Carstens Amplification Announces the Black Flag

A 22-watt combo packed with 6V6 tubes and a Celestion Gold speaker.

Chicago, IL (January 3, 2018) -- Drawing inspiration from British and American amps of the 1960s, the Black Flag packs a big sound from a single 12” combo. The tones are wonderfully 3-dimensional, dynamic, and touch sensitive. When pushed, the Black Flag produces a beautiful singing 6V6 tube overdrive that doesn’t squash out. Clean tones are rich, full, and open. The amp design offers clean lines and a meticulous build quality in a completely handmade product that is not only appealing to look at, but inspiring to play.


  • Full 22 watts
  • Completely hand-wired in the USA
  • Selected handmade Mercury Magnetics transformers
  • Mercury Magnetics hard-wired power cord
  • Celestion Gold 12” alnico speaker
  • Premium components
  • Variable Boost
  • Handmade in the USA custom pine cabinet
  • Volume, Treble, Bass, Boost controls
  • British/American-style Voice switch
  • 2 x 6V6, 2 x 12AX7, GZ34

Suggested retail $1990

Available through the Chicago Music Exchange

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