New Amp Day- Swart Atomic Space Tone Jr.

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  1. SFT

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    Dirty little amp. 10x better through a Klon. Loud for 5 watts. Fun little box.
     
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    Swart "Atomic Tone King"???? Never heard of it.... (neither has Swart?)
     
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    Oops. My bad. Too much bourbon. I also have a Tone King amp as well....lol.
     
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    Anyone run 6L6's in these? Curious to hear how it sounds. Unfortunately, my Vibroverb is in the shop, so I have to wait before I can try them out.
     
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    Not a bad problem to have...

    I've been Gassing for an AST Master for a couple years now, and a Swart for many years... (can't do the AST rear-mounted controls...but it's sublime, one of the most toneful amps I've ever plugged into)
     
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    To be honest, having the controls in the back IS a pain in the ass. I'm definitely spoiled with the reverb on my other amps, because this one is only....okay. I could definitely live without it. Have to have the Tone control cranked to 10 otherwise it sounds too dark. Very cool amp, but definitely a one trick pony. I suppose for a 5 watt amp, expecting any clean headroom is pretty much a pipe dream though.
     
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    Swart's stuff is about the most fun you can have with just guitar --> amp. I love his designs.
     
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    In all fairness, I've only plugged a Les Paul and a Strat into it, as my other guitars (Tele and Ibanez AS-200 Semi-hollow body are in the shop).
     
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    I have the 6V6SE which is the same amp but sans reverb.

    I do like it better with 6L6 and a 12AY7. Also, if you have one, run it through a 2x12 cab. It's awesome. I hate the little Weber 8" speaker. But plugging it into a 2X12 just makes it roar. I use my PRS McCarty P90 with solid RW neck and a Blackstone OD with the Catalinbread Echorec. Just some nice and good, dirty vintage tones.
     
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    Smoking amp man. I'd love one of those one day! Tiny, killer reverb, sounds fantastic.
     
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    I'm telling you, the Klon sends it into heavy overdrive bliss. I will try and post a demo if I can ever figure out how the heck to upload to this forum. Getting a Bondi Sick As in the mail in a few days which I have a feeling will make this amp smoke even more.
     
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    I've had an AST for a couple of years. The tremolo is the best of any amp I've ever owned or heard.

    A little correction: it's around 20W, not 5W. I like to set it to the edge of breakup, around 7-8. But the soundmen at small venues tell me to turn it down. :(
     
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    there's some confusion, clearly the amp from the original poster is an atomic JR (5w with reverb), not an AST as stated. ASTs are 15-20w push-pull amps, and quite good ones I might add.
     
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    These are cool little amps. I've always wondered what they could do hooked up to a bigger speaker cab.
     
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    Congrats! Love my junior. I play it with all sorts of pickups and use the feedback switch when I want more grind. The amp takes pedals well too. My Les Paul with P-90s and feedback switch = Stones.
     
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    Slight detour... I'd be interested to know how the feedback switch changes the tone and feel of the amp? Thanks. :)
     
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    Swarts are my favorite amps in the world. I use an AST and recently got a ST-45. Both never cease to blow my mind.
     

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