Monday, January 21, 2008

new $5000 2-channel Vacuum Tube Guitar Amp - Gimmick or What?

Introducing Metasonix' G-1000 Fu¢king Fu¢ker (the letter "c" has been replaced so Google doesn't block my ads again), a two-channel guitar amp. It's hideous, it's yellow, it will be pixellated every time a rich rockstar puts one in his video, and I'm sure it sounds incredible.

They wont be able to advertise it in many magazines or sell it on many mainstream sites like Ebay.

It is 100% vacuum tubes, from input to output. It contains 100% new-old-stock (NOS) tubes. Types never seen in guitar amps.

The G-1000 consists of two totally independent amplifiers, with very different preamp sections. One channel is called the HAPPY channel. The other is called the ANGRY channel.

For damn good reason. "One sucks your face, the other gnaws your foreskin off."

The HAPPY channel is a more-or-less conventional instrument amp. It has plenty of gain and distortion (if desired), it has a conventional guitar-amp tone control section, and it has reverb. Everything else about it is DEVIANT. It has a PHASE control, which allows mixing of normal and inverted signals—or it may be adjusted to cancel out the original signal and pass only the distortion products....and, it's all made of unusual tubes. Mostly pentodes, ha ha ha.

The ANGRY channel is well-named. It is designed for instability and raw, berserk distortion effects. It, too, has typical guitar-amp tone controls and reverb. It uses a 6BN6 and two remote-cutoff pentodes. "Ask your mother what those are. She's already tasted your foreskin anyway."

Artwork on the amp's front panel by Dave Lovelace, of "Retarded Animal Babies" infamy. (

Oh, the amp's name? The idea came from Mike Brown of Livewire Synthesizers. Blame him. (It came from one of Dave Lovelace's cartoons. Yes, the Fu¢king Fu¢ker is a real, live cartoon character. A super-villain, come to think of it.)

G-1000 is made on a custom basis only and should be available in late 2008. Expected retail price is US $ 5000.

A high-resolution photo of the G-1000 is on our website at:

Source [Metasonix] via [MusicThing] via [Daily Swarm]

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