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Old 02-27-2013, 11:15 AM   #1
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NAD! UPS came and I got a Stiffy

This arrived on Monday night.


It's a Stiff Amplification Little Stiffy Dirthead. 20 watts, 2 12Ax7 and 2 6L6 tubes, Effects loop, runs 4,8,16 ohms without needing to hit any switches, two channels and comes with a foot switch. It's cathode biased, so no need to bias when changing tubes.

It's incredibly small and really loud, but sounds great at low volumes. As you can see in the pic, it's about 2/3 the size of my Black Heart Handsome devil.

It does the high gain sound incredibly well and I can get anything from Dead Kennedy's to circle jerks, to Venom (past to present), to slayer like tones. The voice knob is probably my favorite feature as it drastically changes the tone from dark and thunderous to razor sharp. The presence is located on the back of the amp and makes a large difference in tone also. Between the two, you can get a huge variety of sounds.

The clean channel really impressed me. It sounded alot better than I thought it would. It's not fender clean, but it does sound amazing. The clean channel is controled by the volume and the tone.



This amp is built like a tank and is surprisingly heavy for its size.

I haven't had a chance to run my fuzz pedals or delay through it. I have been spending what little time I have it with it plugged straight in. It's just been way too much fun jamming plugged straight in to test everything else out.

I wanted a small amp for home use, since I don't gig, that can give me a killer high gain tone and this amp gives me that and hell of alot more. At 504 bucks shipped, this is a killer deal.

If I left anything out, or you want to know anything specific, just ask.

I will do a full, official review for the review section of UG after I have spent more time with it.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:18 AM   #2
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What made you buy it?

Just curious as a Krank owner about how you heard of his new company.


NHAD

I'd love to check one out sometime.





When are you going to get some gut shots of it?
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:51 AM   #3
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Thanks.

I saw the clips on YouTube and emailed Tony some questions, which he answered immediately.

I saw that NAD about it, sorry I forgot his name, and that kind if confirmed my thoughts about it, so I bit the bullet and ordered it.

I am extremely happy with it.

Gut shots will have to wait a bit, having too much fun with it. I haven't even looked to see what the stock tubes are yet.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:55 AM   #4
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looks pretty badass.

$504?
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:24 PM   #5
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Thanks Gregs. It is badass and the 504 includes shipping.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:32 PM   #6
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:46 PM   #7
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That thing sounds good on the video demo I saw. HNAD!

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Old 02-27-2013, 10:06 PM   #8
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Thanks Gregs. It is badass and the 504 includes shipping.


Shit. How the hell did he make any money off that?

Not a bad price at all.

I'd still like to see the internals on one...
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:27 PM   #9
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:31 PM   #10
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I'm going to order some SED winged c tubes soon, so I'll try to get some gut shots when I change tubes.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:40 PM   #11
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Gut shots!
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:42 PM   #12
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YAY! Im not alone on this one! Were like twins now

Glad you like it man. I love mine to death. And yes that Voice knob is what really carves out the Distortion! And just like you said its not fender clean but its really its own. Effects work great through it. I run mine straight through at the moment. I ran out of chords for the effects loop. But i use the FX Level as a master volume control. ITS AMAZING!

Yes gut shots! Im not that brave to open it up. Dont have the time yet. Maybe when i retube it!

$504 for 20W $604 for 50w 904 for 100w .... not bad for an all USA build amp. Prices are low because its factory direct. No middle man just Tony himself.

Edit :Oh and the tubes are not labled on mine so if you figure it out let me know! I know there 6L6 or 5881 but thats it!

HNAD DUDE!
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YAY! Im not alone on this one! Were like twins now

Glad you like it man. I love mine to death. And yes that Voice knob is what really carves out the Distortion! And just like you said its not fender clean but its really its own. Effects work great through it. I run mine straight through at the moment. I ran out of chords for the effects loop. But i use the FX Level as a master volume control. ITS AMAZING!

Yes gut shots! Im not that brave to open it up. Dont have the time yet. Maybe when i retube it!


The dirthead bros
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I just Emailed Tony to see what brand of tubes are in there. My lil manual just says 2x6L6 and 3x12AX7.
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I just Emailed Tony to see what brand of tubes are in there. My lil manual just says 2x6L6 and 3x12AX7.


Sovtek Powertubes 6L6's
Sino Preamp Tubes 12AX7
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:32 PM   #17
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nice. steal for 500.

not happy with the plastic jacks on the back...are they plastic?
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:49 PM   #18
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Those tubes look extraordinarily large, they intrigue me.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:59 PM   #19
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Ask and ye shall recieve. GUTSSSS!!!!!!!!!!















I hope those are good enough for ya, I won't be opening her up again till I re-tube.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:04 PM   #20
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Sweet !

Thanks. I just wanted to see how it was constructed compared to my Krank. The "+" model I have is SMT, which is not good for repairs... another reason for me to sell it!!



Thanks for opening it up and snapping a few photos!

You should post them in the gut shot thread as well.
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