Weï¿½re very excited to be stocking Swart amps. The brainchild of Michael Swart these small studio, home and gigging amps kick out some amazing sounds, great cleans and sweet musical overdrive.
Point to point hand wired tube loveliness.
About Swart Amplifiers
Michael Swart, long time musician and recording engineer who owns and runs a 24 track studio located in Wilmington, NC has been using vintage tube amps of yore for live gigs and studio work.
Vintage Vox, Fender, and Ampeg cycled though. Michael always found something missing in a perfect small recording amp for studio and home use that exhibited great tone and distortion characteristics, all the while, remaining flexible (and quiet) enough for recording use.
Swart then started building custom tube amps to get the exact tone he wanted. The original SPACE TONE is as a result of this need for a small studio or home amp that could provide BIG tone with quality distortion when needed. The Atomic Space Tone followed and the rest is history.
These are now Michael's most requested amplifiers for studio and gig use. Each additional Swart amp has been building on this success. Indeed, the sound is only equaled by the amazing raves. Yet nothing in this text could prepare you for the tone. You're just going to have to try one and find out for yourself. You'll never go back...
Swart Space Tone Reverb Tweed
The Swart Space Tone Reverb Tweed is a 5 watt Class A Valve amp with Reverb. Here's what Swart say about it.....
Michael never stops tweaking circuits and late one night about a month ago, we were messing around in the shop with the STR and decided it might be interesting to take this amp up one more notch, giving it more of a tweed, ST-6V6se on steroids approach. Essentially, our aim was to put a juiced circuit in a larger Space tone-esque cab, blown up in living color with top mounted controls, all with crazy good breakup/tone along with the ST-6V6se harmonic complexity that we all crave and love. Our goal was to make the most FUN AMP TO PLAY...as in EVER. Why mess around?
Yet we still wanted the cleans option, or at least some semblance of control when needed, just to give it a bit of flexibility. And of course, it had to be a bone simple circuit, tone cut sans bass/treble/mid controls, something that let all the guitar through while also having a character of its own.
Well, I cant stop playing this damn thing and it's now my FAVORITE Swart amplifier, at least this month! Yep, it's the Swart Space Tone Reverb TWEED, and if it's not the most FUN amplifier I've ever played, then I don't know what.
This is essentially the Space Tone Reverb, a circuit based on the little 5W, Class A, single-ended 6V6'R that started it all, but with new found bottom, and just amazing breakup (in my view, the BEST of the whole ST series). Of course, it has the same king hell reverb. In addition, the STR-Tweed has a switch that brings in more cleans, taming the breakup a bit when you want to tone it down.
But to tell you the truth, I haven't been able to stop smiling enough to use that switch for cleans, that's how much of a blast this amp is in "hot" mode. It really is a lot like that little ST-6V6 single-ended beast, but with that big 12" speaker, bigger cabinet vibe riding along with some Swart magic. This cabinet is actually wider and deeper than the AST, only losing a bit in the height department.
Compared to the STR, it's a bit warmer and bit hotter. This is not a subdued amp at all, sounding far bigger than you would think any 5 watts could do. And there is something magical about pure Class A single-ended, 6V6 watts, too. Lord, I love that SE breakup when everything kicks in. Who needs a pedal!?
Swart Space Tone Reverb Tweed Specifications
5W CLASS A ~ JUST INSANELY BIG TONE BREAKUP!
Single-Ended Output - Zero Negative Feedback
100% Tube Circuit - GZ34 or 5Y3 Valve Rectifier
Big Swart Tube Reverb - Foot Switchable
Hot and Clean mode Switch
Powered by choice of 6V6 ~ 6L6 ~ EL-34 (shod w/6V6)!
JJ 12AX7(2) - JJ 12DW7 - EH 6V6GT - JJ GZ34 Rectifier
Point to Point Hand Wired Circuit
Cathode Biased (no need to bias)
Carbon Comp Resistors ~ Mallory Caps
Cloth Hook-Up Wire
Hi/Lo Input for High & Low powered Pickups
Heaters referenced to ground
Standby Switch for tube warm-up, extending tube life
All Swart Amplifiers employ Star Grounding
4/8 ohm 1/4" Out - Drive other Speaker/Cabinet
Switchcraft 1/4 inch inputs and output
Custom High Quality USA Built Swart Spec Iron
Speaker: 12" Mojotone BV-30H ~ 8 ohm
Finger-Jointed, solid Pine Cab w/ Lacquer Tweed Cover
Vintage Jewel Lamp ~ Circuit Fuse Protected
Dimensions: 17" W x 9 3/4" D X 16 3/4" H (w/feet) ~ 29lbs