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Five Tube Amp

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The 5 has been our most popular amp since its introduction in 2006.  It is based on the blackface Champ with many added features and upgrades.  The Mercury Magnetics output transformer, the larger cabinet, and the Eminence 12" speaker allow the amp to be louder with greater low end than the original amps ever could.  A Midrange control and pull bright switch have been added to the tone stack for greater flexibility.  The Gain control blends the tone stack out of the circuit for greatly increased gain and midrange.  When the Gain is up full, the amp is essentially a tweed Champ.  The Gain control is also foot switched and can be used to toggle between a clean rhythm tone and a louder, more distorted tone for leads.  A Master Volume control allows you to dial in as much distortion as needed with the Volume & Gain controls at any volume.  Also available as a head.

    Controls: Volume, Gain with Pull Bright Switch, Treble, Mid, Bass, Master Volume

Tubes: 12AX7, 6V6 or 6L6, 5AR4

Dimensions: 20"w x 16"h x 9 1/2"d.  31 lbs.

Forty Tube Amp

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 Like the 15, the 40 is based on the Marshall JTM45 or 5F6A Bassman.  In place of the Presence control is a very useful Master Volume.  Built with Mercury Magnetics power & output transformers, Heyboer choke, Switchcraft jacks, Carling switches, Sprague, F&T, & Mallory 150 capacitors.   Celestion G12M-65 Creamback speaker.  And my favorite part: The aluminum chassis is manufactured in Lancaster, CA - Frank Zappa's home town during his high school years.

Controls: Volume, Bright Volume, Treble, Midrange, Bass, Master Volume, Standby, Power

 Tubes: 12AX7 (3), 6L6 (2), 5AR4

 Dimensions: 24"w, 20"h, 9"d.  43 lbs.


Fifteen Tube Amp

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The Gries 15.  The preamp is based on the JTM45/5F6A.  Two 6V6 power tubes, adjustable fixed bias with convenient test points.  Post phase inverter master volume.  Two pairs of inputs, Normal & Bright.  20 watts1x12 combo with Celestion G12M-65 Creamback speaker.  Baltic birch ply cabinet with salt & pepper grill cloth & white piping.

Controls: Volume, Bright Volume, Treble, Midrange, Bass, Master Volume, Standby, Power

 Tubes: 12AX7 (3), 6V6 (2), 5AR4

 Dimensions: 24"w, 20"h, 9"d.  39 lbs.