Saturday January 14, 2012

65Amps London Pro Practice Amp

The latest addition to the 65Amps family is the London Pro. Based on the original 18-watt London 65, this new amp head, also 18 watts is the first model in the Red Line series. It’s not the first time boutique maker 65Amps has put its finger into in the low-wattage pie. In fact, the most powerful guitar amp 65Amps currently builds is a delicate 45 watter - the Royal Albert. So it comes as no surprise when 65Amps offers up yet another super low watt small amp with tons of tone.

The London Pro is a two channel 18 watt amp head that’s also available as a 1x12” or 2x12” combo. It’s based on 2xEL84 in the power, a 1x12AX7 channel and a tube rectifier. Interestingly there is a 1xEF86 (pentode) tube that drives the EF86 Colour Channel reminiscent of the British Invasion sound. This can also be combined with the typical 12AX7 channel for higher gain. When the channels are combined the each channels volume knob becomes an individual gain control. The tone controls are still individual to their own channel giving a whole range of tone shaping options.

65Amps London Pro

65Amps London Pro

On the front panel are and On/Off toggle, Standby toggle, Master Voltage knob, Tone and Volume for EF86 Colour Channel, Tone and Volume for 12AX7 channel and a Colour knob. The Master Voltage knob allows the wattage of the amp to be lowered without losing the tone at low volumes.

Red Line Cabinet

The matching Red Line Baltic birch cabinet can be bought as a 1x12” or 2x12” loaded with a Celestion G12H30 speaker. The cabinet styling is rather eclectic and suggestive of an art deco furniture piece, but hey, it’s boutique, what were you thinking?

65amps is the creation of founders Dan Boul and Peter Stroud, Sheryl Crowe’s lead guitarist. With amp names like London Pro, SoHo and Royal Albert you’d think that these were UK built, but they are in fact hand-wired and assembled in North Hollywood, CA. While 65Amps aren’t cheap, the London Pro is built as an affordable version of the London 65 which retails for $2,595 (head) compared to the $1850 of the London Pro.

If you want even lower watt practice amp the 65Amps Lil’ Elvis ($1,850) head could be the answer at a diminutive 12 watts. By the way it’s named after Elvis Costello, so no need to bring your white jumpsuit!

London Pro Preliminary List Prices

  • London Pro head $1850
  • London Pro 1x12 combo $2295
  • London Pro 2x12 combo $2395
  • Red Line 1x12 cabinet $575
  • Red Line 2x12 cabinet $649

London Pro Specifications

  • Output: 18 Watts
  • Tubes: 2xEL84, 1xEF86, 1x12AX7, tube rectified
  • Combo speakers: 2x12 or 1x12" Celestion G12H30
  • Panel controls: On/Off, On/Standby, Master Voltage knob, Tone and Volume for EF86 Colour Channel, Tone and Volume for 12AX7 channel, Colour knob
  • Extras: Two-button footswitch jack, dual speaker outs, switch for 8Ω & 16Ω impedance
  • Cabinet: Void free Baltic birch
  • Dimensions: Head: 24.75" W x 8.5" D x 10.5" H; Combo: 1x12 25" W x 10" D x 19.75" H
  • Accessories: Footswitch included
  • Pair with Red Line cabinet:
  • Speakers: 2x12" or 1x12" Celestion G12H30

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