Balls V-15

Here’s a recent build from about a month ago.  This one is pretty much the same as my previous V-30 build but at half power.  Which is to say that its basically a half power Vox AC30 circuit (but not an AC15 circuit…that ones different!).  The only other mod, per the customers request, is an added midrange control to the tone stack.  At dead center its basically the same as the hardwired controls of the original, and it boosts or cuts depending on how you turn it.  Really cant speak highly enough about the top-boost circuit.  Its that perfectly awesome high gain sound for people that don’t want a normal high gain amp.  Just enough without being too much.

Final price on this build was $1200. Contact me with any questions or purchase specifics thedoctor@ballseffects.com

 

Balls Super Black

Suuuuuper Black!  What is it?  Its the Black Balls but with some extra kitchen sink kinda controls to it.  First off we have a rotary selector to bring multiple clipping options.  All the way to the left at position I is the strongest clipping producing the most distortion, sustain and compression, and as you turn it up to levels II, III, and IV you get less of those things, but more volume and dynamic response.  Added to that is a buffered blend control that controls the dry/wet mix of the effect.  Goes from no effect to full effect and a nice blend in the middle.  This kinda thing is great for bass guitar or bass-heavy signals that tend to get lost in the mix when distorted.

These are currently being built on a limited run basis and selling for $220 post-paid.  If you’re interested in one, shoot me an email and let me know! thedoctor@ballseffects.com

Balls V-30P

Balls V-30P Amplifier. This one is a variation on the AC30-style platform but the plan was to capture more of the variations of the original circuit.  So here we have the standard brilliant channel, the top-boost brilliant channel, and the EF86 pentode channel  of the original AC30/4.  The brilliant channel incorporates the top boost circuit in normal operation, and the top-boost can also be removed from the circuit via a push-pull volume pot.  The EF86 pentode normal channel operates like an AC30/4 would, but has a multitude of tonal options via a rotating capacitor selector.

As always, with any questions or requests for custom builds please feel free to contact me at thedoctor@ballseffects.com

Mark Three Fuzz Boxes

Small run I did a while ago.  Three knob germanium fuzzes a la the Park Fuzz Sound, third edition tone benders, etc. AC125 transistors in a small package enclosure. Did a run of five that sold out rather quickly.

As always, with any questions or requests for custom builds please feel free to contact me at thedoctor@ballseffects.com

Balls G-50

Hot off the bench from summer 2016!.  This one is a higher gain amp I’m calling the G-50. Its core is a Marshall 2204 circuit with a number of tweaks to trim out a lot of the brightness that the stock circuit seems to abound with. Sounds brutal and its going to an appropriately brutal sludge band! MagComp iron, Mallory caps, CTS pots, Tung Sol preamp tubes and Mullard EL34s.

As always, with any questions or requests for custom builds please feel free to contact me at thedoctor@ballseffects.com

Balls V-30

Another older build.  This one is a pretty straight ahead clone build of the Vox AC30 (AC30/6 w/Top Boost) with the tremolo channel removed.  Many people don’t realize it but this top-boost circuit provides a beautiful, vocal sustain and distortion like no other.  I’ve heard from customers that this is what they always wanted their Marshalls to sound like, but could never achieve!  4 EL84s in the output section produce a robust 30 watts; a very happy medium for an amp wide open with a rock drummer.

As always, with any questions or requests for custom builds please feel free to contact me at thedoctor@ballseffects.com

Balls Twenty

Always and forever never making blog posts.  So here goes…a build from a little while back which is currently on sale at Main Drag Music in Brooklyn NY!

The Balls Twenty is an amp designed around several classic elements from English and American amps of the 60s, and is well suited for guitarists that seek that a vintage, classic tone with large tonal flexibility. The Twenty is a 20-watt, 6V6 powered single channel amplifier with simple, yet extremely flexible tone controls to make the amp capable of producing a wide variety of tones from blues to classic rock and country by just adjusting the knobs. The twenty can also run the full gamut from beautiful clean tones, light overdrive, to full-blown thick sludgy crunch. The Twenty also takes pedals extremely well and loves boosts (especially Rangemasters!), drives, fuzz, etc. Like all Balls effects units and custom amplifiers, the Twenty is built in Brooklyn NY with hand-wired care, high quality parts, and attention to detail.

As always, with any questions or requests for custom builds please feel free to contact me at thedoctor@ballseffects.com

 

 

Balls P-50 (Apr. 2015)

Here’s a custom build from a little over a year ago that I neglected to write about.  The customer in this case wanted a pretty standard English heavy rock sound and so this is based on the Marshall plexi format with a few appointments made to my taste.  Channel one is dark and pretty clean and channel two a bit more bright and gainy.  My favorite way to do a plexi!  Parts in this are Sprague orange drop caps, Mag-Comp iron, CTS pots, and my favored pairing of Mullard reissue EL34s and TungSol pre-amp tubes.  The amp comes standard with jacks and pot for exterior bias adjustment, because screw paying for a tube re-bias!

Balls H-100 (Aug. 2015)

What we have here is a pretty bog-standard Hiwatt-style build.  This is built using a traditional Dave Reeves style layout, and a DR103 circuit from the early 70s.  Parts in this are Mallory caps, Mag-Comp iron, CTS pots, and my favored pair of Mullard reissue EL34s and TungSol pre-amp tubes.  About the only departures from a vintage circuit that have been made for this build were an adjustable bias circuit, with standard jacks/pot for exterior bias adjustment, and full/half power switch on the rear panel.  Not much else to say about this one but enjoy the pics!

Balls Piglet (Nov. 2015)

Holy smokes its been FOREVER since I wrote a post….time to catch up!

The more savvy among you may have heard of a rare Marshall called a “Pig”.  In the late 60s, Marshall’s very first foray into 200 watt amps was a unit called the Marshall 200.  It utilized 4 KT88 tubes, and a very unique preamp not used by any other amp in the Marshall line.  The 200 in this configuration only lasted about a year or so and was replaced with the more common Marshall Major which used a preamp much more akin to the other JMP amps at the time.  The original 200s are rare.  And theres really only one famous guitar player known for using them: Mick Ronson during his time with Bowie and The Spiders from Mars.  The story goes that Ronno nicknamed it “The Pig” because of its large size.

The controls on a Pig were unique.  The preamp circuitry actually separates the input signal into two paths, one filtered for increased treble and one for increased bass.  Each path has a volume control associated with it to allow the player to turn up/down the highs and lows respectively.  Following that there is a single master volume control to rein in the overall volume, and thats all you need! The amp had intrigued me for some time but no one really needs a 200 watt amp nowadays, so what I set out to do was capture the same tone but with a smaller output section.  Instead of four KT88 output tubes, I went with two KT66 tubes to get it down to a much more reasonable 45-50 watts.  Other than that the preamp is essentially stock the way Marshall made, with information culled from various schematic snippets, photos of original units, and the input of other experts.  The result is the Balls Piglet!

No clips yet, but they’ll be coming soon.  Sonically it nails the Ronson/Bowie sound!