65amps' London 18-watt head is inspired by the best low-powered guitar amplifiers of the mid-1960s. This dual-EL84, cathode-biased, handwired Class A design sports two distinct preamp channels that deliver a huge range of tasty tone that's dripping with warmth, depth, and harmonic richness. This amp is totally addictive - extremely dynamic and responsive to your pick attack. The London features 65amps' innovative Bias Tremolo and Bump control, and comes with a 2-button footswitch. Get everything from classic British Invasion chime to the creamy harmonic saturation of modern boutique amps, with 65amps' London.65amps London Guitar Amp Head at a Glance
- Two distinct channels give you a breathtaking range of tone
- Bias Tremolo - why you can't live without it
- The alluring sound of EL84s
- Vintage vibe is baked into this amp
- 65amps: by guitarists, for guitarists
Two distinct channels give you a breathtaking range of tone
The London is a 2-channel amp, but 65amps implements this quite differently from how you'd expect. The 12AX7-based Tremolo channel delivers your vintage British blues and rock tones, with a single tone knob and 65amps' unique and organic-sounding Bias Tremolo (activated by the included footswitch) that preserves your pick attacks by actuating after you hit your notes and tremming the decay. The Color Channel is EF86 (pentode)-based, with a tone knob and 6-way color switch that adjusts your mid focus. This channel gives you classic British Invasion sound until you hit the Bump switch and start to push it, whereupon it slides into the ultra-rich harmonic saturation that's the calling card of many modern boutique amp designs.
Bias Tremolo - why you can't live without it
Love vintage tremolo? At AudioBuy.com.au Australia, we do too - but what we're not overly fond of is losing the attack of our notes when the trem just happens to be in the Southerly region of its cycle. So 65amps fitted the London with their innovative Bias Tremolo that preserves your pick attack by actuating after you hit your notes and tremming the decay. (65amps jokingly refers to it as "Aftertrem.") This lets you play naturally and deploy the tremolo on a wide range of guitar parts where you would never think of using a conventional trem. Trust us - once you've tried Bias Tremolo, you won't want to be without it.
The alluring sound of EL84s
Along with the EL34, the EL84 tube powered the British Invasion. This narrow, tall, 9-pin output tube (valve, in the parlance of our cousins across the pond) is often used in Class A circuits, which favor sweet, harmonic saturation over output efficiency. Hence its inclusion in many classic amps in the 15-30-watt range. With its characteristic warm bottom and chimey, sparkling highs, the EL84 exhibits a midrange that gets crunchy and aggressive when you push it. The EL84, of course, drove the Beatles' backline. 'Nuff said.
Vintage vibe is baked into this amp
With its outstanding touch response and rich harmonic content, 65amps' London instantly reminds you of the tastiest vintage tube amps you've ever played. It's even got a tube rectifier. When it comes to electric guitar tone, vintage, of course, is where it's at. But that doesn't mean that the best amps of yesteryear were perfect. Far from it. Drawing on over 50 years of collective amp-design wisdom, 65amps has studied and made note of what works - and what doesn't. And as the two principals of the company are both pro guitarists, they have a few additional items on their wish lists that take a great vintage-inspired amp design and put it over the top in terms of tone, reliability, and usable features.
65amps: by guitarists, for guitarists
65amps' Dan Boul and Peter Stroud are guitarists first and amp design engineers second. Peter also happens to be Sheryl Crow's guitarist. Now, like many savvy performers these days, Sheryl prefers to keep her stage volumes low. Low stage volumes equate to cleaner house and monitor mixes - and ultimately result in better performances. It was the need for a robust and roadworthy low-powered guitar amp that sounds as rich and complex as larger tube amps that led to the formation of 65amps. With the luxury of looking back on more than a half-century of guitar amp designs, Peter and Dan were able to identify strengths and weaknesses, and come up with innovative, modern designs that deliver tasty vintage tone, modern reliability, and enhanced usability.65amps London Guitar Amp Head Features
- 2 channels; immense range of tone that accentuates the individuality of each guitar
- Tremolo channel: 12AX7; Cut, Speed, Intensity, Tone, Volume, high/low inputs
- Color channel: Premium EF86 (pentode); Color, Tone, Bump switch, Volume, high/low inputs
- Output: 18W; 2 matched premium EL84 tubes
- Phase inverter: Premium 12AX7; Rectifier tube: Sovtek 6CA4/EZ81
- Footswitch input jack, dual speaker outs, switch for 8/16 ohm impedance
- Finger-jointed Baltic birch cabinet
- Footswitch included
- Handcrafted in Southern California
Vintage vibe, boutique features: it's 65amps' London!
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