The new owner of the latest Sweet amp picked up his new live touring amp last week. Pat Sansone of Wilco and The Autumn Defense is using it on the current tour with The Autumn Defense. It features all Mercury Magnetics transformers, 10″ and 12″ speakers, 6L6/6V6 operation, push-pull bright switch on the volume pot and a neg feedback control on the rear panel. It’s got just the right amount of headroom, touch sensitivity and harmonically rich breakup at higher volumes. This one is in good hands. Thanks Pat! I will be building more just like this in the near future!
Been wanting to try this so here it is. PreBS T5(champ) with 10″ speaker. This is a louder and fuller sounding T5 with NOS 5V4GA rectifier and negative feedback switch. The switch is like a boost providing rawness and richer harmonics at higher volume. This gives a singing quality to leads and power chords. Too much fun!
Available now! $799
This latest Sweet build was custom order for Chicago Blues Harpist, Big Bill Hickey. It features an oversized Mercury Magnetics output transformer, pair of 6L6GC power tubes, custom control panel without a “normal” channel or vibrato ckt. and an added anti-feedback control to help control mic squeels. The custom baffle holds a 12″ Eminence Cannabis Rex and a 10″ Jensen Falcon speaker. Both have hemp cones for a warmer harp friendly tone.
The newest Sweet amp is completed! This PreBS 15+ is based on the legendary blackfaced Fender Princeton Reverb but has been given the Sweet treatment. It features a 12″ Eminence Legend 1218 speaker, oversized Mercury Magnetics Trannys and can run on either 6V6 or 6L6 power tubes. Unlike a stock Princeton Reverb, this little combo has a nice amount of headroom, 25W when run with 6L6s and can easily keep up with a drummer for live gigging. A push-pull bright switch on the volume and push-pull mid boost on the bass pot give this extra flexibility and tonal range. A familiar voice for gigging AND recording.
This 12W tweed era combo is based on the Deluxe. With a pair of 6V6 power tubes, a 12″ speaker and a touch sensitive cathode biased class “A” design, this is another very popular recording amp. Having good clean tones as well as varying degrees of breakup depending on the volume control setting, this amp just oozes vintage tube compression. Used extensively live and in the studio by Neil Young as well as by Joe Walsh, Billy Gibbons and Jimmy Page to name a few.
This will be my next build. Pics coming soon!
This 5W combo with a single 8″ speaker is based on the tweed Champ, a ’50s era Fender entry level practice amp. It features a single 12ax7, a single 6V6 and a 5Y3 rectifier tube and is a cathode biased class “A” ckt. The only control is a volume pot/power switch. One of the most popular amps ever used for recording, it has a suprisingly good clean tone at lower volumes and will produce varying degrees of distortion, breakup, sustain and fun when cranked. Most famously used on the Eric Clapton classic, Layla as well as by Joe Walsh, Joe Perry and Billy Gibons.
This 40W combo is based on the popular blackface Super Reverb. Loud and clean with nice crunch and sustain when cranked, it is the workhorse of club and concert stages. The one pictured features a custom baffle with 2×12″ speakers and switchable fixed/cathode bias. Also available as a head only unit.
This amp is available for sale. It now has a pair of Weber 12F150′s with beam blockers. Loud and clear is the idea of ths one!
This 15W combo with one 10″ speaker is based on the blackface Princeton Reverb. A pair of 6V6 output tubes produce nice clean tones at lower volumes and breaks up and growls nicely when turned up. Features a full size spring reverb tank like the larger combos and deep bias modulated vibrato for a lush 3D like effect. The one pictured features a 12″ speaker for more volume and fullness. Can be upgraded to a + model with a bigger output transformer and pair of 6L6GC power tubes producing about 22W of portable power and tone.