This low powered 100% tube amplifier was designed to provide the sound quality and tonal response of a hard working vintage amp, but at real world -studio, small club, home- volume levels. Class A single ended power stage provides detailed clean sounds and raw, articulate natural output tube distortion, all under finger tip control. Lower volume settings or a light touch produce a lush ringing clean sound, with your tone getting gradually more aggressive as you crank it up and dig in. Don't let the power rating fool you, this amp will push pure raunch through a 4x12 if you so desire! Self adjusting cathode bias allows you to change the tube set up at will to get a HUGE variety of different responses. Most of the major classic guitar amp tubes can be used, and since you only need one tube of each type, you can afford to experiment. The old collectible tubes are getting incredibly expensive! Tube matching is also no longer an issue. Superbaby Enclosed Mahogany Head
The Superbaby will bias itself for any of these common tube types, with no need for a tech, and no need to be stuck using only one limited tube set up! Produces 6-12 watts depending on the tube set up used.
rectifier tubes : 5Y3, 5AR4/GZ34, 5R4, 5V4, 5Z4
output tubes : 6L6, EL34, KT66, KT77, KT88, 5881, 6550, 6V6, EL84/6BQ5/EL844 (w/YellowJacket adapter)
preamp tubes : 12AX7, 12AT7, 12AV7, 12AU7, 12AY7, 5751 etc...
The Superbaby ships stock with a 5Y3 rectifier, 6L6GC output tube,
and a selected current production 12AX7, ~ 8 watts output.
Front Panel: INPUT jack, VOICING switch, TONE control with bypass switch, VOLUME control
Back panel: POWER/STANDBY switch, speaker OUTPUT (4-16 ohms)
The three position VOICING switch configures the gain & dynamics of both the preamp and power amp stages. Each setting allows a full 'clean-to-scream' spectrum of tones, but with a different feel and gain structure.
Clean - low gain preamp with lots of sweet natural compression,
makes the amp more controlled throughout its range.
Loose - raw, juicy, versatile, and harmonically rich, the most touch responsive mode.
Boost - adds drive, punch, & pure raunch.
The VOLUME and TONE controls are quite interactive.
Use both to create a wide range of gain structures and EQ curves. The TONE control is a purely subtractive, passive EQ. Consider the middle area to be the 'neutral' position. Turning to the left subtracts treble frequencies and gain, turning to the right subtracts bass frequencies and gain. To produce a wide open, less filtered tone,
you can bypass the TONE control entirely by clicking it fully CCW.
The VOLUME control determines how hard your signal hits the output tube and ultimately how clean or dirty your sound is. The rest is up to you...
10" Superbaby Combo -Weber Blue Pup alnico speaker 12" Superbaby Combo -Weber Blue Dog alnico speaker
True 'on the fly' point to point wiring provides a solid, hard-wired signal path that is as short, direct, and harmonically rich as possible. No circuit boards of any kind are used to facilitate assembly line mass production. All circuit components are soldered directly to each other whenever possible, an approach that minimizes the number of solder joints and extra wire required to build a given circuit- about a third fewer solder joints and literally FEET less wire than standard tagboard point to point technique. Good for reliability, quiet operation, and dynamic TONE! The result is a clarity of articulation and sound that is astoundingly satisfying to play!
The Superbaby ships stock with a NOS 5Y3 rectifier, 6L6GC output tube, and a selected current production 12AX7. or... if you are TRULY thermonically insane... you can order your amp with the optional
Mad Scientist Tube Set!
Many customers tell me that they have a hard time finding a wide range of quality tubes locally, so... I've decided to offer this set to those of you who are inclined to experiment and get the MOST out of their Superbaby. This Pandora's Box of sonic splendor adds 6 tube types for a wide range of combinations to play with, each with its own response and harmonic terrain to explore. Better leave a trail of bread crumbs so you can find your way back... Its like suddenly owning a roomful of old amps. This bottomless pit of tone is available to Emery Sound amp owners only.
A Superbaby with the Mad Scientist option ships with: - 2 Rectifiers - NOS 5Y3GT JJ 5AR4/GZ34 - 5 Output Tubes - TungSol 6L6GC ElectroHarmonix EL34
TungSol 6V6 JJ EL844 Sovtek EL84
YellowJacket EL84 socket adapter (YJUNI) - 2 Preamp Tubes - TungSol 12AX7 JJ 12AU7/ECC802
Tube availability is subject to change. I'll try to keep this list up to date. The tubes used are selected from the highest quality of what is currently available in reasonable quantities, as in, outside the collector realm, where a single vintage EL34 can cost a lot more than this whole set! All tubes are play tested in amps before shipping, the best test.