New Gries amp

Gries Amps

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With the success of the Gries 5 I began to wonder if I could build an even more affordable head-only hand wired amp that would sound great with a variety of speaker cabs. I looked at the 5F1 circuit amps that were built from ’56 to ’64 due to their popularity but realized there was room for improvement. This amp had to have the same level of components and construction as the rest of the Gries line. The originals are great amps, however, I wanted something better suited to today’s player. After a lot of R&D, trying various components to find what worked and what didn’t, I’ve come up with a simple amp that is surprisingly versatile.

The new Gries Minnow has the following features:

Mercury Magnetics transformers

Hand wired turret board construction

Powered by a single 6V6 with a 5AR4 rectifier and 12AX7 pre amp tube

A simple circuit with no EQ that puts the tone in your hands

Volume and Master Volume controls

Much larger output transformer than a stock 5F1 for improved tone & efficiency

8 ohm output transformer that will handle any cab from 4 to 16 ohms

Available only as a head. Everyone knows a quality built cab with the right speaker(s) has a great impact on the overall tone of an amp rig; 1x12, 2x12, 4x12, 1x10, 2x10, 4x10 will all work with the Minnow. Run the cab you prefer, or call us for a matching, finger-jointed, solid pine cab.

The Minnow will be ready to go late February at a shipped cost of just…..$549.00!

Contact one of our dealers or visit our web site.
 

Twin63

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Sounds like another winner Dave. I bet it would look really nice sitting next to my Gries 5...........guess I better start working some overtime!
 

BluesForDan

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oh

my

that sounds (pun probably intended) like something I'd be verrrrrry interested in. A big iron tweed champ with volume and master. and you chose you own speaker. Pure genius.

This may be just what I needed to give me incentive to get an enclosure for my JBL D130F.
 

gep

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I had a chance to try the Minnow prototype. Tried it with a few different cabs. What a great sounding amp. I can see it being used in many different situations. It amazes me how loud these amps can get.

GEP
 

dbx

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a 3 hour tour... ;)

Good luck with the new one Dave, if it's like the 5, you'll have another winner on your hands...(I'm a MaryAnn fan myself...)
 

mainsale

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Sounds very interesting to me. Any chance of a tweed cabinet for it to match a single 15" tweed cabinet that I have?
 

Gries Amps

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Any chance of a tweed cabinet?
Sorry, no. It will be available in black, blonde, red, green, or blue tolex for now.
What are the tonal differences vs. the 5 head?
I spent some time with the two amps today. Turning the Gain up in the 5 lifts the tone stack out of the circuit. With that setting, the two amps sound very similar. Voltages in the Minnow are lower. It sounds slightly darker and breaks up slightly earlier than the 5. The key word here is "slightly". Bringing the Gain down adds the tone stack back in so the 5 can get a more blackface type of clean where the Minnow stays in the tweed camp.
 

farlowhigh

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Sounds like another winner, Dave!! I will definitely tell everyone I can about this new amp! So, this will be much more of a tweedy beast...it sounds intriguing as all the Gries amps I have heard were definitely in the blackface camp (with the exception of that cool trick with the Gries 5 where you can go tweed by dialing up the gain)...so this will have tweedy cleans? It sounds great and certainly a really reasonable price as usual!

I can't wait to hear more about this amp!
 

STORM

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Awesome Dave! I Cant Wait To Check The Minnow Out Over At Alpha Audio In Mystic, CT. Also Cant Wait To See Whats Next After That!

Looks Like Another Gries Amp For Me In Red!

Cheers!:beer
 

gkoelling

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Wow! I guess I need to hang in the manufacturer's area more often.

This amp looks perfect for recording & small gigs. :AOK
 

turtleheadblues

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Should also mention that we are now taking orders on the new Gries Minnow. At this point you can get in early and pick tolex color!

And with every amp sale a portion of the proceeds will go directly to Bob Sweet.
 




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