Jackson Ampworks Britain 30 Head & Cab - Surf Green
The Jackson Ampworks Britain 30 is the latest rendition of the Britain series amps. Essentially, you get the front end of the Britain 4.0, with the power section from the renowned Newcastle 30, and more! You also get an overall TONE control as well as a power scaling Master Volume.
Channel 1 is an EF86 based preamp with a footswitchable boost circuit that true bypasses the tone stack resulting in a substantial boost in volume, gain and purity. Channel 1 is considered the dirty channel and offers a broad frequency response that works to deliver your instruments true voice with minimal coloring or artifacts.
Channel 2 is a 12AX7 based Top-Boost preamp that balances perfectly against Channel 1 by providing pristine clean tones, incredible headroom, and articulation. This channel, which was designed to remain clean longer than Channel 1, embodies the definition of clean British tone but is enhanced with increased richness and depth.
Channels 1 and 2 are internally linked so that the use of the input labeled "1/2" sends the guitars signal to both channels equally. With this, each channel is active along with its associated tone controls and blending of the two channels is as simple as adjusting the Volume control for each channel. The advantage lies in the ability to blend Channels 1 and 2 together while still allowing tonal shaping of each channel via their Treble and Bass controls.
Plugging into the input labeled "2" breaks the internal connection to Channels 1 and 2 thereby allowing them to function independently. This feature allows the musician to use a completely different signal chain (floor based effects etc.) for each channel if desired, and is fully expanded by the use of an ABY box to select channels 1, 2 or both.
Now, what also makes this amp quite special is the "Power" control on the front. It's actually more of a "Master Voltage" than a "Master Volume". What this means is it varies the high voltage being sent to the power section ranging from 30 Watts Class A down to 1/th of a watt Class A.
Power: 30 Watts (scalable down to 1/8th Watt)
Tubes: Power: 4 x EL84, Preamp: 1 x EF86, 3 x 12AX7
Controls: Channel 1 - Volume, Treble, & Bass Channel 2 - Volume, Treble, & Bass Master Tone, Master Volume (Power Scaling)
Rear Panel: Speaker Jacks , 8/16 Ohms Switch, Power Switch, Standby Switch, Dual Effects Loops, Footswitch (for Channel 1 Boost)
Construction: Point to Point, All Hand Wired
Head Dims: 14" x 8.5" x 8.25"
The Jackson Ampworks Britain 30 is hand built right here in the USA using Mallory 150 Series Capacitors, Carbon Film Resistors, Genuine Carling Switches, Cathode Bias, Custom Wound Overspec Power and Output Transformers, Handwired Turret Board Construction, Genuine Neutrik Jacks, Anodized Aluminum Chassis, Laser Engraved Stainless Steel Panels, and 13 Ply Baltic Birch Cabinet with Dovetail Joints
1x12 Dual Ported Cab
This 1x12 Dual Ported cabinet is impressive. It was designed to be a small, lightweight cab that delivers solid bottom end out of a single speaker. It delivers mids and highs like a well designed open back cab, while emphasising lows that are smooth and punchy like a classic 4x12 cab. They features two ports that run vertically along the left and right side of the cabinet and allows the sound waves that come from the back of the speaker to be directed via precise baffles and shelves out the front of the cabinet. Months of research and development went into creating precise dimensions for the ports that ensure that the sound waves coming from the ports are in phase with the sound waves coming from the front of the speaker. These sound waves when aligned with each other work to augment and fatten the tone of the speaker!
These cabs are constructed with 13-ply Baltic Birch and feature Dovetail joints for unparalleled strength, rigidity and tone. Also included is an all steel handle that is recessed into the cabinet for easier carry, a genuine Switchcraft jack for reliable operation and 12AWG speaker wire for unrestricted tone and performance.
Dimensions: 22" wide, 17" Tall, 11.5" Deep
Weight: 24 lbs unloaded