The goal was a 50-watt amp, EL34 based, that would deliver decent overdrive even at lower volumes but that also be a relatively clean pedal-platform amp. The solution: use two modes, switchable with toggle. NORMAL mode has an Ampeg feel with plenty of cleans to use as is or as a pedal platform for pedals. BOOST mode is reminiscent of an early Orange OTR120. Lots of smooth, thick breakup that only builds rather than flattens as you increase the volume.
Above all, the amp also needed to be as compact and light weight as possible given it is a 50-watt combo weighing in at around 40lbs.
Ultimately the Sonic 50 can deliver tone and breakup at lower volumes and won't shrug a bit as you increase it. It works equally well with pedals and on it's own.
Model: Sonic 50
Weight: 38 lbs
Finish: Blue Tolex
Power: 50 Watts Class A
Speaker: 12" Weber Gray Wolf
Power Section: 2x EL34
Preamp Section: 12AX7
Phase Inverter/Driver: 12AX7
Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass, Presence, and Output Level. NORMAL/BOOST Switch
Special Features: High and Low impedance Inputs
- midsize amps