'78 Special

American-Modded British Rock Amplifier

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In 1978, a certain guitarist erupted on the scene with a sound that took the world by storm. No one had ever heard guitar playing or guitar tones like what this guitarist was putting down on record. Everyone's minds were collectively blown and album sales, as well as guitar and amp sales, went through the roof. Rock n roll would never be the same as this tone would go on to be one of the most analyzed and scrutinized tones in the world - and for good reason. All of the "mad scientist" experimentation done to arrive at this tone provided a high gain, yet beautifully compressed sound that has great responsiveness and a wide range of control.

Many of those fabled modifications are built right into the SonicTone '78 Special. From the "fat" switch to the "mean" switch - and many others features - players can adjust the amp to cover different eras of the player's highly sought-after tone. And, the amp comes loaded with 6CA7 power tubes to further contribute to the sound.

Recommended Speaker Pairing: Celestion 25-watt Greenbacks for accentuated overdrive, or 60-watt Vintage 30s for a more well-rounded sound.

Available as a head.

Tube Set:

Price: $2,750.00 USD

Features & Specs

  • American-modded, fixed-biased British-voiced rock amplifier
  • 2 channels with independent gain controls (footswitchable)
  • Shared 3-band EQ
  • Custom value mid pot
  • Presence and resonance controls
  • A bright switch on channel 1
  • Fat switch
  • Mean/Classic switch
  • Silver/Gold clipping switch
  • Solo boost control, footswitchable
  • Master volume
  • Tube-driven, buffered FX loop, bypassable and footswitchable
  • FX loop series/parallel switch with send and return controls
  • Half power switch
  • Custom value, vintage-spec choke
  • 16, 8, 4 ohm impedance selector switch
  • Birch plywood cabinet with finger-jointed construction
  • AC Input: US standard IEC jack at 120V/60Hz

50-Watt Model

  • 4 x 12AX7; 2 x 6CA7

100-Watt Model

  • 4 x 12AX7; 4 x 6CA7


50-Watt Head:
    30.00" W x 10.75" H x 9.00" D, 36.00 Lbs

100-Watt Head:
    30.00" W x 10.75" H x 9.00" D, 42.00 Lbs


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