One of a Kind Benson Amps Earhart Head and Cabinet Violet Craft Premium "Bridgetown" Finish
This is a collaboration between Benson Amplifiers, Violet Craft Designs, and Five Star Guitars. All 3 are Portland, Oregon local small business and Violet's Bridgetown design celebrates our icon Bridges here in Portland with touches like the iconic Tom McCall Waterfront Park lamp posts, Dragon boat racers, the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler and Mount Saint Helens all accompanying many of our icon bridges.
Benson says: The 15 watt Earhart is our side hug to the top boost style of amplifier. Not being into the whole clone thing, we took part of the tone stack from the original 60s design, modified it, and dovetailed into the Monarch platform retaining some of the trickery that contribute to that platform’s touch sensitivity and harmonic characteristics. The Earhart also utilizes EL84 power tubes biased into class A. The result is a dream come true for those seeking a top boost type sound with better clarity, harmonics and a three dimensional feel.
The Earhart features Volume, Tone, and a Normal/Top Boost switch that adds to the versatility of the circuit. Normal takes away the chime and make the Earhart behave as a well balanced very good sounding amp much like the Monarch design. The top boost setting adds the chime on top. In both modes the tone knob control controls the balance between bass and treble frequencies…utilizing that in tandem with the volume can control the “tilt” of the frequencies allowing for many different sounds from a two knob amplifier. The midrange is very slightly scooped, but not as scooped as the original top boost style amps lending a satisfying sweetness to the sound.
2 x JJ EL84 power tubes, 2 x JJ 12AX7 preamp tubes, JJ 5AR4 rectifier(default)
13-18 watts (depending on rectifier)
Speaker outputs: 1 x 8 ohm, 1 x 16 ohm
Point to point construction on terminal strips - no circuit, eyelet or turret board
Mercury Magnetics transformers
Carbon Comp resistors
DC filments for low noise
Dovetailed pine speaker cabinets
Serial# 082119N Benson amplifiers amps
EARHART Head and Cabinet with custom Premium finish
Violet Craft Waterfront collection pattern “Bridgetown” in Black
Rectifier: 1x JJ 5AR4
Power: 2x JJ EL84
Pre: 2x JJ 12AX7
8ohm or 16 ohm 1/4" outputs
1x12 Open Back Cab with 30 Watt 8 Ohm Benson Amps Custom Ceramic Speaker in Cab