BC Audio Launches the Grand Prix 100

The Dual-Power footswitch toggles the amp’s power section between two and four power tubes.

San Francisco, CA (January 19, 2016) -- Boutique guitar amp builder BC Audio (bcaudio.com) revealed the Grand Prix 100, a meticulously hand crafted all-tube guitar amplifier with a radical footswitch-activated Dual-Power function – the first of its kind. The Dual-Power footswitch toggles the amp’s power section between two and four power tubes, doubling power output and creating a volume boost ideal for soloing.

“A problem nearly every gigging guitar player faces is how to be heard over the band when it’s time to solo, but blend in otherwise,” says BC Audio founder, award-winning guitarist and tube amp master builder Bruce Clement. “The Dual-Power footswitch jumps up the volume without changing anything else on the amp, or in your signal chain. Finally, the performing guitarist has the power to step out in front of the mix, no matter what the situation.”

The Grand Prix 100 boasts two channels, two modes per channel, 3-band EQ, Presence and Depth controls, and an effects loop. It uses 6SL7GT octal preamp tubes, rather than the ubiquitous 12AX7. It is constructed with true point-to-point wiring, US-made transformers and high quality components throughout.

Features:

  • 4x EL34 Power Tubes (foot-switchable to 2x EL34)
  • 3x 6SL7GT Octal Preamp Tubes
  • True Point-to-Point Construction (no turret, eyelet or printed circuit board)
  • Channel 1: clean and crunch modes
  • Channel 2: vintage and modern modes
  • Bass/Mid/Treble Controls
  • Presence and Depth Controls
  • Effects Loop
  • 26” Wide “Small-Box” Head
  • Black tolex and bold red racing stripes

The Grand Prix 100 will be on display and available to demo at the NAMM Show January 19-22.

Pricing: $3600, direct from bcaudio.com. Matching 2x12 speaker cabinets are available from $850.

For more information:
BC Audio

A bone nut being back-filed for proper string placement and correct action height.

It doesn’t have to cost a lot to change your acoustic guitar’s tone and playability.

In my early days, all the guitars I played (which all happened to be pre-1950s) used bone nuts and saddles. I took this for granted, and so did my musician friends. With the exception of the ebony nuts on some turn-of-the-century parlors and the occasional use of ivory, the use of bone was a simple fact of our guitar playing lives, and alternative materials were simply uncommon to us.

Read More Show less

While Monolord has no shortage of the dark and heavy, guitarist and vocalist Thomas V Jäger comes at it from a perspective more common to pop songsmiths.

Photo by Chad Kelco

Melodies, hooks, clean tones, and no guitar solos. Are we sure this Elliott Smith fan fronts a doom-metal band? (We’re sure!)

Legend has it the name Monolord refers to a friend of the band with the same moniker who lost hearing in his left ear, and later said it didn’t matter if the band recorded anything in stereo, because he could not hear it anyway. It’s a funny, though slightly tragic, bit of backstory, but that handle is befitting in yet another, perhaps even more profound, way. Doom and stoner metal are arguably the torch-bearing subgenres for hard rock guitar players, and if any band seems to hold the keys to the castle at this moment, it’s Monolord.

Read More Show less
x