Vintage Sound Vintage 35sc - Black Tweed
The Vintage Sound Vintage 35sc is the amp many of you have asked for, and is offered exclusively here at Humbucker Music!
The Vintage 22sc has been extremely popular as the ultimate black face Deluxe Reverb in a single channel format (hence the "sc" in the name). But many of you have been asking for a higher headroom version with the same features. Well, here it is!
Now you can have the Deluxe Reverb tone in a 35 watt, 6L6 based, handwired amplifier in a Princeton sized 1x12 enclosure. The ultimate portable blackface!
This is a true Black Face AB763 designed single channel amp housed in a Princeton Reverb size cab, buillt with a 12" speaker, and the same Black Face circuitry found in a Black Face Deluxe Reverb style amp, only without the unused Normal channel, and the modification to a 35 watt, 6L6 based power section. They added a Mid range tone pot for better control over your EQ, a Dwell control to the back of the chassis as a second EQ for the Reverb, and a Bright/Dark Switch, so the amp would not be permanently wired in the Bright mode like the original.
The Vintage 35sc is basically a single channel, handwired 65 Deluxe Reverb circuit, only more powerful, lighter, and more portable.
And to top it off, Vintage Sound has included all the desired improvements people have made to the Deluxe Reverb circuit over the years!
What are these improvements?
1) One thing you'll notice is the addition of a "MIDDLE" tone control. This, of course, was not on the original Deluxe Reverb. So, why did Vintage Sound decide to add it in? Well, first of all, it absolutely does nothing to hurt the integrity of the circuit or tone. The original Fender circuit actually had a fixed "MIDDLE" that was set permanently at 6.8k. Vintage Sound removed this resistor from the circuit and replaced it with a much more versatile 10k potentiometer. The result is you now have the ability to adjust this frequency range without compromising the original tone. If you want it to sound precisely like a 65 Deluxe Reverb, just turn the pot to around 6-7 and you're there. You want to scoop the mids a touch, pull back. Warn the tone a bit, turn up.
2) As mentioned above, the original circuit was somewhat bright. Many people used to pull the chassis and clip the bright cap allowing a darker tone from their amp. Others, on the other hand, liked it bright. We've eliminated the trouble by including a "bright cap defeat" switch. Flip it to Bright for the original tone, or flip it to dark to essentially "clip the bright cap."
3) Also included is a very nifty reverb dwell control which is on the rear of the chassis. Obviously, this too was omitted on the original circuit, but it comes in quite handy for adjusting the amount of decay the reverb has. Nice!
4) Another smart alteration is the incorporation of a Diaz based tremolo mod and a newly designed oscillator specific to Vintage Sound Amps. This accomplishes a few things... You'll notice the Vibrato has the ability to be slower than stock Fenders. The vibrato being too fast was always a complaint people had with vintage Fender Deluxes (and still do to this day). The other advantage this gives is when you turn the dial all the way down, you switch off the vibrato circuit, bypassing it and leaving you with a cleaner, more pure signal. The result is a slightly more present tone, and a bit of a bump in volume. Furthermore, with the older Deluxe Reverbs, you can hear a "ticking" sound with the vibrato. This is caused by several design flaws in the original circuit allowing the LFO signal to leak into the audio path. These issues have been addressed with better routing of the wires, superior components, and filtering of the oscillator output.
5) EXCLUSIVE TO THE 35sc: With the 35sc, you now have external bias points standard. No more $50 upcharge!
Wattage: 35 watts
Preamp Tubes: 4 x 12AX7, 2 X 12AT7
Power Tubes: 2 x 6L6
Rectifier: 1 x 5AR4
Front Controls: Bright/Dark Switch, Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Reverb, Speed, Intensity
Rear Controls: Dwell (Very cool custom feature for controlling the reverb decay time!)
Effects: Tube Driven Spring Reverb, Tube Vibrato
Speaker: 12" : WGS G12C/S
Inputs: 2 Inputs
Auxiliary Input: RCA Footswitch Jack
Extension Speaker Jack: External Speaker Jack
Circuit Construction: All Point-to-Point, Hand-wired
Cabinet Construction: Dove-tail jointed solid pine w/Baltic Birch Plywood baffle and back panels
Pilot Light: Blue Amp Jewel
Combo Dimensions: 16" High x 19 7/8" Wide x 9 1/2" Deep
Optional Accessories: Two Button Footswitch, Padded Cover
Weight: 37 lbs
Why are we using the WGS G12C/S speakers?
Very good question! We chose the WGS G12C/S for several reasons. The G12C/S is essentially their take on the Jensen C12n, but with several refinements, such as a smoother top end, more touch sensitivity, and an overall warmer tone. Blackface amps can be quite sharp and trebly, particularly when distorted. The G12C/S addresses this very well with it's more rounded top end which is very noticeable on bright guitars like a Telecaster, etc. Furthermore, Warehouse Guitar Speakers are made here in the USA and not in China like most of today's Celestions. Added bonus!