the "flip-top" amps of the 1960's, the new Gries Bass 45 produces that same warm, round, thick tone while adding
features and circuit enhancements not present in the originals. It starts with the Baxandall
tone stack - Volume, Treble, & Bass controls are all that's needed. 12AX7 preamp
$ 12AT7 phase inverter tubes are used instead of 6SL7's. The 2x6L6GC output section is considerably more efficient,
producing 45 watts. Other features include high- and low-sensitivity inputs, switchable 4 & 8 ohm speaker impedance,
Mercury Magnetics power transformer, Hammond output transformer, tube rectifier, choke filtered power supply, and adjustable
fixed bias with convenient test points and adjustment pot. 20" w, 9 1/2" t, 9 1/2" d.
23 lbs. Only $1099.
I've been using the first Bass 45 for about four months through an Aguilar DB210 or an Eden Ex112. I play G&L L2500's, fretted
& fretless, and a Fender American Vintage '62 P bass. The amp has been used
in jazz trios & quartets, pit orchestras,
church services, and a 17 piece big band. In each of these settings the amp has been plenty loud and
the tone is always fat & warm.
amp pictured is the prototype. The faceplate on production amps will look slightly different.
Gries Amplifiers (pronounced "Grice") are based on the classic tube amps
built from the late 50's to the mid 60's. All amps feature modern circuit enhancements and improved construction
methods and components.
The 35, 12 and 5 now feature "blackface"
style grill cloth as standard. Photos will be updated soon.
All Gries handmade amplifiers feature point-to-point
wiring on G10 turret boards; chassis-mounted pots, switches, jacks, and tube sockets; aluminum or steel chassis; and Tolex-covered
solid pine or Baltic birch plywood cabinets with 1/2" birch plywood baffles.
We use Mercury Magnetics, Heyboer, & Hammond transformers, Eminence speakers, Carling
switches, Switchcraft & Cliff jacks, Sprague Atom, F&T, M150, Mojo Dijon, & Orange Drop capacitors,
and JJ, Tube Amp Doctor, & Electro Harmonix tubes.