Another custom Sweet build just completed. This 5F1 champ build features Mercury Magnetics transformers, custom velvet grill cloth by artist Jeremiah Witting-Akiona, and of course my exclusive 3-way gain switch for more tonal variety. You’ll get the classic crunch and sag of a 50′s tweed Champ plus a cleaner/smoother setting(great for bouncy neck pickup tones) and an “over the top” setting for even more distortion and sustain. Vintage and beyond!
SOLD! But, another just like it is in the works and not yet spoken for. Contact me if you would like to reserve it. ETA is 1/30/21
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Tagged 6V6, Billy Gibbons, chicago blues, Eric Clapton, fender clone, hand wired amp, joe walsh, Layla amp, low power tube amp, tube amp, tweed amp, Tweed Champ
Another classic Alligator PreBS T5 with Cane grillcloth. One of my favorite color combinations! This one was ordered with standard 8″ WGS speaker for a traditional tone and has our unique 3-position gain switch for some variations on the classic tone. Vintage and more! Watch for a new PreBS T5 build coming soon. Not yet spoken for!
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Tagged 6V6, Billy Gibbons, blues amp, boutique amp, chicago blues, classic rock amp, hand built, hand wired amp, Jeff Tweedy, Layla amp, Tweed Champ
This one off/prototype build request was for an offset Marshall JTM 45 style head and 2×12 half stack with a Marshall/blackface Fender hybrid circuit with master volume. The 4 jack normal/bright inputs was kept but adjusted for less extremes. The Sweetened version has two very usable channels independently or when blended via a jumper cable between inputs. Other customizations include a blackface style phase inverter circuit and full range negative feedback control instead of the traditional high frequency presence control as well as custom tone stack values for a more full range of adjustment rather than the focused midrangey voice of the original JTM circuit. A PPIV master volume completes the package giving the ability to adjust the gain from clean to crunch and beyond from bedroom to stage volumes. This sexy beast excels equally as a straight in tone machine or modern pedal platform! The control panel is labelled TLA 45 for the owners initials but it is affectionately known as “Grimace”.
This build turned out so good that it will be added to the Sweet product line! Any color is available but I think purple is definitely the coolest!
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Tagged #grimace, #JTM45, #kt77s, #marshalloffset, #turretboard, #vintagemarshall, blues amp, classic rock amp, hand built, hand wired amp, point to point wiring, tube amp
This latest build kept me busy while the Corona pandemic kept the Fret Works/Amp Works shop closed. It is possibly the best sounding PreBS 15+ to date and is the first to feature a natural had rubbed finished cherry cab. It also has all of the options including Mercury Magnetics trannies for 6V6 or 6L6 power tubes(15-32W), push-pull bright and mid-boost pots, negative feedback pot, and easy access bias pot and test points on the rear panel. All of this handwired sweetness is pushed into a Mojotone BV-30H 12″ speaker for some legit British crunch when cranked! This amp will cover Americana, classic rock, blues, country, soul, surf, and more. Seriously, this amp rocks!
Something old and something new!
The Twenty Something is a 20W vintage toned pedal platform with unique and effective tone shaping options. It combines the best elements of tweed, brown, and black faced Fender circuits with a bit of vintage British tone via the selectable US/UK pre-amp switch. The US setting is the big warm full range clean until cranked familiar American voice and the UK setting gives it some British bite with tighter bass and a bit more drive. Next is the tone stack which is classic black-faced Fender with the era specific brown-faced “tapped” treble pot which also functions as a tone pot when set lower than 12 O’clock. This allows for rolling off highs which can be usefull for jazz players or whenever a mellow and smooth tone is desired. A push-pull mid-boost on the bass pot can really push the power tubes into overdrive and the “harmonics” pot which is the familiar negative feedback control renamed and easy to access on the front panel fine tunes the edge and breakup point. Last but not least, the “rectifier switch” allows you to select between tube or solid state rectifiers to adjust the tightness/sag/touch sensitivity that fits your style. And all of this pure vintage tone is pushed to perfection through the 12″ Eminence GA-SC64 speaker! Many other speaker options are available if you have a specific preference for your Sweet amp.
This unique, modern, retro looking 20W 6V6 powered combo could be the perfect compliment to your pedal board and also sounds amazing plugged straight in for purists. It can cover blues, jazz, rock, country, funk and anything you can throw at it and the subtle but effective tone shaping switches allow you to “mod” it to your personal taste and style.*
*Grill cloth design(the inspiration for the entire project) by artist donna-mibus.pixels.com
1 12Ax7 pre-amp 1-12AT7 phase inverter 1-5Y3 rectifier 2-6V6 power tubes
A 40W 6L6 specific version is also also available!
20W 6V6 version-$1750 40W 6L6 version-$1875
This Fender ’63 re-issue Vibroverb has been through a lot. As if the mass produced circuit board version wasn’t bad enough, someone attempted to gut and handwire a turret board into it. It wasnt the worst I’ve seen but it wasn’t correct for a vibroverb or vibrolux. It was Fenderish but wasn’t reliable or toneful. The owner decided to let me at it! Here is the result! A completely rewired and reworked 6G16 circuit complete with tube rectifier, period correct transformers from Mercury Magnetics, epoxy glass eyelete board, and tapped treble pots which act as tone pots below 5 on the dial rolling off highs for smoother rhythm and jazz tones. A negative feedback pot was installed as the icing on the cake but it may be a bigger part of the meal than expected. In this circuit, negative feedback does a lot and when you disconnect/partially disconnect with a pot or switch, it really opens the response and comes to life! It also has a big effect on vibrato depth which tends to be a bit shallow with bias modulated 6L6s.
A new PreBS 15 in surf green with a turquoise stripe in the grill cloth! Standard power transformer with a deluxe reverb output transformer and choke filtering for just a bit more headroom than a traditional Princeton Reverb. A pair of 6V6s gives 18W output through a Mojotone BV series 12″ speaker and the push-pull bright, mid-boost, and negative feedback control gives plenty of usable tone shaping options. Vintage tone that stays tight when pushed!
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Tagged 6V6, blackface amp, blues amp, boutique amp, chicago blues, classic rock amp, Eminence speaker, fender clone, Fender Princeton Reverb, hand built, hand wired, Jim Campilongo, point to point wiring, Princeton Reverb, recording amp, tube amp, Vintage Fender Amp, Vintage Tube Amp, west side blues
A custom PreBS 15 with personalized faceplate for repeat client, Chicago Blues musician, Breezy Rodio. Custom features include a multi-voltage power transformer for use in Italy and a utility outlet as found on many larger vintage Fender amps. A hemp cone Eminence speaker was selected for a warm and full bodied tone. A compact and toneful world traveler amp!
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Tagged 6V6, blackface amp, blues amp, boutique amp, chicago blues, Eminence speaker, Fender, Fender Princeton Reverb, hand built, hand wired, hand wired amp, Princeton Reverb, recording amp, tube amp, Vintage Fender Amp, west side blues
A couple of new PreBS T5 builds are completed and available for sale now! A traditional 8″ version with Alligator Tolex and a custom Black 10″ version with a special Mercury Magnetics OT and 6V6/6L6 switch to maintain proper bias when switching tubes. The alligator build has a Guitar Speaker Warehouse 8″ ceramic which sounds very traditional with a soft early vintage sounding breakup. The Black Tolex one features an Eminence GA10-SC64 which is just so musical and vintage but with a better low end clarity and natural tone both clean and driven with distortion. Both amps feature our exclusive and newly improved 3-way gain switch which allows for some clean and bouncy headroom at the low setting and with the click of a switch goes from crunch to grind and screaming overdrive. The familiar tweed Champ tones are there and then some!
4/03/20 The Alligator T5 just got some custom upgrades for its new owner including grill cloth designed by Artist Donna Mibus and 10″ baffle and Eminence GA10-SC64 speaker!
The Black T5 is available now at Chicago Fret Works. SOLD! 10/02/19
First of its kind! The BFF, A PreBS20+ in a PreBS15+ sized chassis(BFF faceplate coming soon). All of the best hand-wired features of the Princeton Reverb, Deluxe Reverb, and Vibrolux Reverb in one compact head with separate cabinet for easy transport and versatility.
Single channel enhanced blackface tone with all of the Sweet extras and attention to detail. Push-pull bright and mid-boost, negative feedback control, user adjustable bias control and test points, bias modulated vibrato, full sized spring reverb, long-tailed pair phase inverter(like deluxe reverb and larger Fender models), Mercury Magnetics output transformer, and cherry wood cabinets with hand rubbed oil finish and 12″ Eminence GA-SC64 speaker. Output is from 20W-38W depending on tubes. Uses 6V6 0r 6L6 power tubes and 5U4G or GZ34 rectifier to dial in the power and feel for your gig or recording preference.
Can also be ordered with any color Tolex covered pine cabinet.
$1950 Head $500 Cab $2350 for the pair(-200 for pine/Tolex)
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Tagged 6L6GC, 6V6, bias modulated vibrato, blackface amp, blues amp, boutique amp, chicago blues, classic rock amp, Deluxe Reverb, Eminence speaker, Fender Deluxe Reverb, Fender Princeton Reverb, hand wired, hand wired amp, point to point wiring, Princeton Reverb, spring reverb, tube rectifier, vibrolux reverb, Vintage Fender Amp, Vintage Tube Amp