Swart SST 30 Comparison

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  1. Artifact

    Artifact Supporting Member

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    I've looked over the various posts on Swart amps but still have the following question: What amp (not made by Swart) sounds most like the Swart SST 30? Thx for your help.
     
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  2. Artifact

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    Trying to talk myself out of a purchase. Can you help me? What bases does the SST 30 cover best? Thx
     
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    I've played the SST-30 many times, and it really is an amazing amp. It's on my next amp list.


    It's pretty hard to describe the SST-30 because it really does have it's own sound.

    I would say it's sort of a mix of a really good Tweed amp with a little Blackface mixed in. The clean is a little thicker than your average Tweed, and as you crank it, it just get's bigger, sweeter, and browner. It's also very round with a nice sweet midrange. The hi/lo inputs and hi/lo gain switch also gives you many tone options....clean, slightly dirty, fuzzy dirty, to full brown over driven tones.

    It's also very open sounding with a fantastic master volume.


    The reverb reminds me of an old Ampeg, nothing like the traditions Fender reverb. It really surrounds the note, not splash on top. The tremolo is also very sweet and warm.

    I would describe it as something close to a bigger Tweed Deluxe or Super with 6V6's, or close to a bigger Fender Tweed when using bigger power tubes like 6L6GC's or 5881's, but with some Blackface tossed in. With EL34's it can sound more British in tone.


    It doesn't have a lot of clean headroom, but overall an amazing sounding amp.


    I'm sure there's a few guys here that can give you more detail input and will chime in soon.
     
  4. Artifact

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    Porterburst,

    Thx, exactly the kind of info I am seeking.
     
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    If you get one, you owe it to yourself to try it in a closed back w/Scumnicos.
     
  6. Artifact

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    Anyone else have any input before I shut this down? Thx
     
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    Porterburst really nailed it earlier. The wide range of tones that can come from this amp makes it the most versitile of the bunch in my opinion. I've had mine for almost 3 years and I still couldn't think of ever wanting to buy another amp.
     
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    i ditched everything else i had ... kept my swart ast mkii.
    amazing, versatile, super light weight amps.
    enjoy
     
  9. Artifact

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    Thx for the input. Sounds like I need to sell a guitar to buy this amp.
     
  10. porterburst

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    I thought about doing the same. I love the SST!
     

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