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65amps Whiskey 45W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp   

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The Whiskey 45W tube-driven head by 65amps is a collaboration between two longtime peers and friends; 65amps and LA tone guru Dave Friedman. Going fo...Read More

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Get that killer Sunset Strip sound in a convenient 1x12" combo.

The Whiskey 45W tube-driven head by 65amps is a collaboration between two longtime peers and friends; 65amps and LA tone guru Dave Friedman. Going for the throttled-up sound of "The Strip" in Los Angeles, Dan and Dave were able to find that unique sound in a format that is useable in a modern context. In addition to very authentic and rich distortion, the clean sound on The Whiskey is loud and proud.

The clean channel is completely outside of the Master Volume circuit, so the normal compromise of a mediocre clean sound in a high-gain amp is gone. One can actually play louder clean than dirty on this amp, if desired.

The Whiskey gives all the classic sounds that associated with hot-rodded British amps without going into Ubergain. Exciting, responsive and always musical, The Whiskey encourages you to have fun and take chances.

With a distinct throttled up voice of crucial British tones and behaviors, The Whiskey can meet an astonishing amount of needs in one box.

FEATURES
  • Made in USA
  • Power: 45W (tube)
  • Tubes: three 12AX7 (preamp); two 6L6 (power amp)
  • Two footswitchable channels
  • Controls: Clean volume, master volume, treble, mid, bass, presence; three-way bright switch for clean channel
  • Active FX loop
  • Impedance: 8 ohms or 16 ohms (switchable)
  • Footswitch included
  • Dimensions: 25" x 10" x 19.75"
  • Assembled in the U.S.A.

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65ampsWhiskey 45W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
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3.0

Spend your $3K somewhere else

By Skinvoyager

from Cincinnati, OH

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Pros

  • Nice Looking Amp

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Poor Sound Quality

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    Comments about 65amps Whiskey 45W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I wanted to love this amp. On paper, it looks great. Co-designed by Dave Friedman. A killer modded Marshall sound along with a booming clean. But this amp did not live up to the hype.

    The dirty channel sounded pretty good. Not great, just pretty good. Honestly, I could get those tones from my cheap Blackstar practice amp. I was looking for a huge, 3D, responsive and dynamic tone that became part of me. That's what you expect for this price. It was average. And there was a ton of white noise.

    Now this amp is billed as having incredible cleans that bypass the master volume. The clean channel sounded OK at literally bedroom volume. As I brought the volume up just slightly, the channel broke apart, at nowhere NEAR practice volume. It got flabby, muddy, and overly compressed in a most non-musical way. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. A quick tube swap proved the amp was at fault. I was extremely disappointed.

    In addition, the effects send and return are located awkwardly under the chassis. This is a minor point, but again, in this price range, you want the design to be well thought out. It was clear the combo was an afterthought. They simply mounted the head in a combo cabinet. It's OK to do that, but design the positions of the jacks and switches better in the beginning.

    This flubby quality may just be an issue with dual 6L6 amps. I had similar issues with a Bad Cat Fat Cat 50 I tried. You would think 50 watts would get you a ton of clean headroom. It didn't on either one of these amps.

    I've owned and still own a bunch of high-end amps. I find you USUALLY get what you pay for. I think 65 Amps has made a couple nice amps. I own a Ventura, which does that Voxy, chimy, low-wattage thing very well. I think for the most part, you can cop the sound out of most 65 products with much cheaper alternatives.

    I ended up getting a Friedman Smallbox 50 from Musician's Friend (they were very cool about the whole exchange). OH MY GOD! What an amp. The EL-34s amazingly give a much better clean, IMHO, and the clean channel can get pretty crunchy, but cleans up like a dream with your volume knob or even just your attack. This is the most touch-responsive amp I've played, and I think it's better than the Friedman Brown Eye.

    It's difficult for most of us to buy these boutique amps because we usually have to order them on faith, going by what we've heard on YouTube videos. Take it from someone who briefly owned the Whiskey...keep looking.

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