Nashville, TN (October 6, 2016) -- Todd Sharp Amplifiers announces the highly anticipated JOAT 45RT.
The JOAT 45RT offers a major kick in drive and output power compared to its lower powered 20- and 30- watt brethren. The 45RT mirrors the front end preamp and tonal shaping of the 20 and 30RT models with a few minor tweaks to accommodate an additional driver stage and substantial increase in output power. The JOAT 45RT may be configured with a pair of EL34s (stock) or 6L6/KT66 type power tubes with a simple bias adjustment. That along with the EL34/KT66/6L6 type output stage offers not just more power but a bolder character - for those who just need more beef on the bone than a 20 or 30 watt amp can provide.
It is a cleaner, higher headroom sound until you get the volume past halfway. Then, as any great amp should, the 45 gets into that magical rich harmonic compression as the volume control advances. Sharp notes, “My signature benchmark for all of my designs is a quick response feel under your fingertips coupled with that glorious squash we all love. A design goal with the 45 in particular was to tip my hat strongly toward a great vintage Marshall 50, but with the JOAT signature front end gain and tone shaping, reverb and tremolo. It is still a very straight ahead amp without overdrive or lead channel options.”
The high-end, hand-wired vacuum tube amps are the first of their kind from Sharp, who has 40+ years performing in studios and stages around the world. He has played with numerous artists, including Hall & Oates, Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Bob Welch, Delbert McClinton, Carlene Carter and many more. In addition to being such an established performer Sharp has run his own amplifier repair business, Nashville Amplifier Service, for over 20 years. Through all his years of experience Sharp had yet to find the perfect amp, so he decided to build one.
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