Ever heard of the Brown Sound?!
When in the late 70’s a Dutch-born guitar prodigy erupted plexi fuelled flames into the world, I was only 6 years old, having no clue at all of the event of rock being changed forever. My first memory about this revolution was kids talking about this Dutch born guitar hero who was able to produce animal noises with his guitar and I thought: Wow is that really true?! And he’s Dutch!! It has always stuck with me somehow, it must have been around 1984…
A few years later, about half a year before Holland won the European championship football in 1988, some neighborhood kids introduced me to this insane guitar solo from 1978. I was totally blown away by it, listening to it over and over again and it eventually turned out to be one of the main triggers for me to pick up the electric guitar.
Like countless fellow guitar players around the globe I have been pursuing that magical tone my entire musical life and at some point it became obvious I had to make this 1984 amp become reality.
The 1984 is more than just another plexi inspired tube amp, it is in fact a time machine. Fair warning: ones you turn it on it is impossible to turn it off!
Enjoy the Gr80’s…
Ch1-mode 1: ‘Clean’
The gain setting starts at splendidly sparkling and dynamically clean. Beyond one o’clock the clean morphs into a clean sound with sweetly organic edge of breakup. The sounds of ch1-Tweed-mode are best described as dynamic, three-dimensional, open and sparkling. It’s warm yet with good definition. This mode reacts perfectly to fuzz and boost pedals plugged into the front.
Channel 2 ‘Overdrive’
Before nine o’clock you’ll find some incredibly cool crunchy 60s sounds. Turning up the gain knob a little further the sound will effortlessly change into an amazing compressed 80’s style crunch. When you turn beyond two o’clock you’ll be entering ‘overdrive territory’. The overdrive sounds are harmonically rich full and fat, yet tasteful, organical and musical. The sound of channel 2 is characterized by natural compression, super fat bass, even harmonics and unparalleled sustain. Whatever gain setting you’ll choose, it will always give a killer sound that cuts through the mix with ease. Channel 2 responds excellent to the volume-pot of your guitar.
SVC Volume Boost
The foot-switchable SVC Volume Boost enables you to soloboost channel 1 and channel 2 with adjustable volume control. In fact the SVC Volume Boost is an extra SVC Volume knob, with the exact same function as the original SVC volume knob. Turn this boost knob a little further than the SVC knob, engage the boost-button on your footswitch and your solo’s will be boosted unlike you’ve ever experienced. It is like having a crew member turnig up your SVC volume whenever you start soloing, absolute guitarplayer luxury!
True bypass effects loop (foot-switchable)
The effects loop is buffered by 12AU7 tube. Adding the 12AU7, for several reasons, is not the cheapest solution but the 12AU7 does this job best as it affects the original signal least. The effects loop’s volume knob enables you to amplify, attenuate or balance the signal. Last but not least: You can true-bypass the effects loop with the footswitch! Tech talk: True bypass is achieved by a double relay switch at the front- and back of the loop. When the loop is being bypassed the loop physically disappears from the signal path.
SVC -Seamless Volume Control- (Tube amp volume under control !)
As both channels have individual gain controls, it’s easy to find your sweet spot on each channel. In the power section you’ll find an extra ‘total’ volume control which enables you to balance both channels volume levels, perfect for playing ‘live’. But there is another amazing and unique feature called SVC (Seamless Volume Control). The power section ‘total’ volume control is capable of producing 0,1 Watt bedroom levels yet retaining great tone. So from now on the power-soak is a thing of the past!
- 2 independent channels
- Channel 1-Mode 1 = ‘Mild’, Channel 1-Mode 2 = ‘Hot’
- Channel 2 = ‘Plexi Overdrive’
- SVC Volume boost (boosts channel 1 and 2)
- SVC – Seamless Volume Control: from 0,1 watt ‘bed room’ levels to 50 watt ‘Rock Arena’ levels (no tone loss at low volumes, no need for power-soak)
- Ultra wide gain range control on both channels for ultimate gain versatility
- True bypass effects loop
- Footswitch (channel, effects loop, volume )
- Outputs 4, 8, 16 Ohm or 2×16, 2×8 Ohm
50 Watt Specification:
- Output: 50 Watts R.M.S.
- OVERTONES transformers, custom made in BRITAIN
- 2 x TAD Premium EL34B-STR power tubes
- 4 x pre-amp tubes:
3 x 12AX7 mix of Tung-Sol, Svetlana, Sovtek LPS
1 x 12AU7 TAD (effects loop)
- Outputs 4, 8, 16 Ohm or 2×16, 2×8 Ohm
- Head weight: approx. 16 kg
- Combo weight: 21,3 kg
- Handsoldered / handwired in the Netherlands
by Kool Amplification
Finish & Construction:
- Handmade A to Z bij Kool Amplification
- dimensions head: H=25 cm W=51 cm D=25 cm
- 13 ply lightplex
- Kool corner construction
- Tolex: ‘Black Rose’