The BLONDESHELL™ 63 Head
NOCTURNE BLONDESHELL™ 63
NEED the sound of a vintage blonde bassman from 1963..the 6G6-B amplifier circuit to be specific.. only want the normal channel but would love some
good tube spring reverb that doesnt suffocate your beloved delay or echo box? This amp is the ultimate pedal loving amplifier, and I've redesigned the power section to work well in small and large venues. True to the original 63' blonde but far more versatile and dimensional.
- 4ohm & 8ohm output jacks,
- bias adjustment with bias test points (change your own tubes!)
- "PLANK - F HOLE" switch to go from solid body to hollow body guitars, doubles as a lower power mode when using preamp in the front end of the amp, ala "Brain Preamp pedals. wink wink!
- Slope Switch allows you to slightly scoop the mid for a cleaner attack when desired.
- Tube Spring reverb for dimensional ambience using a full size 17" Mod spring pan.
(tech notes : allow 4-6 weeks for build time as this is a labor intensive build using a combination of Mercury Magnetic Tone clone Transformers < MM is the ONLY transformer company currently winding properly spec'd 63' 6G6-B Output transformers in production and have been in the commercial transformer business since the 50s and offer a 10yr manufacturers warrantee on their trannys>
We use hand cut and polished fiberglass epoxy heavy duty eyelet circuit boards, custom heavy duty aluminum chassis, sprague and tech electrolytics, orange drop, solen fast caps from france (oooh), mallory 150 series and silver mica caps.
Our cabs are built from fingerjointed pine
Its the combination of these products in our amp that results in one of the finest corksniffer boutique style vintage blonde amps available. I dont say this tongue in cheek. I designed it this way, cuz thats what I wanna play myself with my own gretsch guitars!! :)
Understand this is not a clone or a repro but rather a more well thought out and versatile design of the legend created to serve the working musician)
This amp works seamlessly with effects pedals and is my idea of the "perfect pedal platform" amp. I expect you to use a nice little board full of effects in front of this amp, particularly mine since the amp and the preamp pedals were designed to work hand in glove as well as overdrive, fuzz, echo, vibrato, tremelo.. This amp is MADE for this interaction.
Have a listen to Buzz Campbell play though his Blondeshell head and 212 cab (loaded w V30s) and trusty Gretsch guitar.
Here's Buzz Campbell and the Heartbreaks, check out that Blondeshell sound
note: This amp is hand built for you from the transformers, to the chassis, the cab, and speaker (combo) here in California involving several small business working in tandem. When you order the build process begins, so please take into consideration when you order that this is a non refundable purchase. Amps have a 1 yr warranty on all parts and labor, excluding tubes and shipping. Transformers have a limited warrantied by Merc Magnetics for 10yrs under normal operating conditions
Head amp weighs 30lbs & packing materials 5lbs, ship weight is based on 35lbs. Blondeshell head amp ship charges will be added after we have your order. basic cab head dimensions are 9" tall x 10" deep x 20"long.