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Old 10-07-2009, 10:29 AM   #21
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I'm assuming US alf based on their address. I think they are hand building these but I could be wrong.


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Old 10-07-2009, 10:39 AM   #22
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I've noticed these in GW myself...never thought twice about them though. Good info Will definitely have to try one out.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:05 AM   #23
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Honestly they look like they may be great amps, but they also have the potential to fail.

I know that not every amp is designed for every player but some people don't like the sound of full saturation all the time, so unless there's a way to turn that feature off on the amps there are going to be a lot of people who are going to avoid these amps.

Also, like every new amp, there are going to be a lot of bugs and kinks in the plan when these amps first come out - and with technology like this its very important to have everything ironed out in the beginning. A lot of people are going to be skeptical to begin with - if the amps have bugs and whatnot that will need to be worked out (which they most likely will) I think it will prevent a lot of people from trying the second or third run of these amps which would most likely have the flaws fixed.
Yes, a lot of people will avoid them, but there is a huge percentage of players who yearn for that power-amp tone that you can't find in Peavey, Mesa Boogie or Marshall--three of the biggest high-gain amp makers.

If the amps work out, it could well fill that niche perfectly.

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Does it also mean that they will cost the world in Europe?

Nice work, 311!

edit: it's a shame they look absolutely awful.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:44 PM   #24
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^good points.

I thought that too, but somewhere (and on the premierguitar vid) they talk about how Bolt is owned by a parent company that owns a bunch of other stuff so it's not just 2 guys. I've closed that site and shutting down after this post so I'll pick it back up tomorrow.

The feature list on these amps is pretty impressive otherwise. Passive or Active EQ, series/parallel selectable FX loop, db select FX loop, choice of EL34s or 6L6s, 50/100w switch, Boost switch is variable, various reverbs. Cabs are made of birch and have Vintage 30s.

I'm not saying all of that justifies the cost but those features are complex and not cheap. Too bad the amps are so damn ugly


Here was the feature I didn't get:

Power amp Mute switch




True, I agree that those features are complex, take up amp gut real estate and probably cost a pretty penny. Also while the idea of the tube power system shouldn't be hard to implement, we don't know how complex the mechanics behind it would be. For all we know, it could take up more space than just a 12AX7.

I'd hand it to them for the features. You don't see so many practical features being squeezed into an amp very often.

However, I would like to point out is that... we buy an amp for great tones. All the bells, whistles and gimmicks won't make up for bad tone.

Also, yes the amp looks fugly.

Has anyone noticed that the front panel layout for the amp head is reversed on the combo? Strange of them to do that.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:49 PM   #25
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Glad I'm not the only one who thinks these amps are ugly! haha
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:56 PM   #26
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Glad I'm not the only one who thinks these amps are ugly! haha


Well maybe not fugly... but it looks bad, lacking in taste... and the yellow panel looks tacky, esp with the see through plexiglass and cutouts.

Yeah... fugly.
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Well maybe not fugly... but it looks bad, lacking in taste... and the yellow panel looks tacky, esp with the see through plexiglass and cutouts.

Yeah... fugly.


Haha exactly. I guess its really not a beauty contest though
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:11 AM   #28
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Yes, a lot of people will avoid them, but there is a huge percentage of players who yearn for that power-amp tone that you can't find in Peavey, Mesa Boogie or Marshall--three of the biggest high-gain amp makers.

If the amps work out, it could well fill that niche perfectly.

Does it also mean that they will cost the world in Europe?

Nice work, 311!

edit: it's a shame they look absolutely awful.


Agreed and...

Thanks


That orange parts would have looked a lot better in chrome



Again, what does 'Power Tube Mute' mean?
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:12 AM   #29
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Haha exactly. I guess its really not a beauty contest though


Trooooo... but it'd be nice if it didn't look so tacky and gaudy.
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Trooooo... but it'd be nice if it didn't look so tacky and gaudy.


Haha yea - just wait until they have some artist endorsements...

There ads will be some guy standing in front of a wall of those ugly things!
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There ads will be some guy standing in front of a wall of those ugly things!


Yucks
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:32 AM   #32
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Trooooo... but it'd be nice if it didn't look so tacky and gaudy.


That was the main reason that when I saw the Guitar World ad, I wrote them off as kinda cheap and gimicky. Time will tell on that one. Then when I got the next months issue in the mail and saw them again - That's when I went to web site and started to research.



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Old 10-11-2009, 10:05 AM   #33
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BUMP...

No moar interest?
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Old 10-11-2009, 12:26 PM   #34
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They're on Thomann for 1799. They're not in stock yet, however.
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Old 10-11-2009, 01:08 PM   #35
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Sorry to be so blunt, but is it just me or is that the ugliest looking amp ever made? $1699 and it looks like a golf club you buy from wal mart.

On the other hand I'm very interested to see how they are received.
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It looks a lot less tacky in black: http://www.thomann.de/nl/bolt_active_response_bk.htm
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It looks a lot less tacky in black: http://www.thomann.de/nl/bolt_active_response_bk.htm


Better but still, idk. I'm just surprised at the price point, because when I saw the ads in Guitar World I was assuming it was a budget tube amp but it looks like it might be quality. Although there are some great amps in the 1500-2000 price range for it to compete against.
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Old 11-29-2009, 11:08 PM   #38
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I sent an email to Bolt asking a few questions and these are the responses I got (summarized).



The power amp mute switch mutes the audio right before the power amp. It's main function is to do silent recording with the emulated line out on the back of the amp. You could also hook the emulated line out to a mixer and listen to the amp through headphones.

With the poweramp muted, the DSP recreates the sound of the poweramp so that you still maintain the tone of the amp for silent recording.

Yes, we will eventually offer the amp in black, red and silver as well as gold.

We are currently signing up dealers now and will post it on our website once it is complete.

Thanks,
Jeremy Geisler Senior Design EngineerBolt Amplification2370 S. 3600 W.Salt Lake City, UT 84119801-265-0917 ext 404www.boltamps.com



311 edit: The current ad in Guitar World states that the black face plate is available....looks much better imo.
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Old 11-29-2009, 11:11 PM   #39
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This is a very sudden necro.

I'm assuming no one has had their hands on one of these mythical amps yet?
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Old 11-30-2009, 01:43 AM   #40
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I don't think it can do brootlz but it does sound good to me. A tad fake. I'd like to hear more. The premise of the amp leads itself to be metalz if it wanted to.


did you see this one?

http://www.premierguitar.com/Video/..._Head_Demo.aspx

yay/nay?
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