Fargen Blackbird VS2

Fargen’s Blackbird VS2 has been considered by some to be the best blackface inspired amp ever.  This amp is the result of over ten years of research and trial and error, obtained from gathering information from a number of different circuits from the 60s.  It merges that great vintage tone with some modern parts and design concepts, creating a unique balance of new and old.  The amp has excellent touch response, produces amazing harmonic overtones, and can really belt out some clean sustain.  The amp has a passive FX loop.

So what does the Blackbird VS2 have under the hood?  This amp uses two pairs of 12AX7s, two 6L6-GCs and a GZ34/5AR4.  It puts out 40 watts of power and can be run in either 4 ohm or 8 ohm mode.  It’s classified as a class AB fixed bias push/pull amp.    The custom Mercury Magnetics transformer set, external bias adjustment and probe point, and Fargen Custom Shop resistors all help create that unique twist on the blackface sound.

The amp also works very well with just about any overdrive pedal, and players are certainly encouraged to use the Blackbird VS2 with effects pedals to get that perfect sound. It weighs a light 35 pounds and is pretty small, making it great for traveling.  The amp has a MSRP of $2,195.

For more info you can check out the Fargen website: http://www.fargenamps.com/blackbird-vs2

Nicolas Costa Playing A Fargen Blackbird VS2 - '69 Strat with Suhr FL and SSV - Maxon SD9

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