SPANKY JR 6VEL
GUITAR AND PEDAL PLATFORM AMPLIFIER
The SPANKY Jr 6VEL is our new high-headroom grab-n-go 5 Watt 110 combo amplifier! Thanks to 3P’s 6VEL™ technology, you can operate the amp on most of your favorite tube combinations. The SPANKY Jr 6VEL is for virtually everyone and is at home just about anywhere. It’s designed on an overbuilt power supply including the exact higher current power transformer as used in our 20W Spanky MKII so you know its got enough headroom and punch for any low volume gig, rehearsal, showcase, or any environment where inspiration calls.
Single Ended guitar amplifiers employ an output section that operates in Class-A (more about that in the next section). They were once considered student-type amplifiers with simpler circuits, fewer components and generally lower output and volume. The ‘magic’ in the format waiting to be unleashed is a potentially purer tone due to shorter signal path, increased harmonic content at the power tube stage, and an intimate responsiveness and expressiveness when compared to push-pull amps.
The SPANKY Jr 6VEL features two 12AX7 dual-triode preamp tubes. Both operating in Class-A, the first tube is for the preamp and driver gain stages, the second one is for our now legendary tube-driven spring reverb effect. The power amp section employs a Single Ended, Class-A power design. This means that the power tube operates for the entire cycle of the audio signal resulting in a sound that is free of the crossover distortion that can occur in push-pull type amplifiers.
According to Wiki "Cathode Bias (also known as self-bias, or automatic bias) is a technique used with vacuum tubes to make the direct current (dc) cathode voltage positive in relation to the negative side of the plate voltage supply,” meaning the power tube self-regulates its operation without requiring the user to set the operating bias point of the power tube. The SPANKY Jr 6VEL utilizes a single octal-based power tube socket with supported power tubes including 6V6 (standard), EL34, 6L6, 5881, KT66. Supported rectifier tubes include 5Y3 (standard) and 5AR4/GZ34.
HANDWIRED, TURRET BOARD CONSTRUCTION
The SPANKY Jr 6VEL is made by hand using FR4 board material that we source raw and drill in-house. Each turret is then hand placed and swaged to lock it into position. From there, we hand wire each trace to the back of the board prior to hand picking and installing the components and wire tails.
SOLID PINE ENCLOSURE
The EXTRA SPANKY 6VEL features a purpose-built custom solid pine enclosure. Every detail from joinery to thickness, from back panel width and open-air venting, was considered and selected for optimal performance. The result is a dramatically improved sonic depth and low frequency response compared to typical current and even legendary vintage amps in its class.
The EXTRA SPANKY 6VEL features an enclosure that’s 3/4″ deeper than traditional enclosures. Additionally, the long front angle matches the tilt of our Spanky styled cabinets for a solid, substantial and more uniform looking footprint and profile. Going beyond aesthetics, this design increases the internal cubic volume of the enclosure enhancing the sonic performance of the speaker.
10 INCH SPEAKER
The EXTRA SPANKY 6VEL enclosure was also designed from the ground up to accommodate a 10″ speaker. We selected a birch ply baffle mounted on 3/4″ cleats to bring the enclosure system together. The result is an amplifier that sounds and more importantly, feels HUGE!
• Clean, American Voiced, High Headroom Preamp Section
• 3-Band EQ
• Tube Driven Spring Reverb with Flood-Mode™ Switch
• 6V6 (5W) Class-A Operation
• Cathode Biased for plug-n-play Octal-based Tube Swapping
• Overbuilt Power Transformer and Power Supply
• Hand-wired and Hand Built in Nashville, TN
• Limited Lifetime Warranty
Model Name: Spanky Jr 6VEL
Output Architecture: 1x Power Tube (Class A), Cathode Biased
Power Output: ~5W (6V6), nominal increase when using 6L6, EL34, or KT66
Plate Voltage, Rectification: 120V AC input yields ~360 V DC (5Y3 rectified), 380 V DC (GZ34 rectified)
Controls: Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Reverb w/ Flood-Mode™ switch
Output Impedance: One each, 8 and 4 Ohm Output Jacks
Internal Speaker (Combo): WGS ET-10 Speaker (8 Ohms)
Preamp Architecture: 1x 12AX7 Preamp Tube, 1x 12AX7 Reverb Tube
Materials and Dimensions: 3/4 in. Solid Pine Cabinetry, Birch Front Baffle.