An amp that delivers three distinct, useful and rich British tones that are instantly recognizable.
The Empire represents over four years of attention and ultra-detailed research into the subtleties of several eras of EL34 power tube-based British amps ranging from the mid-sixties up through the ‘90s. Taking the best from each, 65amps has put together the Empire, which can deliver three distinct, useful, and rich British tones. Tones that you will instantly recognize and have dreamt about, all built into an amp based on 6V6 power tubes which can be played at controllable volumes that are optimal for modern use.
The Empire is the culmination, thus far, of all the desires and knowledge that 65amps has collected about a certain popular British amp that set the standard for rock music. Since the inception of 65amps, Peter and Dan have fantasized about an amp that is hyper-functional and delivers proper, classic, British tones; not just a good imitation. The biggest hurdle was to choose which era of that British sound to go after. Finally, after a bit of frustration, Dan and Peter tried to pick their three favorites and put them all into one amp. You’ll find mid-‘60s, late-‘60s-early‘70s, and into the early ‘90s classic tones instantly available with the Empire.
Other notable features:
Mercury Magnetics Hand-wound Transformers made in Los Angeles – Custom made using the highest grade M6 steel and pure copper windings. Mercury’s hand-wound transformers offer a quality level unparalleled in the market today. Hand-wound transformers, while much more expensive, will deliver elegant, balanced, clear vintage tone that is unmistakable.
SoZo Capacitors – For the most musical and detailed response from your amplifier. SoZos are the most musical, consistent and complete sounding capacitors on the market. Made to the highest standards in the USA.
Aluminum Chassis – All of 65smps' chassis are made from high-grade aluminum here in Los Angeles. This quality of chassis is the best we’ve found for grounding quietly, shielding against 21st century RF sources that are everywhere, and the ruggedness required for working professionals.
Authentic Allen-Bradley Carbon Comp resistors where it counts – In the signal path of all 65amps are the best sounding resistors known: Allen-Bradley Carbon Comps. Renown for decades as the “magic” part required for getting “that” sound, the Allen-Bradley resistor is an unparalleled finishing touch for your tone. All other resistors are 1% tolerance mil-spec parts made in the Americas that ensure that your amp will always be performing at peak potential and always be safe