Ampeg And Crate Keep The John Lennon Bus Rocking

On the road since 1998, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is literally an audio/video studio on wheels, offering free, hands-on workshops in songwriting, music production and digital video to students all across America virtually 10 months out of a year. Crate and Ampeg have provided a range of guitar and bass amps to keep it all rocking, whether onboard the bus’ studio or onstage for their regional “Battle of the Bands” competitions.

“As a state-of-the-art recording studio contained entirely inside a tour bus we have chosen our equipment and instruments extremely carefully,” says Chief Engineer Jeff Sobel. “The bus is a proving ground for all types of gear, as we have virtually no downtime. The bus produces original work with students every day, so there is no room onboard for gear or instruments that are not the best sounding and most reliable. We’re pleased to have Crate and Ampeg amps onboard the Lennon Bus as they provide amps to fit all of our needs, from studio to stage. With this complement of amps at our disposal we are able to dial in any tone our students or artists can dream of.”

Onboard, the studio bus boasts Crate Flexwave FW15 and Crate V5 guitar amps, plus an Ampeg BT15 bass amp. “We like to use smaller amps so we can crank them up in our confined space. The V5 is the perfect amp for us, a small amp designed to be turned all the way up all the time.”

The backline onstage consists of Crate Flexwave FW120 and Profiler 5 guitar amps, and the Ampeg BA-115HPT bass amp combo.

“Crate and Ampeg pride themselves on their rich history of supporting musicians and music education,” adds Kevin Van Pamel, director of marketing for Ampeg and Crate. “The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and its legacy of bringing music awareness to many diverse groups across the country is a perfect extension of our commitment to the same. We’re excited to be involved with this year’s tour and doing our part to support a truly exceptional and worthy experience for musicians and music lovers.”

“Ampeg and Crate have been fantastic to work with,” Sobel concludes. “They really know their products and have been wonderful about recommending specific amps to best meet our needs. They make so many great amps it’s very beneficial to be able to narrow down which ones we should be auditioning by having someone knowledgeable from the company make recommendations for us. Crate and Ampeg help keep the Lennon Bus rocking!”

About The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit 501(c)(3) mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. Since 1998, the Bus has provided free hands-on programs to hundreds of high schools, colleges, Boys and Girls Clubs, music festivals, concerts, conventions and community organizations. Working together with some of the biggest names in music, the Lennon Bus encourages students to play music, write songs, engineer recording sessions and produce video projects using the latest audio, video, and live sound equipment.

About Ampeg
Ampeg, a LOUD Technologies Inc. brand, has produced some of the music industry's most innovative and memorable products over the past six decades, satisfying the needs of musicians on stages and in studios all over the world. Ampeg products offer incredibly unique features and performance capabilities, which have resulted in numerous U.S. patents under the Ampeg brand name. For more information visit
Ampeg is a registered trademark of LOUD Technologies Inc. in the United States and all other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Crate
Since its first amplifier, Crate has made innovation the norm and the player its priority. As avid guitar players themselves, Crate engineers build the gear they want to use. Their musician-first philosophy produces rugged, versatile amps appreciated by players of all genres. Nearly 35 years ago, Crate changed the music market with stripped down, ready-for-the-trenches designs. Now, with that same aggressive approach to sound, Crate directs the future of guitar amplification. For more information visit:
Crate is a trademark of Loud Technologies Inc. in the United States and all other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About LOUD Technologies Inc.
LOUD Technologies Inc. ( is one of the world's largest manufacturers and distributors of professional audio and music products. As the corporate parent for world-recognized brands including Alvarez, Ampeg, Crate, EAW, Knilling, Mackie, SIA and TAPCO, LOUD Technologies produces and distributes a wide range of digital recording products, loudspeakers, commercial audio systems, audio and music software, guitars, guitar and bass amplifiers, and orchestral string instruments. LOUD Technologies' brands can be found in professional and project recording studios, video and broadcast suites, post-production facilities, sound reinforcement applications including churches and nightclubs, and retail locations as well as on major musical tours.