Some newly screened covers, faceplates, and a custom footswitch.Thanks to Maria at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative!
Just finished another Sweet build. This PreBS 15+ is a prototype model with circuitry based more on a Deluxe Reverb than a Princeton Reverb. It sports the long-tailed pair phase inverter for a smoother/less fizzy distortion when pushed.
Other features include:
18 W output from two 6V6 power tubes, 12″ Mojotone BV-25M(greenback style) speaker, Mercury Magnetics output transformer, push-pull bright switch and negative feedback control on rear panel for richer overdrive harmonics(adds a bit of british flavor to my ear). A truely Sweet potent and portable gigging and recording amp!
This one is for sale at Chicago Fret Works now! $1500
Another PreBS 20+ this time in brown western tolex with cane grillcloth. Features Mercury Magnetics transformers, a custom 1×12″ + 1×10″ baffle loaded with Mojotone and Eminence speakers, mid boost, push/pull bright switch and a custom footswitch for reverb, vibrato and negative feedback boost. Uses 6V6(20W) or 6L6(35W) power tubes for versatile gigging and recording options. The amp that does it all!
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!
$799 – SOLD 3/29/14
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.