BIRD AMPLIFIERS 

- SWEET SOUNDING AMPS!


1959 Bird Talisman & c1963 Bird 4/25 Amplifier, courtesy of James Payze. 

 





This site, like the Selmer Amplifier Website, is a joint collaboration between Tim Fletcher and myself, Steve Russell. We both feel very strongly that the old British amps like Selmer, Watkins, Bird, and Fenton-Weill together with a few others, have been pushed into the shadows by the admittedly well deserved publicity heaped upon Vox and Marshall, and these webpages are our attempts to redress the balance a little.

Bird Amplifiers have all-but been forgotten for forty years. They seem to have only been produced for about five years or so in the early to mid-sixties, and not that many were sold compared to Selmer, Watkins, and Fenton-Weill. That is a pity, because they are well built amps with features that were in the forefront of UK amplifier design in the early 1960's. 

They were produced from about 1960 onwards by Sydney S. Bird and Sons of Poole, Dorset who, amongst many other things, were into the manufacture of electronic organs. Perhaps effects such as reverberation, tremolo, and delay being fairly common on electronic organs back in the 1960's, made it seem logical to Bird to start building guitar amps as well. Certainly, by the time of the 1966 British Music Instrument Trade Fair, Bird were only featuring keyboards and organs on their stand again. They presumably found that the competition from the likes of Vox, Selmer, Watkins, and also by that time, Marshall, made it difficult to compete in the guitar amp business.

A very brief history of Sydney Bird's other manufacturing adventures can be found ELSEWHERE on this website.

 


 

 

 

There must have been other models produced by Bird, including "piggy-back" amps. Take a look at the photo below which shows Birds Senior Sales Rep, Len Chead, at the 1964 UK Music Trade Show with some very interesting looking Bird amps.