American-Modded British Rock Amplifier

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The year 1987 was a banner year for music. The sheer number of incredible albums released, particularly in the rock and metal genres, was astounding. At the forefront was a rude and brash band that was destined to rule the airwaves. And at the center of that band's sound was a guitar player with tremendously soulful skills and a tone that had a venomous bite. The SonicTone Snakecharmer is an amp that encapsulates that tone and delivers searing overdrives that transport you right back to the Sunset Strip.

The tone of this amp stands out differently than other high-gain models. It has a pronounced mid-range bite with crisp highs. In the '87 mode, it has a tight low-end with tight gain. In the '91 mode, the tone shifts to a thicker, more modern tone with more gain. Either way, it's a versatile amp that suits the player's style very well. It accentuates each and every note and gives it what it needs to cut through the mix. It truly is a "raunch n roll" tone and suited for a style of playing with tons of attitude to spare. And, the amp can be powered by either EL34 or 6550 power tubes, as the player was known to use amps with both. The EL34s accentuate the mid-range while the 6550s deliver a little more low-end with more top-end clarity as well.

Recommended Speaker Pairing: Celestion 60-watt Vintage 30s for a well-rounded sound, or 75-watt G12Ts for a more modern 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 with presence
  • A bright switch on channel 1
  • '87/'91 switch
  • Silver/Gold clipping switch
  • Solo boost control, footswitchable
  • Master volume
  • 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 EL34 or 6550

100-Watt Model

  • 4 x 12AX7; 4 x EL34 or 6550


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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Snakecharmer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars based on 1 review
Christopher Pons
New Orleans
January 22, 2024
Love My Snakecharmer

This badass amp has everything I need: fantastic cleans, smoking high gain dirty channel, full feature effects loop, solo boost (foot switch-able), half power switch and the coolest look in rock; snakeskin tolex, white control backplate, black knobs! Screams late 80s/early 90s vibe. Seriously, this amp checks all my boxes on features but that means nothing if an amp doesn’t sound good. This amp sounds better than all my other amps, regardless of price! Hand made in New Orleans, USA with the best components, professional construction and solid road-tested reliability! You will thank yourself when you dive into this pool of delicious tones!

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