Grawgos
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#1
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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#2
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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Grawgos
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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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That thing sounds good on the video demo I saw. HNAD!

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R45VT
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Quote by Grawgos
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...
Quote by DeathByDestroyr
See, it's important that people clarify when they say "metal", because I pretty much always assume they are a Cannibal Corpse fanboi.
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Gut shots!
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#12
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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Stiff Amplification Dirthead 20w
Bugera 2x12 Cab
Fender Partscaster Korean Made
Epiphone Prophecy
Washburn Southern Cross 34 of 100
Ibanez TS9,AD9,GCB95, Multi Chorus and TU2
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Grawgos
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Quote by bburritt1
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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Quote by Grawgos
The dirthead bros

INDEED
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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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Stiff Amplification Dirthead 20w
Bugera 2x12 Cab
Fender Partscaster Korean Made
Epiphone Prophecy
Washburn Southern Cross 34 of 100
Ibanez TS9,AD9,GCB95, Multi Chorus and TU2
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Quote by bburritt1
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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Stiff Amplification Dirthead 20w
Bugera 2x12 Cab
Fender Partscaster Korean Made
Epiphone Prophecy
Washburn Southern Cross 34 of 100
Ibanez TS9,AD9,GCB95, Multi Chorus and TU2
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nice. steal for 500.

not happy with the plastic jacks on the back...are they plastic?
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Those tubes look extraordinarily large, they intrigue me.
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Bastards.
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#20
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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See, it's important that people clarify when they say "metal", because I pretty much always assume they are a Cannibal Corpse fanboi.
Grawgos
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I did a quick recording of the amp. Don't make fun of my playing too much, I am still learning this song and was nervous about screwing it up while filming. I don't know how to edit or anything, so all the mistakes are present.

This is my Washburn x50 with Madhouse Walter pickups straight into the amp. The guitar is tuned to C# since it's a Venom song.

Setting on the amp were:

Voice 11 o'clock

Bass 1 o'clock

Mids almost noon

Treble 11 o'clock

gain at noon

presence 9 o'clock

Keep in mind that was recorded with a little Kodak handheld cam. This positioning of the camera gave me the best sound quality even though it still sucks.
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#23
Now i know what the insides look like! Awesome Gut shot bud! Enjoy your new Dirthead. I sure as hell am with mine!
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Stiff Amplification Dirthead 20w
Bugera 2x12 Cab
Fender Partscaster Korean Made
Epiphone Prophecy
Washburn Southern Cross 34 of 100
Ibanez TS9,AD9,GCB95, Multi Chorus and TU2
Grawgos
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#24
Hey B, if you click on the pic in my previous post does the video play for you? It does from my desktop but not on my phone. I was just wondering if its working. I'm kinda surprised that no one has made a few wisecracks about my playing.
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#25
Works on my end but takes you to photobucket before it plays.


I hope no one rags on anyones playing skills. It would stop people from posting. Not everyone is Eddie Van Halen ya know?

Thanks for the clip.




If you get better recording equipment you should post a demo in the dedicated thread.
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Quote by Grawgos
Yeah, I wish I had better recording methods to do a walk through. The wife will kill me if I start buying recording equipment though.


Just an interface and a mic is all that is needed.

I hear you. Same boat.
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Sounds good! HNAD!

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Quote by Grawgos
Yeah, I wish I had better recording methods to do a walk through. The wife will kill me if I start buying recording equipment though.

LMAO! Mine to man! She is allready tired of my ass looking at amps and pedals all the time. She wants me to start gigging again but with a baby and a thinning wallet that gets a bit tuff. So if i bring up the mention of recording.....i ge the stare and any husband knows that stare......i dont like that stare.

But yeah the video sounds good man. Im gonna try eventually to do a full in depth review on mine and putting it on youtube.
The Rig of Joy:
Stiff Amplification Dirthead 20w
Bugera 2x12 Cab
Fender Partscaster Korean Made
Epiphone Prophecy
Washburn Southern Cross 34 of 100
Ibanez TS9,AD9,GCB95, Multi Chorus and TU2
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Quote by bburritt1
LMAO! Mine to man! She is allready tired of my ass looking at amps and pedals all the time. She wants me to start gigging again but with a baby and a thinning wallet that gets a bit tuff. So if i bring up the mention of recording.....i ge the stare and any husband knows that stare......i dont like that stare.

But yeah the video sounds good man. Im gonna try eventually to do a full in depth review on mine and putting it on youtube.


Evenings and weekends like every other starving artist with a day job. Might even help that thin wallet if you do it right...

Weddings pay well.
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”
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Evenings and weekends like every other starving artist with a day job. Might even help that thin wallet if you do it right...

Weddings pay well.

Very true. And Thank You.

Im thinking of getting in contact with some of my old crew that have waved byebye to the metal scene fulltime to playing either country and blues. Me having no expirence personally playing both correctly should be interesting. This amp will do whatever you want so its easy to pull anything off. Im more into listening to metal than my slowly decaying left hand is. So it might be a nice change to a different style.

Thanks again for the advice.
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Stiff Amplification Dirthead 20w
Bugera 2x12 Cab
Fender Partscaster Korean Made
Epiphone Prophecy
Washburn Southern Cross 34 of 100
Ibanez TS9,AD9,GCB95, Multi Chorus and TU2
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Quote by bburritt1
Very true. And Thank You.

Im thinking of getting in contact with some of my old crew that have waved byebye to the metal scene fulltime to playing either country and blues. Me having no expirence personally playing both correctly should be interesting. This amp will do whatever you want so its easy to pull anything off. Im more into listening to metal than my slowly decaying left hand is. So it might be a nice change to a different style.

Thanks again for the advice.


Listen to some of the Jason Aldean / Eric Church / Jake Owen / Chris Cagle/ Josh Thompson country to see where the genre is at currently. It's not old school country and it's certainly more fun to play and not difficult at all.

Change a few words and lose the 'twang' and most of these newer songs would have been rock 20 years ago...

We attended a wedding a couple of years back for 2 old friends and they booked a well-respected local 4 piece group for a 4 hour gig, country and light rock and the bride and groom selected the setlist.

$2,750...

They stayed an extra hour because they took requests from the wedding party and probably knocked back another $300-400 in tips.

Now I note these folks are true professionals, and have top quality gear, but they stay booked up so it can be done.
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Quote by Arby911
Listen to some of the Jason Aldean / Eric Church / Jake Owen / Chris Cagle/ Josh Thompson country to see where the genre is at currently. It's not old school country and it's certainly more fun to play and not difficult at all.

Change a few words and lose the 'twang' and most of these newer songs would have been rock 20 years ago...

We attended a wedding a couple of years back for 2 old friends and they booked a well-respected local 4 piece group for a 4 hour gig, country and light rock and the bride and groom selected the setlist.

$2,750...

They stayed an extra hour because they took requests from the wedding party and probably knocked back another $300-400 in tips.

Now I note these folks are true professionals, and have top quality gear, but they stay booked up so it can be done.

Dear God! I new the money was good but not that good :O.

Trust let me hear it and i will play it backwards and forwards. But dang that aint bad. Going back to work at G.C again in two weeks after a 2 1/2 year break. So i will see what i get myself tied into.

But i truly dig more of the Rock type country than the over produced Pop Country that you hear alot nowadays. Brad Friggin Paisley is one of my heroes as well. Cant finger pick near that good but hey. Give a few weeks and i could jam a set with him though
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Bugera 2x12 Cab
Fender Partscaster Korean Made
Epiphone Prophecy
Washburn Southern Cross 34 of 100
Ibanez TS9,AD9,GCB95, Multi Chorus and TU2
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^^ my sister's friend got married a while back and they booked a 2-piece band and they cost something like £4k And i think they played for like an hour and a half or something like that.

it really does seem to pay well, in this part of the world, anyway (northern ireland). It pays well enough that it's actually worth considering as a proper job around here, assuming there aren't some massive expenses which I haven't thought of, and assuming you are good enough and get booked enough- though at that rate of pay one gig every month would easily be enough to live on!

One of the few advantages of living in a very conservative area, everyone wants to get married and makes a big thing of it
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Only on UG would I say I got engaged and bought a jet city and get congratulated on the amp


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Quote by Dave_Mc
^^ my sister's friend got married a while back and they booked a 2-piece band and they cost something like £4k And i think they played for like an hour and a half or something like that.

it really does seem to pay well, in this part of the world, anyway (northern ireland). It pays well enough that it's actually worth considering as a proper job around here, assuming there aren't some massive expenses which I haven't thought of, and assuming you are good enough and get booked enough- though at that rate of pay one gig every month would easily be enough to live on!

One of the few advantages of living in a very conservative area, everyone wants to get married and makes a big thing of it

Great grandparents are from Ireland! If wasnt a recovering alcoholic i would raid a local pup for some BREW! But im not Really want to visit though!

Yeah come to think of it my sisters wedding had a two peice band and even they were $2000 for 3 hrs. But 4000 euros for 1 1/2 hours? I would have my size 12 up one of those asses in a heartbeat if i saw them leave that quick!
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Stiff Amplification Dirthead 20w
Bugera 2x12 Cab
Fender Partscaster Korean Made
Epiphone Prophecy
Washburn Southern Cross 34 of 100
Ibanez TS9,AD9,GCB95, Multi Chorus and TU2
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#37
not 4000 euros, 4000 pounds sterling (I'm in northern ireland, we use the british pound here). slightly more even than 4000 euros

$6000 at current exchange rates. And they (allegedly) weren't even that good.

EDIT: this was a while back, though. not sure exactly how long, but in the current economic climate i'm not sure how the prices are.

EDIT #2: cool amp and nice thread title, by the way
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Only on UG would I say I got engaged and bought a jet city and get congratulated on the amp


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Quote by Dave_Mc
not 4000 euros, 4000 pounds sterling (I'm in northern ireland, we use the british pound here). slightly more even than 4000 euros

$6000 at current exchange rates. And they (allegedly) weren't even that good.

EDIT: this was a while back, though. not sure exactly how long, but in the current economic climate i'm not sure how the prices are.

EDIT #2: cool amp and nice thread title, by the way

And there goes to show the damage that can go from partying for 15 years straight and no break.....allow me ( i used to know the difference between pounds and euros) GOD i scare myself sometimes.

Oh and on the name. Thats part of the reason i bought it. You gotta have a good sense of humor while being a musician. It helps on the road!
Cheers
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Stiff Amplification Dirthead 20w
Bugera 2x12 Cab
Fender Partscaster Korean Made
Epiphone Prophecy
Washburn Southern Cross 34 of 100
Ibanez TS9,AD9,GCB95, Multi Chorus and TU2
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#39
haha no worries

and
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Only on UG would I say I got engaged and bought a jet city and get congratulated on the amp