Meet the Makers: Soldano

From the release of his first amplifier – the Super Lead Overdrive 100 – Mike Soldano has been a legend in the world of electric guitar tone. The SLO’s thick gain and musical personality have made it a go-to for discerning guitarists around the world and placed it in the rigs of touring superstars like Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, and Matt Bellamy (Muse).

Mike Soldano
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Many amp designers claim to have built the first high-gain or boutique amplifier. In the case of Seattle’s Mike Soldano, it’s true.

It all began with Mike’s search for an amp that blends the perfect modded-Marshall sound with extreme versatility and rugged reliability. His first prototype, nicknamed Mr. Science, hit the nail on the head and would evolve into the mighty Soldano Super Lead Overdrive (SLO) 100.

The SLO continues to reign as one of the finest amplifiers ever created. It was the go-to amp of such guitar luminaries as Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Warren Haynes, Mark Knopfler, Gary Moore, and the list goes on. Today, the SLO’s searing overdrive channel makes it one of the premier amp heads in heavy metal. And you’ll still find it and other Soldano amplifiers in every respectable recording studio and backing guitarists across the world.

A die-hard fan of hot rods and racing, looking inside one of Mike Soldano’s amps is like looking under the hood of a Formula One racer. Every physical component comes from sources such as aircraft components and hand-made transformers. Every Soldano allows for no compromises. And every aspect of the amplifiers is designed to deliver the optimum combination of performance, function, and appearance.

Soldano Modules:

Soldano SLO


The Soldano SLO-100 is one of the first boutique-style high-gain amplifier heads to ever hit the market. Previous amps had hinted at the evolution of hard rock guitar tone, yet it took the mighty SLO to define its chewy distortion, tight low end, cutting highs, and full-throated mids.


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