Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by SFT, Apr 30, 2015.
Dirty little amp. 10x better through a Klon. Loud for 5 watts. Fun little box.
Swart "Atomic Tone King"???? Never heard of it.... (neither has Swart?)
Oops. My bad. Too much bourbon. I also have a Tone King amp as well....lol.
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.
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)
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.
Swart's stuff is about the most fun you can have with just guitar --> amp. I love his designs.
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).
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.
wait, what amp is this/
Smoking amp man. I'd love one of those one day! Tiny, killer reverb, sounds fantastic.
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.
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.
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.
These are cool little amps. I've always wondered what they could do hooked up to a bigger speaker cab.
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.
Slight detour... I'd be interested to know how the feedback switch changes the tone and feel of the amp? Thanks.
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.