A new amp is coming…

This week I ordered a new Splawn amp from Custom Audio Boutique.  I have wanted a Splawn amp for a while now, and decided that the time was right to order it now 🙂

I managed to get my choice down to either a Quick Rod or a Street Rod head.  There are other great options, but I need a clean channel, and several of the Splawn models are single channel only.

Splawn Quick Rod

Quick Rod

  • 100 watts – w/ half power switch
  • Channel 1 (clean) – independent EQ and gain controls
  • Channel 2 (overdrive) – solo boost, OD1 (rhythm) /OD2 (lead) mode, 3 gear modes
  • Gears – 1st – Hot Rod Plexi, 2nd – Hot Rod 800, 3rd – Super Hot Rod 800
  • 3 Button Footswitch – #1 Clean/Overdrive – #2 OD1/OD2 – #3 Solo Boost
  • Transformer – Heyboer
  • Series Effects Loop – w/ true-bypass and adjustable +4db/-10db switch
  • Impedance Selector – 4/8/16 ohms
  • Main Voltage Selector – 100, 120, 220, 230V
  • Tubes – EL34B

Splawn Street Rod (head)

  • 40 watt – w/ half power switch
  • Channel 1 (clean) – independent EQ
  • Channel 2 (overdrive) – solo boost, OD1 (rhythm) /OD2 (lead) mode, 3 gear modes
  • Gears – 1st – Hot Rod Plexi, 2nd – Hot Rod 800, 3rd – Super Hot Rod 800
  • 3 Button Footswitch – #1 Clean/Overdrive – #2 OD1/OD2 – #3 Solo Boost
  • Transformers – Heyboer
  • Series Effects Loop – w/ true-bypass and adjustable +4db/-10db switch
  • Impedance Selector – 4/8/16 ohms
  • Main Voltage Selector – 100, 120, 220, 230V
  • Tubes – EL34B

So, the big (only?) difference between the two amps is that the Quick Rod is 100 Watts and the Street Rod is 40 Watts.  Currently I’m using a 120 Watt head, running at 60 Watts, and it is very loud!  Even on-stage I’m only running the master volume at around 2-3 and it’s loud enough to hear over the band.  So I decided that 40 Watts is more than enough for me, and ordered a Street Rod head.

As it is a custom made amp, the build and delivery time is anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks.  The great thing about it being a custom amp, is that things like the colour scheme are very customisable.  I’ve decided on a basic black/silver layout.  Black Levant, silver control panel, black chickenhead knobs, silver piping and black grill cloth on the front.  It should all look very nice matched up with my Mesa Recto cab 

I’m really hanging out to play through it with some sweet Plexi settings!  Once my EVH guitar is all put together, I may go back into my Van Halen phase again 

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