I have been periodically visiting the Swart Amps web site, as well as Fat Sound Guitars- any word on some sound clips? Look forward to any information, and some first hand accounts on the merits of the amps. Thanks -Steve
Originally posted by Dennis E.
I was just at FatSound today, and played the 20 watter. It was great ... as Stu stated: "a little bit of blackface, a little bit of tweed, a little bit of Marshall, some Supro, and some Brownface too. But it's got it's own thing going on."
All I know is that it sounded great! It's got a great reverb, and a vibrato circuit that reminds me of my Brown Princeton ... psychedelic!!
But the cool thing is that you can go from a lush, crystal clear clean sound, to balls-out rocking crunch chords with the flick of the pickup switch.
Plus, it's 20 watts, but not overly loud. Some 20 watters are REALLY loud ... 65 amps, Aiken, %13 come to mind. This amp isn't that loud. But it's got a really beautiful pallette of sounds that are available to you with just the twist of a knob, or the flick of your pickup selector. And while not overly loud, it does sound VERY full ... it doesn't lack any of the frequency spectrum.
IF I were in the market for a small, grab and go amp for small clubs of recording ... this would be hard to pass on. VERY HARD. I wasn't looking for amps today, but this one definitely turned my head.
Sorry that I can't be more helpful than that. You'll be hearing lots of good stuff about these as days go by.
Bottom line ... it was a fun amp to play ... I didn't want to stop.
Originally posted by Stu/Fat Sound
It was great to see you yesterday!
It means a lot to me that you dig the Swart. You have some awefully great gear and the chops to back up your opinions.
Thanks for helping to spread the word about these amps.
Originally posted by GAT
One of these days I've got to get to Fat Sound, hell, I probably own at least the bathroom!! 2-3 weeks and I'll see what all the fuss is about!
Originally posted by trisonic
Fat Sound is a great place to visit.
Too many years ago was the first and last time I set foot in Stu's Emporium (on the advice of Dean/PinkStrat). English guy from Capitol walks in off the street and buys up Stu's entire inventory of Scalar strings in 10-46.
I doubt if Stu would remember but I felt totally at home there.
Funny thing is that just a couple of miles away is a CD Mastering suite that is the only one in the World that Pink Floyd will use (or would); interesting area indeed.
Originally posted by lterenzi
Hey everyone -
I grabbed a Swart from Stu to give it a go at a gig with my band Hi Fi Royale. (www.hifiroyale.com) We are a 4-'s and 50's jump, rock, and blues outfit and when I played this thang in the shop I got weak in the knees. Not since getting my Maz 18 (also from Stu/Fat Sound - Is there really a reason to buy anywhere else?) have I actually heard an amp that I wanted to play through live.
Stu was kind enough to lend me his personal Swart. I got out there plugged it in and just wept. I have always been partial to twin speaker amps. I like the air they push out, the fuller sound, all that jazz. But the Swart had all that and more. It had perfect definition from the highest highs to the lowest lows. My #1 is a 1962 Silvertone H62. Favored by jump and 50's blues nuts. Killer guitar, nails the out of phase tone that T-Bone Walker etc. got. Problem is it tends to be a bit boomy on the low end. I deal with it because in my larger band, an 8 piece jump, blues and R&B outfit, I need more bottom end and the power my Maz 18 puts out. In Hi Fi Royale it tends to be a little too boomy but the overall tone is so good I deal. Well the Swart took care of that problem. I played better than I have in a long time. I was inspired. For me the best word i can use is vintage. And I dont mean some knock-off, replica vintage. I mean this thing sounds like it came from Chess Studios circa 1955. Dripping reverb, and just the fattest swirling trem I have heard from an amp.
We kicked into T-Bone Shuffle, We play a drop dead version from T-Bone Blues circa late 50's early 60's. It was as if the record was playing.
BONUS - It sounds just as amazing turning the amp around so you get the sound out of the back. Easier to get at the controls too...
And with all that it's one of the best looking amps I have laid eyes on.
One of these amps will be in my permanent collection very soon. Stu - Dont you need about $1700 worth of design and web work anytime soon??