I owned one for a while and it was a great amp. I bought it from Billy when he was making them out of Outlaw Guitars about 8-10 years ago. It was a fantastic amp and Billy is a first class guy who will go above and beyond to satisfy his customers.
I sold mine cause it was more on the Fender side of the street and I was evolving more on the Marshall side. I know he has a lot more models now and he is a demon with a Tele in his hands.
I have a Penn Pennalizer 50 1X12 Reverb combo. The cleans are in the Fender camp but the reverb is different. It has a ducking quality to it. It has an effective master and a surprising amount of overdrive available and really can rock as well as do great in-between tones. The overdrive has a thick tweed bassman kind of tone but goes into Marshall JMP territory with the gain maxed.
I've heard a number of the modern-type Penn amps. Quite loud and rocking for their size and wattage, no problem cutting through, with an excellent reverb you can really crank. They're good amps, not quite to my taste. The one tweed type Penn I heard was very much to my taste. Looked like a Pro, but blended bits of several tweed circuits. Had a Weber ceramic speaker. A beautiful, loud amp with its own voice. Some players I respect swear by Billy Penn, and now I know why.
anyone have contact info on billy penn. i'm trying to order one and can't get him. he's answered an email once or twice, but i'm getting the feeling that he's not much of an emailer. RandyMorser@aol.com
I've played through several Penns. The best by far was a somewhat tricked out tweed pro looking amp. I think it had larger transformer, the later bassman phase inverter circuit. Can't remember. 35 watts, 2 x 6L6, Weber 15F150-O speaker in it. One of best I've played yet. Would have bought it (used at a Guitar Center), but it had at least one microphonic preamp tube, a big rip in the grill cloth, and they would not get real on the price. That thing sounded GREAT.
+1 on a Tweed Pro with 1 -12 weber alnico ..... Sounded great till I sold it .
Made some great music out of that bad boy .....Sold it for microphone money (ouch) .Seemed to be beefier and cleaner than the usual 35w tweed .Billy was very on the case with advice via email even though I bought it used .