Perrotta were the initial force behind the company.

Due to the growing demand, the founders elected to become partners with the U.S. Music Corporation in January 1994. This merger was done to acquire much needed growth and capital. This merger lasted until October 1995 when Mark Sampson acquired Matchless without the other founding partners. Sampson stayed on with the company as president and C.E.O. until late 1999.[1]


  1. ^ Handmade Guitars, Amps Strike a Chord -Reuters/Billboard, Apr 30, 2004

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