CLASS A 5W Single-Ended - TUBE REVERB - 12" Speaker - 6V6/6L6/EL-34 Compatible
This is essentially the Space Tone Reverb, a circuit based
on the little 5W, Class A, single-ended 6V6'R that started it all, but with new
found bottom, and just amazing breakup (in my view, the BEST of the whole ST
series). Of course, it has the same king hell reverb. In addition, the
STR-Tweed has a switch that brings in more cleans, taming the breakup a bit
when you want to tone it down.
But to tell you the truth, I haven't been able to stop
smiling enough to use that switch for cleans, that's how much of a blast this
amp is in "hot" mode. It really is a lot like that little ST-6V6
single-ended beast, but with that big 12" speaker, bigger cabinet vibe
riding along with some Swart magic. This cabinet is actually wider and deeper
than the AST, only losing a bit in the height department.
Compared to the STR, it's a bit warmer and bit hotter. This
is not a subdued amp at all, sounding far bigger than you would think any 5
watts could do. And there is something magical about pure Class A single-ended,
6V6 watts, too. Lord, I love that SE breakup when everything kicks in. Who
needs a pedal!?
The point to point, hand-wired STR-Tweed has three
driver/preamp tubes comprised of two 12AX7s and one 12DW7 with a parallel
Reverb stage utilizing the 12DW7 & 12AX7, providing the circuit with
virtually zero insertion loss. And like all Swart amplifiers, the STR-Tweed is
tube rectified by the JJ 5AR4/GZ34 for the best AC filtering bringing great
compression and tone, avoiding the typical solid state harshness that seems to
ride along with solid state rectification. Try a vintage 5Y3 for a bit more SAG
and less voltage on the power tubes.
If you look at the specs above, you'll notice a lot of
familiar attributes, such as cloth covered hook-up wire, carbon comp resistors,
quality Mallory caps, and a circuit optimized with testing done by
LISTENING....and MORE listening. Whether with the BV-30, this amp kills it..
And like ALL Swart amps, STR-Tweed utilizes the Swart
philosophy of minimal controls for the least complexity, something we feel is
instrumental in great tone. Wonder why we go with a simple "treble"
cut in the circuit? There's the answer. You wont see a plethora of controls in
the Space Tone series because we've found it compromises our #1 goal: The best
tone out there.
5W CLASS A ~ JUST INSANELY BIG TONE BREAKUP!
Single-Ended Output - Zero Negative Feedback
100% Tube Circuit - GZ34 or 5Y3 Valve Rectifier
Big Swart Tube Reverb - Foot Switchable
Hot and Clean mode Switch
Powered by choice of 6V6 ~ 6L6 ~ EL-34 (shod w/6V6)!
JJ 12AX7(2) - JJ 12DW7 - EH 6V6GT - JJ GZ34 Rectifier
Point to Point Hand Wired Circuit
Cathode Biased (no need to bias)
Carbon Comp Resistors ~ Mallory Caps
Cloth Hook-Up Wire
Hi/Lo Input for High & Low powered Pickups
Heaters referenced to ground
Standby Switch for tube warm-up, extending tube life
All Swart Amplifiers employ Star Grounding
4/8 ohm 1/4" Out - Drive other Speaker/Cabinet
Switchcraft 1/4 inch inputs and output
Custom High Quality USA Built Swart Spec Iron
Speaker: 12" Mojotone BV-30H ~ 8 ohm
Finger-Jointed, solid Pine Cab w/ Lacquer Tweed Cover
Vintage Jewel Lamp ~ Circuit Fuse Protected
Dimensions: 17" W x 9 3/4" D X 16 3/4" H
(w/feet) ~ 29lbs