Allen V-18 Handwired Boutique Amp

The Allen V-18 Handwired Boutique Amp has been nicknamed the Sweet Spot, and there’s a reason.  allen-v-18-handwired-boutique-ampThis handwired amp, which is a boutique version of the Princeton Reverb amp made by Fender, is one of the best small amps you’ll find.  Its sound is much fuller and bigger than the Princeton, making it much better for playing larger gigs.  The Sweet Spot comes in several different sizes: a 1x10 combo, 1x12 combo, 1x15 combo, and a 2x12 combo.  The 1x10 combo features an Eminence Copperhead speaker.

All of the various Allen V-18 Sweet Spot amps are Class AB and feature bass, treble, and middle controls along with a Bright switch.  As far as tubes go, they contain 4 12AX7s, two 6V6 or 6L6s, and a GZ34.  The 6V6s pull 18 watts, while those with 6L6s handle 25.  As stated above, these amps all feature hand-wired point-to-point wiring.  The Reverb features an all-tube driven 3-spring medium-delay tank.  This creates a quite lush sound, and many players find that the Sweet Spot is better than just about any other amp they’ve used.

How much will it cost you?  A used Sweet Spot can be anywhere from $800 to $1500, depending on the size and condition.  New, one will range from $1,550 (Sweet Spot 1x10) to $1,800 (Sweet Spot 2x12).  More information can be found on the Allen Amps website at http://www.allenamps.com/sweetspot.php.

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April 20, 2009
Posted in Allen Amps,Boutique Amps — anthony @ 9:10 am

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  1. thanks very much for the informative post! now i just need to find money…somewhere, somehow. ;]

    Comment by daniel — April 20, 2009 @ 7:21 pm

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