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Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Reverb, Tremolo Speed and Intensity plus a Master Volume
1x 12AX7 Preamp
1x 12AT7 Reverb Driver
1x 12AX7 Reverb Return and Recovery
1x 12AX7 Tremolo Circuit
1x 12AT7 Phase Inverter
2x 6L6GC Output Tubes
1x 5AR4 Rectifier Tube
Two Buttons Footswitch Controls Reverb and Tremolo
Bias Test Points
Power Amp In
DIMENSION AND WEIGHT:
22" (W) x 18.5" (H) x 9" (D)
This Tube rectified 40 watt amp features lush reverb and hypnotizing bias wiggle tremolo as found on those brownface amps coming out of California in 1963. Front controls include Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Reverb, Tremolo Speed and Intensity plus a Master Volume. The rear panel has 4 and 8 Ohm Speaker Outputs, Bias Test Points, Preamp Out and Power Amp In. A two button footswitch controls the reverb and tremolo. As on most Longhorn Amps, there is an easy to get to potentiometer on the top of the chassis for setting output tube bias.
Single Button Footswitch Controls Two Different Gain Levels
DIMENSION AND WEIGHT:
20" (W) x 16.5" (H) x 9" (D)
This is a 25 watt tube rectified cathode biased amp. Think about the nastiest tweed deluxe amp you have ever heard then put that on steroids!! It features 2 inputs each for Bright and Normal Channels. You will probably always plug into the Bright Channel, as the normal channel is pretty dark sounding. The Normal Channel is however very useful for fattening up the sound when you jumper the two channels. Controls are simple, Normal Volume, Bright Volume and Tone. A single button footswitch controls two different gain levels.
One of Longhorn Amps customers, Sid Farrow, made this comment about the amp.
"I would stress how interactive the two volume knobs are. First set the normal channel volume knob at 6 and plug into the bright channel and find the sweet spot in that channel. Then with the normal volume knob dial in, or out, the amount of "warmth" that you desire. Then you can jumper the two channels to get a more saturated sound, while still retaining the clear strong bottom end sound the amp has to begin with. The low input (#2) in the bright channel is a very usable input as well. Also the amp doesn't really even need pedals but the 'Bandito' really takes pedals well and sounds equally good with single coils or humbuckers."
All the tone you've come to expect from Longhorn Amps but in a smaller package with a sound as big as Texas!
The Stampede is similar to what Terry Wright (owner, designer and builder of Longhorn Amps) did with his El Vaquero and El Patron models in that The Stamped is a "D" style amp but The Stampede has an output section truer to the originals (no cathode follower driver stage). Also, The Stampede is a "hight plate" design which makes it a bit more gainier than the El Vaquero or El Patron.
The reverb section in The Stampede is much like what Terry used in the Texas True Tone and El Patron amps however in The Stampede the entire reverb circuit can be bypassed via the footswitch. This not only gives you the option of reverb or not but also allows you to have a signal path truer to the "D" style, or to access the added gain that the reverb circuit provides even with the reverb knob on the front panel set at minimum.
The Stamped features a mid-boost accessible via the footswitch, giving The Stampede a more mid-rich compressed tone.
The overdrive section in The Stampede is similar to the El Vaquero and El Patron, very smooth and singing, but with a bit more gain.
Three position bright switch:
Position 1: add brightness to the clean channel only
Center: Bright off
Position 2: adds brightness to both the clean and overdrive channels