Comprising of the AA-100, 100-watt Acoustic Combo, the AA-40-Cube, 40-watt Acoustic Combo, the AA-Power-Cube 40, 40-watt powered extension cube and the AA Preamp Pedal.
United Kingdom (January 17, 2012) – Ashdown Engineering launches the all new Ashdown Acoustic range for 2013. Ashdown established a name for itself in the world of Acoustic Guitar amps back in the 1990’s and before that with a previous company way back in the early 80’s, when Ashdown’s main man Mark Gooday started the unplugged revolution. With over 30 years experience manufacturing Acoustic- specific amplifiers, Ashdown know what is needed to make a first-class acoustic amp.
Introducing the All New Ashdown Acoustic Range, comprising of the AA-100, 100-watt Acoustic Combo, the AA-40-Cube, 40-watt Acoustic Combo, the AA-Power-Cube 40, 40-watt powered extension cube and the AA Preamp Pedal. All amps are available made in the UK with high-end Latvian birch ply cabinets, handmade with dove-tail joints and finished with a natural gloss lacquer to ensure durability and quality of finish. Finally, acoustic amplifiers that look as good as they sound and reproduce acoustic instruments with warmth, depth and exceptional clarity.
The AA-100 features a custom made 10” Italian Sica driver, selected for its highly responsive mid-range with delicate highs, complimented by the tight low end and when combined with a high-end studio-quality tweeter, produces a stunning full range tone. The AA-100 also features a cleverly integrated, tuned top port utilizing the space available and enabling the air from within the chamber to be forced through the handle port, enhancing the low-end response, creating huge room-filling tones. The AA-40 uses a custom designed Italian Sica 8” driver.
Ashdown will also be introducing more affordable versions of the new Ashdown Acoustics in a rugged black finish made offshore. A heavy duty, black gloss, spatter finish is applied to 12mm plywood cabinets, giving a protective layer of paint for the gigging player. Using custom made AA drivers, designed to suit the dynamics of the amps with the same configuration of the AA UK made range.
The Ashdown Acoustic Cubes are portable (H:230mm, 9.5”; W:230mm, 9.5”; D:230mm, 9.6”; 7.5kgs, 3.4lbs), powerful and sonically outstanding; tuned to represent the characteristics and complexity of the acoustic guitar. Using a very simple and easy to use preamp featuring reverb in the Cube 40 as well as a very handy notch filter that helps tame unwanted frequencies and feedback.
The new Ashdown Power Cube is a 40-watt powered extension monitor that can be used in conjunction with the new Ashdown Acoustic Preamp Pedal to create a stunning and easy to transport acoustic rig, or run two in stereo, enabling outstanding personal monitoring on stage or at home.
The Ashdown Acoustic Preamp Pedal has a very simple but effective layout utilizing many of the features of the classic Ashdown Acoustic preamp. It includes a notch filter, high and low EQ rotary controls as well as the Ashdown pre-shape feature. There is also a very useful balanced DI out on the back of the pedal allowing the user to run their signal straight into the PA for ease of use and will keep any sound guy happy, no need for a DI box. A must-have for any gigging acoustic player.
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Created in collaboration with legendary guitarist George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob fame, the Mr.Scary Mod adds an adjustable tube gain stage and an onboard Deep control, which together are designed to enable an amp to have increased sustain while still retaining note definition and dynamics.
LegendaryTones, LLC today announced production availability of its new Mr. Scary Mod, a 100% pure tube module designed to instantly and easily expand the capabilities of many classic amplifiers with additional gain and tone shaping. Created in collaboration with legendary guitarist George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob fame, the Mr.Scary Mod adds an adjustable tube gain stage and an onboard Deep control, which together are designed to enable an amp to have increased sustain while still retaining note definition and dynamics.
Originally released as the Lynch Mod in February 2021, the updated Mr. Scary Mod features the same core circuit as the Lynch Mod but is now equipped with a revised tube mix combo per George’s preference as well as a facelift in a newly redesigned electro-galvanized steel enclosure. As with the Lynch Mod, each run will be limited and the first run in Pumpkin Orange with Black hardware is limited to just 150 pieces worldwide.
The Mr. Scary Mod adds an adjustable tube gain stage on top of the cathode follower position, keeping note definition and articulation while further increasing sustain. Each Mr. Scary mod is meticulously built by hand in the USA, one at a time, and tuned using high-grade components. Equipped with a single ECC81 (12AT7) in the first position and ECC83 (12AX7) in the second, the Mr. Scary Mod can clean up beautifully when rolling down your guitar’s volume, and still adds scorching gain when you roll it back up. This is a gain stage that’s been tuned and approved by the ears of the maestro George Lynch himself.
“The Mr. Scary Mod excels with dynamics and is incredibly touch-responsive, allowing me to shift from playing clear, lightly compressed cleans to full-out aggressive sustain and distortion –and control it all simply by varying my guitar’s volume control and picking,” said GeorgeLynch. “In many ways, it’s an old-school approach, but it’s also so much more natural and expressive in addition to being musically fulfilling when you can play both the guitar and amp dynamically together this way.”
The Mr. Scary Mod installs in minutes, is safe and effective to use, and requires no special tools or re-biasing of the amplifier. Simply insert the module into the cathode follower preamp position of compatible amplifiers (includes Marshall 2203/2204/1959/1987 circuits) and
immediately get the benefit of enjoying a hot-rodded amp that delivers all the pure harmonic character that comes with an added pure tube gain stage. The handmade in the USA Mr. Scary Mod is now available to order for $319.
For more information, please visit legendarytones.com.
October Audio has miniaturized their NVMBR Gain pedal to create two mini versions of this beautifully organic-sounding circuit – including an always-on gain device.
The NVMBR Gain is a nonlinear amp that transitions gracefully from clean boost to overdriven tones. Volume increases from just over unity to about 10db before soft-clipping drive appears for another 5db of boost. Its extraordinary ease of use is matched by outstanding versatility: you can use it as a clean boost, push a stubborn amp into overdrive or create a just-breaking-up sound at any amp volume.
October Audio’s new family of mini NVMBR Gain pedals includes a switchable version that allows you to bypass the effect: one option features brand logo pedal graphics, while the other sports a fun “Witch Finger” graphic with a Davies knob as the“fingernail”.
The second version in the new lineup is an always-on device featuring the Witch Finger graphic and Davies knob, with the same NVMBR Gain circuit that lies at the core of the switchable version.
- Knob controls gain and clipping simultaneously
- Stunning silver hammertone finish
- Switchable versions are true-bypass, available with classic or witch finger graphics
- Authentic Davies knobs, including the “fingernail”
- 9V center negative power supply required
- Dimensions: 3.63 x 1.50 x 1.88 in
Witch Finger (always on NVMBR Gain) demo
All October Audio pedals are assembled in Richmond, VA, and available for purchase directly through the online shop. Street price is $109 for NVMBR Gain footswitch versions and $89 for the always-on device.
For more information, please visit octoberaudio.com.