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Crash 11th August 2019 01:44 AM

Aspen Pittman
I heard that Aspen has passed in a car accident. I am shocked. He was so generous with his knowledge.

gtrman100 11th August 2019 11:33 PM

Aspen Pittman In Memorium
Aspen Pittman, my cousin, was killed in a terrible car crash on Friday. Besides being a great guy- incredibly creative, ingenious, high energy, generous and hilarious, he was a huge contributor to the guitar playing and music business in general. He was the epitome of an entrepreneur. Here are some of the highlights of his contributions:
manager of the 1st Guitar Center in Hollywood as a very young man
general manager of Acoustic Control Corp- iconic guitar and bass amps of the 60's and beyond
The inventor and president of Groove Tubes- the creation of the boutique tube industry that is now ubiquitous
At one time owned the largest collection of vintage guitar amps in the world
The author of The Tube Amp book- a landmark compendium of the history, impact and technical aspects of the electric guitar amp
The president of GT Electronics- wide range of boutique guitar amps and preamps, the first commercial amplifier load box, first commercial amplifiers designed to work with multiple tube types, the development of the Vipre, Supre, Glory Comp and Brick high quality studio electronics, microphones and more
The co-inventor of SFX technology (licensed by Fender) and the development of Centerpoint Stereo Space Station "3D" speakers
President of the Sapphire Club- the organization of LA audio engineers dating back from the 1940's
There is too much more to list here, but it is obvious that he was a major force in the guitar industry. Besides being a huge enthusiast of classic cars, baseball, guitars, German watches, exotic birds, and other collectibles, he was a devoted family man and devout Christian.

This is a huge loss for the guitar community, and for our family, We miss him terribly. RIP Cousin

bgood 11th August 2019 11:36 PM

Ugh... just awful... sorry for your loss...

We have so few real pioneers left among us

edva 12th August 2019 12:43 AM

A true original, sadly to be missed. Had a unique audio perspective, and brought it to life. It was easy to imagine that his personality was in all the gear he designed. And which now survives him.
He made some good microphones too. kfhkh
R.I.P. A.P.

Steviejams 12th August 2019 07:07 AM

A great man
I got to know Aspen through the Hollywood Sapphire Group here in LA. He was a well respected guru of all things pro audio nd tubes. We became friends over the last 3 years. I had a tremendous admiration for his accomplishments and his passion for creating and inventing cool stuff.

Rest in peace, my brother. I know you are with God now. You will be sorely missed by many of us.

Arthur Stone 12th August 2019 07:28 AM

Always a pleasure to hear Aspen talk about gear. RIP

christube 12th August 2019 11:04 AM

Truly an amazing chap. I got to chatting with him via email when he modded my bricks. I really looked up to him from a far and I genuinely believe he made the best outboard in the industry. The Vipre and Supre are in my opinion the best preamps money can buy. If you’re looking for the holy grails these are it. I also remember shooting out tubes for a very long time and the GT’s always won out. I hope he is held in the same regard as Les Paul, Rupert Neve and Bill Putnam. Aspen is someone I will never stop referring to as brilliant.

Jules 12th August 2019 11:44 AM

I had the pleasure of meeting Aspen several times.

I also bought his book The Tube Amp Book

It was very cool the way he pioneered new pro audio products

We interviewed him several times in our trade show video reports.

RIP - A big man and a big loss to pro audio.

Condolences to his family from all of us at Gearslutz

kellyd 14th August 2019 05:58 PM

Great guy who really knew his stuff. RIP Aspen.

Tim Kleinert 15th August 2019 09:36 PM

As a keyboard player, I couldn't be without my SpaceStation V3 anymore. It's the amp I've been waiting for all my professional life.
Tremendous gratitude.
RIP Mr. Pittman.

Vicki Vail 20th August 2019 04:09 PM

I met Aspen through Craigslist when I was looking for a vintage amp. I entered his warehouse and felt like I was at a musical and classic car Disneyland. The guitars, amps, mic's, cars and misc memorabilia were impressive. The man behind them all was even more impressive. He generously spent time with me, shared his passions and his studio. We developed a bit of a friendship and I loved stopping in when I was in the area. On one of my visits he proudly showed me how he was remodeling his warehouse I bought a few of his guitars, mostly because he said "Oh, you'll love the tone of this one" and "this one is a true classic".
I just spoke to Aspen last Thursday, Aug 15, the day before he passed. I was so excited as he was going to record my band. :-(
So sad I won't be seeing my friend until we reconnect on the other side. He was a great and generous man. Something tells me he is working on higher levels of music, something we mortals won't quite understand for a time. Love and peace my friend. Godspeed Aspen, Vicki Sanchez

Deleted 4c3c464 12th September 2019 09:11 PM

Early adopter of the Center Point Stereo.
Talked with Aspen Pittman on the phone and
ordered the CPS and got it delivered to my door in Sarnia, Ontario.

He was quite friendly and knowledgeable on the phone.
My condolences.

Mark Pigott

bzone 30th October 2019 08:03 AM

Wow, I didn’t even see this till now. Aspen built us several custom amps. I still have a bunch of GT gear and his cabinets. We used to go hang at his GT place. He was always so proud of his mic collection. He did some great things for the industry. Always fun and smiling when I got to hang with him. Talked to him I believe at NAMM last year. What a loss, my condolences to his friends and family. Too many are leaving us. God Bless Aspen!

bgood 21st November 2019 01:32 AM

I thought about the man again as I opened a box up from the old studio and found his tube amp book...

Again, RIP

Papanate 21st November 2019 01:50 AM


Originally Posted by bgood (Post 14334578)
I thought about the man again as I opened a box up from the old studio and found his tube amp book...

Again, RIP

I have that book - He signed it for me - and in an anomaly for today - his phone number was printed right on the cover.

I was enamored with his knowledge - he was the first guy to enlightened me about matching my Vox AC30 EL84 tubes. I thought it was a bunch of hooey - but my guitar tech thought other wise. Matched tubes allowed us to save a bundle by not having to replace the set every 2 or 3 weeks like we were.

I never bought his other gear - except for the Brick preamp. It was okay - really worked on guitar amps with one of his Microphones - and did a great job with Shure microphones.

He certainly brought the fun into the mundane maintenance and repair side of the music business.

See Ya around Aspen!