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Benson Amplifiers Earhart Head and Cabinet Violet Craft Premium "Bridgetown" Finish

One of a KindBenson Amps Earhart Head and Cabinet Violet Craft Premium "Bridgetown" Finish

This is a collaborationbetween 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 theColumbia Gorge Sternwheeler and Mount Saint Helens all accompanyingmany 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 platforms 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 frequenciesutilizing 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.

Specs

  • 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

Dimensions/weight:

  • Head 13.5W 8H 8.25D 16 lbs

  • 1x12 Cabinet 17W 18.5H 10D 20-23 lbs

Build

  • Point to point construction on terminal strips - no circuit eyelet or turret board

  • Mercury Magnetics transformers

  • Carbon Comp resistors

  • Jupiter capacitors

  • DC filments for low noise

  • Dovetailed pine speaker cabinets

Speaker

  • Benson Custom Ceramic - Well balanced punchy and warm ceramic tone

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