Swart Amps

Swart amps was created by Michael Swart, a musician and recording engineer based out of Wilmington, North Carolina.  Swart owned a 24 track recording studio in Wilmington, and he only used vintage tube amps for recordings.  swart-ampsHowever, while he often used Ampeg, Fender, and Vintage Vox amps for both his recordings and his live performances, he always felt like something was missing from these vintage amps.  They just didn’t give him the sound or tone that he wanted.

Because of this, Swart set out to create an amp that would feature all the distortion and tone that he wanted for recording in his studio while still maintaining the flexibility he needed.  The custom tube amps he started working on eventually lead him to creating the Space Tone, the first of Swart’s amps.  It worked perfectly for small studios, small venues, and for playing at home.  It gave off the large tone he wanted and provided the distortion necessary.  He followed this up with the Atomic Space Tone, and Swart Amps was born.

The Space Tone 6V6se Mark 1 is the first Swart amp, and while it’s no longer produced, you can still find some of these collector’s items on auction sites and at trade shows.  Likewise, the AST Tweed Head I, a limited edition head, has also been sold out.  It provided everything that the Space Tone did while allowing you to pick your cabinet for it.

However, if you missed out on both of these great Swart products, don’t worry—the Super Space Tone 30 tube head and cabinet is available.  It is an awesome set of two that provides you with everything you need to produce some great sounds.

If you’d rather have something similar to the classic Space Tone, Swart still offers a newer version of the amp.  It comes in a different style cabinet than the original , but it still provides some of that great tone and amazing sound that Swart captured in his first Space Tone.

These are just a few of Swart’s amazing amps.  All of them are designed with the purpose of being used in small areas, so if you play a lot of small venues, practice in your home, or need a recording amp, Swart has you covered.

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SWART STR TREMOLO REVERB SPACE TONE TUXEDO
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Swart Atomic Jr 5W Class A tube guitar amp with reverb
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Swart STR Tweed Crazy fun driven tube amp w reverb good light wear
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Used 2007 Swart Space Tone Reverb Combo Amplifier Red Sparkle
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Swart AST Pro Creamback 30W 1x12 Combo Guitar Amp
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Swart Atomic Space Tone Blonde Tweed AST
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Swart STR Tremolo Combo Amplifier Tuxedo Amp
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Swart Amplifiers MOD 84 Amplifier Alligator Ostrich Stripe w Celestion Blue
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Used 2006 Swart Atomic Space Tone Combo Amplifier Red and Silver Sparkle
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Used 2007 Swart Super Space Tone 30 Head 2x12 Cabinet Red Sparkle
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Swart Atomic Space Tone Combo Amplifier Tweed Front w Dark Sides
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Swart Space Tone Atomic Jr 1x8 Combo Amp
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Swart Space Tone Atomic Jr Combo Guitar Amplifier Tweed with Dark Sides
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Swart Atomic Jr Tweed
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Used Swart Limited Edition Atomic Space Tone Head 2x12 Cabinet Lacquered Tweed
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Used 2006 Swart Atomic Space Tone Combo Amplifier Red and Silver Sparkle
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Swart MOD84 w/Celestion Blue Alnico Speaker & Gator White Ostrich Stripe Swart MOD84 w/Celestion Blue Alnico Speaker & Gator White Ostrich Stripe
List Price: $1,980.00

And now for something different... Swart using the 6BQ5? Well, we wanted to shift the paradigm and leave our favorite 6V6 for the the veritable EL-84, actually an early favorite of ours and still one today(especially now). Indeed, everything has a beginning and this hail to the EL-84 started years ago as a one of a kind, über cool suitcase amp, an amp we still power up with a grin to this day, and an amp in use BEFORE the seminal Space Tone 6V6se. Michael loved that suitcase enough to make it live on in sonic suitcase heaven, socks replaced with hand laid wire, irons, and tubes. While finding a suitcase for every tone junkie seemed daunting, a cool pine cab combo covered in vintage style tolex seemed a logical way out. Enter the all-new MOD 84.... While the MOD 84 had its beginnings within that cool, yet humble, suitcase, it's morphed into something far more. This is the new shop favorite and just such a blast to play! The MOD 84 is a strong 15wpc, powered by two EL-84 with 12AX7 first stage and our favorite 12DW7 for that great Swart reverb. Once again, Michael employs a very simple tone cut that follows our less is more for lower wattage amplifiers. And our new 3 way interactive EQ switch gives the user subtle yet defined control with three settings that actually interacts with the volume and attack. Add in the excellent Swart tube tremolo stage along with our favorite tube rectification, and you have a legitimate rival to the AST but with that bit of EL-84 take.

Swart STR Tremolo Tuxedo Swart STR Tremolo Tuxedo
List Price: $1,450.00

Yep, the STR-Tremolo will have the same soul and basic circuit as the STR-Tweed, just with: The addition of a great tremolo stage (along with a revised and more surf Zone Reverb Stage) The addition of a 3 way EQ Switch that makes the STR-Trem more flexible Available in the original STR "Tuxedo" 60s style or the AST Style Tweed cab. Push comes to shove, I think the STR-Tremolo does have a touch less gain than the STR-Treed as the Tremolo section will take place of the extra gain stage in half of the 12AX7. On the other hand, it will still have much of the STR-Tweed's great tone, immediacy, growl, and touch sensitivity. Drop in the Atomic Boost, and you get it back and more. I really dig this amp and have been playing it daily since we finally got it off the bench.

Swart MOD84 w/Celestion Gold Alnico Speaker & Blue Sparkle White Stripe Swart MOD84 w/Celestion Gold Alnico Speaker & Blue Sparkle White Stripe
List Price: $1,980.00

And now for something different... Swart using the 6BQ5? Well, we wanted to shift the paradigm and leave our favorite 6V6 for the the veritable EL-84, actually an early favorite of ours and still one today(especially now). Indeed, everything has a beginning and this hail to the EL-84 started years ago as a one of a kind, über cool suitcase amp, an amp we still power up with a grin to this day, and an amp in use BEFORE the seminal Space Tone 6V6se. Michael loved that suitcase enough to make it live on in sonic suitcase heaven, socks replaced with hand laid wire, irons, and tubes. While finding a suitcase for every tone junkie seemed daunting, a cool pine cab combo covered in vintage style tolex seemed a logical way out. Enter the all-new MOD 84.... While the MOD 84 had its beginnings within that cool, yet humble, suitcase, it's morphed into something far more. This is the new shop favorite and just such a blast to play! The MOD 84 is a strong 15wpc, powered by two EL-84 with 12AX7 first stage and our favorite 12DW7 for that great Swart reverb. Once again, Michael employs a very simple tone cut that follows our less is more for lower wattage amplifiers. And our new 3 way interactive EQ switch gives the user subtle yet defined control with three settings that actually interacts with the volume and attack. Add in the excellent Swart tube tremolo stage along with our favorite tube rectification, and you have a legitimate rival to the AST but with that bit of EL-84 take.

Swart ST-45 Dark Convertable Head Swart ST-45 Dark Convertable Head
List Price: $2,299.00

You've been waiting long enough. The all-new Space Tone Forty-Five is finally HERE and although the wait long, it's more than worth it as it's an amp residing outside the box, literally, this in both sonics and aesthetics. Hyperbole aside, this amp is going to make some serious waves, akin to the original release of the AST. Think of it as an AST on steroids, with amazing CLEANS, all housed in a chassis that can be put on display for tube admiration. The ST-45 is a first for Swart Amps on a number of fronts. It's our first 45 watt amp that's dedicated to getting the absolute MOST from the 6L6 power tube, this via our first production "easy set" Fixed Bias offering, key in getting every last bit of goodness from this circuit. It's our first offering that eschews our simple tone cut, moving to separate bass and treble controls, designed to refine the frequency palate for a bit more control of bottom/top. This is aided by a very useful 3-way EQ switch to help further tailor the response/output depending on room/output/guitar.

MOD 8FB3C1B Reverb Tank MOD 8FB3C1B Reverb Tank
List Price: $17.95

The MOD Reverb Tanks are high quality upgrade units. Some of the major differences between the MODs and other reverb tanks are that the Transducers are wired directly to their respective RCA jacks as opposed to current production tanks where Transducers are connected by a detachable plug to their respective RCA jacks. This makes the tanks less receptive to any outside interference. The original Hammond Accutronics tanks from the 1960's were also wired directly to their respective RCA jacks. In addition very close attention has been paid to the spacing and size of the lamination of the Transducers resulting in a more vintage like tone.

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September 28, 2009
Posted in Boutique Amps,Swart Amplifiers — anthony @ 8:19 pm

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