Category Archives: Amplifiers

  1. Laney Lionheart L5T Graduates Top of Class A


    May 19, 2013 by tonetribune

      Rock and Roll Heritage The UK has been the birthplace of many of the most legendary guitar amplifiers in …
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  2. Hayden Mofo is a Gourmet Lunchbox

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    January 7, 2013 by tonetribune

    Just when you think you have tasted every valve flavor and settled on what you like and know, a new …
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  3. Swart Atomic Space Tone

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    September 25, 2012 by tonetribune

    Swart Atomic Space Tone

    This little blue-sparkle bruiser is an 18watt, 6v6 driven tone machine that I had built for me by Michael Swart back in 2007.

    It has a round, articulate clean sound that slowly breaks up as you increase the volume into a velvety crunch that walks the tonal tightrope between an overpowered champ and a classic 18w Marshall.

    The tremolo is a round, throbbing pulse that is simply stunning to behold. It inspired many late nights of dirgey hypno-riffing that could comatose a cobra or cause an involuntary flashback or two.

    One neat trick with all of the reverb-endowed Swart circuits is to cut the master volume to zero and turn up the Space/reverb knob. You are now gonna see Rod Serling round the corner in mid-conversation explaining that your reality is “one not of time or of matter but of SPACE.” This is a darker reverb than that of a classic blackface, but equally inspiring and suits the amps voice beautifully. I used these extensively during my time in Knoxville’s favorite baroque-assed garage-bachers The Cheat. Buy the vinyl here and support one of the USA’s coolest/oldest indie labels.

    If you want a truly unique amp that displays all the best atributes of a vintage supro, champ, 18w Marshall and even a little AC15 sparkle in a portable, beautiful package, go to and check out these handmade beauties for yourself.