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.
The Junebug originally began as Nolatone’s Tweed Princeton type amp, but soon took on it's own unique character and sound. After a number of different modifications, the final design was a little amp with a great range of sound. It features two channels, a clean and an overdrive. They share the first preamp stage, tone, and volume controls. The clean channel is similar to the one you’d find on a small tweed amp, but it has more headroom. The overdrive channel features three cascaded gain stages, a hot gain control, and a sweet gain control. The first of these extra gain stages provides a more vintage / bluesy tone, while the other has more bite to it.
The June Bug uses a JJ 6V6 power tube and two 12AX7s/ECC83s for the preamp. The rectifier tube is a 5Y3GT. It comes in a 1x10 cabinet, and the speaker is mounted on an adapter ring so you can unbolt it and replace it with a 12 inch speaker. This can make it usable with different size gigs.
You can add a 12 inch speaker for $50, a serial effects loop for $50, or an oversized cabinet for $100. The June Bug usually retails for $1,199 before these additions.
Nolatone Ampworks offers a number of different amps that are all hand built. All of Nolatone’s amps include custom wound Mercury Magnetics transformers, high quality German-manufactured Sprague Atom or F&T filler caps, 10 amp Carling switches, and custom layouts that use either turret board or point-to-point circuitry (depending on the design). While some other amp companies may include one or two of these, Nolatone combines these techniques plus more to create some amazing amps that rock hard but clean up nicely as well. These definitely aren’t just clones of traditional, popular amps
Nolatone’s 22 Tango amp is excellent for small clubs. It has more than enough clean headroom, a huge sound, and can really get into that crunchy overdrive when needed. For those looking to rock, the Rotten Johnny features a dual gain control scheme and a post phase inverter master volume to allow players to really dial in and control their gain.
The Junebug was originally planned to be a Tweed Princeton type amp, but it evolved into an amp with a high gain overdrive channel and amazing output. The Junebug was later used as the basis for the Superbug. Players wanted an amp that was great for gigs while still retaining everything they loved about the Junebug, and that’s what they got—a 15/30 watt monster that pumps up the volume while still being incredibly portable.