the latest addition to the Swart family.. The STR-Tremolo!
The STR-Tremolo has the same soul and Point to Point Hand Wired Circuit as the STR-Tweed, just with:
* The addition of a great tremolo stage (along with
same quality Reverb stage)
* The addition of a 3 way EQ Switch that makes the
STR-Trem more flexible
* As stock in the original STR 60s style cab & a
limited run of AST Style Tweed cabs!
The STR-Tremolo has slightly less gain than the STR-Tweed as the
Tremolo section will take place of the extra gain stage in half of the
12AX7. On the other hand, it will still have much of the STR-Tweed's
great tone, immediacy, growl, and touch sensitivity. Drop in the Atomic
Boost, and you get it back and more. We really dig this amp!
As opposed to the STR-Tweed, the new cabs for this STR-Tremolo are a
touch deeper to fit the Celestion Blue and Gold or many other slightly
deeper speakers. Swart thought the Celestion Blue was AMAZING in
the amp but did have a bit less bottom fullness at lower levels, much
like any alnico vs a good ceramic. The BV-30 is such a great
compromise of tone, great breakup, and nice fullness for a 5w
As for the tremolo, it's not easy to get great trem with low wattage
single-ended designs and this is among the best I've personally heard,
with a nice range of speed and good depth. But the
amp sounds great with it off, too. Back the depth to zero
and let her rip and you'll be grinning ear to ear.