This here little dude is an amp built for the uncompromisingly awesome Jordan Graber. He needed something small just to jam around the house and I know he has an existing cabinet there, so a head was the obvious choice. And when you’re going small and classy, its really hard to avoid the Tweed Champ circuits. They’re just SO cool and they sound like Billy Gibbons shredding a case of Tecate.
This has Magnetic Component transformers, Mallory signal caps, NOS RCA 5Y3 Rectifier, Tung-Sol 6V6, and a JJ 12AX7. The cabinet was built by your truly out of pine. Shit rules.
This was built for the legendary sleeve eater, the Crampaw, as part of a drunken horse-trade for some carny-ass Ludwigs and a lifetime of hilarious jokes. I hope you’re confused…it only gets weirder.
So I was asked to get weird with a delay pedal. Ive built a ton of analog delays before and while they sound fantastic, they lack a certain amount of flexibility in the weirdness department. The technology used to build them was monumental at the time it was developed, but its just limited. To enhance the ridiculousness, I needed to go outside of the analog delay scope here so I went with the PT2399 digital delay chip. Delays from this chip are just superb. Not as warm and organic as from an analog setup but pretty dang good and MAN you can get some repeats! And you can do so with a lot less parts and tweaking than you need for an analog outfit. Perfect.
So I went with that but made two of the same circuit so that your delays can have delays. One cascades into the other and you can get some bizarre repeat tempos when both are on. You can also just use one or the other as you please. Each delay is switchable via footswitch, and the large knobs control the mix for each delay. With the knobs completely down its as if the unit was completely out of the signal chain. This worked out well because it may be used for keys and the delays can be dialed on or off by hand while playing. Knobs across the top are: delay time 1, repeat length 1, delay time 2, repeat length 2.