Tone King Amps Galaxy Head

Tone King’s Galaxy Head is full of amazing vintage sound and feel.  If it’s that authentic vintage Fender sound you want, this is the head.  It has a great amount of warmth, chime, and organic feel. You'd be hard pressed to find an amp with a better sounding reverb and tremolo these days.

The Galaxy Head is fueled by four 6L6GC power tubes.  It’s a 60 watt amp with a cathode biased output stage.  The preamp runs on four 12AX7 tubes and a 12AT7 tube.  The amp has a lead channel with controls for volume and tone and a rhythm channel with bass, treble, and volume controls.  The reverb on the Galaxy is tube driven and features a two-spring long pan. The tremolo on the head is a bias-modulation type and can be controlled via footswitch.

The Tone King Galaxy Head weighs 36 pounds and comes in three different color schemes: white and red, white and black, and white and turquoise. It costs $2,595.

For more information be sure to check out the Tone King Website: http://www.toneking.com/

Video Review of Tone King Amps Galaxy Head

October 12, 2011
Posted in Tone King Amps — anthony @ 11:48 pm

Nolatone Amps Chimey Limey CL-15

Nolatone Amps may not have a huge variety of different models, but the ones they do have are pretty solid.  The Chimey Limey comes in two variations, the CL-15 and the CL-30.  The CL-15 is a powerful yet small amp that can really serves up that British sound.  The CL amps were designed to reproduce the chime and grind of vintage 60’s British amps. Style-wise the CL-15 recreates the look of the Watkins Dominator amp from the 50s, so if you dig that retro style you're going to be pleased.

What sets the CL-15 apart from other, similar amps?  For one, Nolatone’s uses a unique wiring technique in it's 12AX7 tube so that it provides the gain and dynamics of an EF86 tube without any of the microphonic issues or unreliability that EF86's are notorious for.  It also has a six-position tone control, a cut control, volume, and a boost controlled by footswitch.

Under that classic looking cabinet are two EL84 power tubes, a 12AX7 preamp and 12AX7 phase inverter, and an EZ81 rectifier tube.  The CL-15 comes as a 1x12 combo with a 15 watt Alnico speaker, although you can ask for other speakers, like a Celestion G12.  You can select 4, 8, or 16 ohms for your speaker output.  The CL-15 usually retails for around $1999.

For more info be sure to check out the Nolatone website: http://www.nolatone.com/cl15.html

Here are a couple demo videos of Nolatone Amps Chimey Limey CL-15

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September 28, 2011
Posted in Nolatone Ampworks — anthony @ 8:03 pm

Divided by 13 Amps EDT 13/29

Divided by 13 Amps EDT 13 29Divided by 13 Amps created the EDT 13/29 after someone asked for a version of the SJT 10/20 that had more clean headroom while still being able to get aggressive.  The amp handles jazz and blues really well, and it’s great for gigs of all sizes.  Now this is not your best choice for a practice amp at home, but it’s an ace once it’s up on stage.

The EDT 13/29 can operate at either 29 watts or 13, depending on your preference.  It has three controls on the front: two switches are for dampening and reverb, while the third control changes the EDT from Class AB to Class A, which also adjusts the wattage.  Under the hood, the EDT 13/29 starts off looking similar to the SJT 10/20.  That’s because Divided by 13 used that amp as their starting point for this one. The KT66 tubes give this amp a nice amount of clean sound along with making the high end a little glassier.  It also uses three 12AX7s, an 12AT7, and a GZ34 rectifier tube.

The amp only has one preamp channel, but it has seven valves to give it a lot of power and sound.  Overall, this amp is something of a merger between an early Fender design and a vintage Marshall amp.  It’s got an edge to it, but it’s also a very solid, clean amp when it needs to be.  It looks great, is reliable, and can handle just about anything you throw at it.  The amp retails for around $3,900.  It’s not cheap, but it is good.

For more info be sure to check out the Divided by 13 website: http://www.dividedby13.com/edt1329.html

Here's a demo of the EDT 13/29 by Divided by 13

September 7, 2011
Posted in Divided By 13 — anthony @ 9:41 pm

Victoria Amps Ivy League

The Ivy League amp by Victoria is one of their newest offerings.  This amp is actually a recreation of the classic Fender Harvard 5F10.  As you might know a vintage 5F10 can be hard to find, and pretty pricey if you can.  The original Harvard 5F10 amp is one of the amps that created that classic Memphis guitar sound, and this recreation captures it pretty spot on.

The Ivy League is a 14 watt amp with three inputs: low, medium, and high. All transformers, resistors, and vacuum tube components are American made.  This is a perfect amp for recording, with a great clean tone and some classic tweed style overdrive.  The Ivy League uses two fixed bias 6V6 tubes to produce those 14 watts of push pull power.  The 6AT6 7-pin input tube circuit is unique to the Ivy League.  It has triple padded inputs that you won’t find anywhere else.  The preamp section uses a 12AX7.  You’ll also find a 5Y3 rectifier tube in this amp.  The speaker is an Eminence Legend ten inch speaker.

The Ivy League has an MSRP of $2,434, which is a bit high.  However, it has a street price of $1,995.  It measure 16.5” H by 20” W by 9.5” D.

Victory Ivy League Demo Video

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August 24, 2011
Posted in Victoria Amplifiers — anthony @ 11:11 pm

Morris Amps Rockgrinder

The Morris Amps Rockgrinder is one of their main production models.  While in the past they had a number of different options on the amp, they have locked in the design for the production model with two channels and coming in three different configurations (head, 2x12, and 1x12).  While some may be sad to see the custom versions of the Rockgrinder go, this new model will allow Morris to fine-tune every aspect of it.

The overdrive channel, delivers a nice range of drive from a bit of distortion for blues up to a powerful, hi-gain grind.  In general the overdrive is super responsive and you can use your guitar’s volume control to dynamically adjust the sound as you play.  Over on the clean channel, you get rich, complex sounds like those from an American 60’s amp.  It features three tone controls to help you perfectly sculpt the sound.

The Rockgrinder is powered by 6L6 tubes, and Morris Amps has gone to great length to make it sound tighter and more focused than other amps that use 6L6 tubes. You can even use the Rockgrinder for some decent modern rock tones, something other 6L6 amps don't do well.

The 50 watt head version retails for $2,795; the 1x12 and 2x12 are priced at $3,095.

For more info be sure to check out the Morris Amps website: http://www.morrisamps.com/rockgrinder.php

Glen Morris Video Demo of the Rockgrinder

August 9, 2011
Posted in Morris Amps — anthony @ 11:00 pm

Swart Space Tone Atomic Jr

Swart Amps Atomic Space Tone is one of their best selling amps, but it’s a bit too much amp for some people.  The Space Tone Atomic Jr., however, is a smaller, lighter version of this powerful amp.  It’s get plenty of soul and a lot of power, so even though it’s smaller, it’s not any less of an amp than the original ST-6V6se.  The Jr. model contains the heart and soul of the ST-6V6se, but it also features a triode reverb stage that Swart spent over a year working on.  This stage uses a dedicated 12DW7 tube that feeds the signal into a spring tank, creating some major reverb.  In fact, you’d be surprised at just how loud and powerful the reverb from this small amp is.

The Atomic Jr. is a 5 watt Class A amp that uses one 6V6 tube for power.  It has two preamp tubes: a 12AX7 and a 12DW.  It uses an eight inch Weber Signature Ceramic speaker for the sound.  A spring reverb tank in the bottom of the amp provides all the reverb you could ever want.  The amp also features carbon comp resisters, a Switchcraft ¼ inch input and output, CTS potentiometers, and a solid pine cabinet.  It retails for $1,199.

For more info and some sound clips check out the Swart website: http://www.swartamps.com/amplifiers_st-atom.htm

Here's a nice demo of the Atomic JR by Humbucker Guitars

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August 5, 2011
Posted in Swart Amplifiers — anthony @ 6:14 pm
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