Wilco at Chicago Theater

Finally got to see Pat Sansone’s  Sweet Sansonic in action with Wilco. He’s using it for guitar and keyboards on the supporting tour of the Wilco Schmilco album. A nice pure guitar/amp contrast to Nels Cline’s lo-fi effect pedal noise guitar textures. A true proffessional and a pleasure to work with!



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PreBS 15+

The latest PreBS 15+ completed and out the door! Vintage on the outside but built for the ages.  A Blackface style combo with more…everything! 6V6 or 6L6 output tubes, 12″ Mojotone BV-30H 12″ speaker, push-pull bright, midboost, and feedback controls give this Princeton style amp traditional tones plus more versatility and the ability to keep up with a drummer in live situations.

As one of my recent clients put it, “this is all you need, man!”

Sold!

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PreBS T6 Solid Cherry

Just fininshed this PreBS T6 collaboration with my dad. He built the cab from solid cherry wood and gave it a hand rubbed oil finish. Looks as good as the Shaker style furniture that he builds! It’s my version of a Tweed Princeton but with a 10″ speaker and a 3-way gain/character switch for a versatile little practice and recording rig.     SOLD!

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PreBS 15+ Cocoa Levant

Another PreBS 15+ completed, this time in cocoa levant tolex with cane grillcloth. It’s got oversized Mercury Magnetics transformers for 6V6 or 6L6 power tubes, push-pull bright and mid-boost, negative feedback control and a super clean neo Jensen Tornado(in disguise with alnico bell cover).

SOLD!


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PreBS T5 Brown Western

Another Sweet T5 build is completed! This time wearing brown western tolex and cane grill cloth. An 8″ Weber signature ceramic speaker makes this one roar! It is suprisingly loud and the new 3 position rotary gain switch gives this simple cicuit more versatility than your average Champ. Great for practice, recording and even small gigs or jam sessions.

A lot of bang for the buck!  Just $799    SOLD!

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Sugar Baby

The first Sweet amp with cascading gain stages is here! First in the new “Sugar family” amp line is the Sugar Baby. Dial in just the right amount of breakup at just the right volume. Cleans up like a Fender amp and crunches like a Marshall. Great tones from bedroom volume to stage volume. 18W output from a pair of EL84 output tubes will keep up with a drummer and look good doing it. Grey sparkle tolex and white cane grill cloth set this one apart from clones, re-issues, and other boutique builds.

A real Blues Junior killer! Featuring an Eminence Cannabis Rex hemp cone speaker, Mercury Magnetics OT, full sized tube driven reverb tank, presence control, premium coupling caps, Switchcraft jacks and point to point wiring, there is nothing left to upgrade. Coming soon, the Sugar Mama. Similar to the Sugar Baby but with more power from a pair of EL34s and bigger trannies.



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PreBS T5-6 Alligator

The latest PreBS T5-6 just shipped out to http://brianhowardguitars.com/ and will hopefully be used to demo his hand crafted guitars and repairs. This one features a 6″ Jensen alnico speaker, NOS 5V4G rectifier, Jupiter coupling caps, and a 3 position rotary gain switch for more versatile practice/recording tonal options. The alligator Tolex and cane grill cloth are extra classy to boot! My new favorite color combo! Happy birthday Brian!

Sold!

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BR112

This special one off PreBS 20+ has a custom faceplate for it’s Italian owner, Chicago bluesman, Breezy Rodio. Traditional black Tolex and aged silver grill cloth with a single red stripe for a bit of flair sets it apart from re-issues and other Deluxe Reverb clones. It’s got Mercury Magnetics trannys for 6L6 or 6V6 power tubes and a single 12″ neodymium speaker to save weight. This one will get lots of stage time as Breezy is one of the hardest working musicians in Chicago!

SOLD!

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PreBS T5-6

These two PreBS T5 builds were inspired by a recent repair on Jeff Tweedy’s #1 1957 Fender Champ. They feature 6″ speakers as used in the early 50′s Champs. The smaller speaker gives an earlier breakup and distinctive growling roar which is great for recording and a whole lot of fun for practicing. The laquered tweed model features era correct Mercury Magnetics output transformer and Weber signature alnico speaker while the black with white racing stripe model has a Jensen alnico P-6V speaker and slightly stiffer filtering and a NOS 5V4 rectifier tube for a bit less sag. Both builds feature a 3-position gain switch which connects/disconnects the cathode cap in the pre-amp and the negative feedback from the output transformer to dial in just the right amount of harmonics and distortion.  Sounds like a Marshall stack cranked but at a reasonable volume and much smaller package. Rock on!

$850 each     Both SOLD!



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Figured Harwood Cabinets

Just teamed up with my dad, who builds beautiful Shaker style furniture, to offer custom solid harwood cabinets as an upgrade to new Sweet builds. Pictured is a figured walnut PreBS 15 cab and a solid cherry PreBS 20 cab. Both finished with a hand rubbed custom oil/varnish mix. Polyurethane sprayed finish is also available if a glossy look is preffered. Baffle configuration and grill cloth style can be custom selected.


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