One of my favourite tones is a fuzz pushing a 5E3 Tweed Deluxe, so it’s no surprise one of my favourite recorded guitar tones is that of Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats. They reached out to me to provide a back line for their 2015 North American tour, but were looking for something a bit more powerful than the usual 5E3’s. Since I didn’t have anything ready to go, I did what I do best: I decided to build two amps from scratch in four weeks. We decided on a Bassman 5F6A circuit, but in a 2×12 configuration. I didn’t play around too much with the circuit, but I did use 120v/240v power transformer, which gave me two center tap options. After a lot of testing, I went with the higher voltage center tap and added an adjustable bias pot in order to fine tune the amps’ sweet spot. We loaded the amps up with Eminence Legends and new production Tung Sol tubes. They sound amazing and can take a beating.
From all the compliments I received from both the band and the sound engineers, I’d say the mission was a complete success.