Metasonix reveal a truly radical all-tube guitar amp with an unforgettable name 16/01/08
Weâ€™ll no doubt be visiting Metasonix as usual at the NAMM show to see this and their other stuff in the flesh but hereâ€™s advance news of the new Metasonix G-1000 All-Tube Guitar Amp, featuring a grand total of 23 tubes and a set of controls including 'reverb', 'phase' and 'ream your ass'.
You can see the ampâ€™s other name in the picture. The panel art was created by David C. Lovelace, creator of "Retarded Animal Babies" cartoons on Newgrounds.com
on, the "Weird Al" Yankovic video "Virus Alert," and,
of course, art for the Metasonix TM-7 Scrotum Smasher.The idea for the ampâ€™s name apparently came from Mike Brown of Livewire
Synthesizers, possibly after watching one of those "Retarded Animal Babies"
cartoons. Metasonix say that you can blame him...
Hereâ€™s the Metasonix press release with all the detailsâ€¦ 'There is nothing like the G-1000. Not even vaguely. It is arcane and
radical. It is 100% vacuum tubes, from input to output. It contains 100%
new-old-stock (NOS) tubes. Types never seen in guitar amps.
The G-1000 consists of two totally independent amplifiers, with very
different preamp sections. One channel is called the HAPPY channel. The
other is called the ANGRY channel.
For damn good reason. One sucks your face, the other gnaws your foreskin
The HAPPY channel is a more-or-less conventional instrument amp. It has
plenty of gain and distortion (if desired), it has a conventional
guitar-amp tone control section, and it has reverb. Everything else
about it is DEVIANT. It has a PHASE control, which allows mixing of
normal and inverted signalsâ€”or it may be adjusted to cancel out the
original signal and pass only the distortion products....and, it's all
made of unusual tubes. Mostly pentodes, ha ha ha.
The ANGRY channel is well-named. It is designed for instability and raw,
berserk distortion effects. It, too, has typical guitar-amp tone
controls and reverb. It uses a 6BN6 and two remote-cutoff pentodes. Ask
your mother what those are. She's already tasted your foreskin anyway.
Despite the identical output stages of the two channels, they sound
TOTALLY different. In ALL settings.
The output tubes are 6BK5s. Obscure, yes, but great and forgotten. Phase
inversion is done with 6GU7s. Various types are used throughout the
preamp stages: 6AU6, 6BJ6, 6CB6, 6BN6, 5BQ7, 6AK5, and others. No
12AX7s, of ANY brand. How many tubes? TWENTY-THREE tubes in total.
Including eight 6BK5 outputs. It might be the most complex tube guitar
amp available today....
The output tubes are in a special self-balancing, self-biasing circuit.
It is unique to the G-1000 among guitar amps. It does NOT NEED matched
tubes, nor is any kind of bias adjustment needed. Output power is 15
watts per channel, and two speakers (or a stereo speaker) are needed.
Vast ranges of tone are available from the G-1000. We cannot even begin
to explain its flexibility. The G-1000 is NOT intended for middle-aged
"tone questers", who believe that they will be able to play like Eric
Clapton by simply spending a lot of $$$ on equipment. We HATE those
people. The G-1000 is intended for the intrepid experimenter, not the
pathetic imitator. Tone questers are invited to DIE. ' Pricing and Availability:
G-1000 is made on a custom basis only and should be available in late
2008. Expected retail price is US $ 5000.