What makes the Classic Series "classic"? It's uncomplicated. It's clean. It's just amplification and nothing else; no tremelo, vibrato or gain switching, though we do now have a reverb model. Like the classic '59 Fender Bassman or Marshall JTM 45 it offers two inputs with options for bright or normal signal and an input level control. Like the classic '59 Bassman or JTM 45 it provides treble, middle, bass and presence controls for tone shaping. Unlike the '59 Bassman the output is switchable for 16/8/4 Ohm speaker loads. Unlike the classic '59 Bassman it has master volume control.
The 20W Series uses specially designed power and output transformers for a nominal output power of 20W. The ultimate power and sonic signature depends on the output transformer, rectifier, output tubes and output tube bias. With solid state rectification and fixed bias the output power at compression will be about 22W. With tube rectification the output will be about 17-18W. With cathode bias the power will be lower, nominally 15-16W with the tube rectifier. With EL84 tubes and the "standard" output transformer the "vibe" will be that of the Marshall 1958 or Vox AC15. With 6V6 output tubes and the standard output transformer the sound will be a bit more like a '60s Fender Deluxe. With either EL84s or 6V6s (especially the 6V6) and our "blues" transformer the Classic 20 can be a great blues or classic rock amp. A Club has a sound all it's own. These comparisons are intended to give a general idea of the tonal differences based on the choice of tubes. We stock a few "precision" output transformers, but don't promote any standard product with this transformer.
Available as "standard"
Head with EL84 or 6V6 output tubes, fixed bias, solid state or tube rect, your choice of std or blues output transformer
Combo in 1x10, 1x12 or 1x15 format with electronics as above.
As above, with 2x10 or 2x12 speakers. This can be excellent for the medium club environment, but we actually recommend a 1x10 or 1x12 combo with an extension cab (we recommend 1x15) for larger gigs. The 2 speaker combos really sound great, but they are not as flexible in terms of volume control.
30W Series (see standard combo options in 20W section)
The 30W series has many options and possibilities. With solid state rectification the actual power output is over 36W at compression. The same basic comments regarding tube rectification vs solid state apply. With the 30W series the output tubes can be 4xEL84, 2x6L6/5881 or 2xEL34. 6L6/5881 amps have what I call the Fender "bite" where-as EL34s have the "glassy" yet muscular tone of a Marshall. This comment would apply to the standard output transformer. The blues transformer option shifts the timbre in a way that we describe as "smokey", no matter what the tube type. We favor the blues output with 5881 tubes. Each tube and transformer option will be uniquely "Club", but the tubes do have a sonic signature that many of you understand.
Available as "standard"
30 head or combo with 2 x 5881 output tubes, or 2 x EL34 output tubes ,fixed bias, tube rect, std or blues output transformer. The blues output with 5881 in 2x12 combo format is popular.
35W head or combo with 2 x 6L6/5881 or 2 x EL34 output tubes, fixed bias, solid state rect, std or blues output transformer.
50W Series (see standard combo options in 20W section)
Your power will depend on the choice of rectifier; closer to 50W with a tube rectifier and 6L6 output tubes, closer to 60W with solid state rectifier and EL34 output tubes. The 50W series is only offered standard with fixed bias. We stock both the standard and blues output transformers.