Red Plate CosmicDustDuo
This amplifier has 4 discreet sections: Preamp-Drive1-Drive2-Fxloop
Preamp: The CosmicDust has a simple preamp (Volume and Tone) with a 6 position rotary switch that selects the mode (character) of its output. It has 2 variations of Fender "Blackface," 2 variations of "Brownface" and 2 variations of "Tweed." In addition, there is a bright switch that offers 2 brightness levels. The combinations possible between the mode and brightness switches allows for almost any clean tone imaginable with almost any type of guitar and because of the simplicity and intuitiveness of the controls, setting it for a player's tone preference is easy and immediate. Unlike a traditional 3 knob preamp there is minimal loading on the signal path so harmonics and sustain are emphasized with the overall effect of sounding 3 dimensional. This preamp is a proprietary design that is only available from Red Plate.
Overdrive: There are two separate discreet overdrive sections
1. Overdrive section 1 is called "Drive 1" and is the Red Plate version of the traditional style overdrive that many call "talent in a box." It is capable of a very smooth and rich sustain that makes every note sound so good you may not feel the need to play the next one. The gain, distortion and volume levels are fully adjustable so you can go anywhere between a slight bit of “hair" to full on super distortion.
2. Overdrive section 2 is called "Drive 2" and is a Red Plate design inspired by the more modern Marshall-esque style overdrive section. It has similar gain, distortion and level controls to the Drive 1 section but also has the addition of treble, middle and bass controls along with "mid boost" and "raw" (stack lift) features. It is capable of the "scooped" heavy bottom sounds yet retains the singing liquid quality in the notes, the tone and character are especially sensitive to changes of a players touch.
Just having the two separate Overdrive sections is great because it allows a player to set up for two distinct solo tones. But, some real magic occurs when you engage both sections at the same time. One favorite setting is to set the Drive 1 section for the most sustain / least distorted tone and then set the Drive 2 section for extreme low bass and extra upper mids, then dial in a small amount of distortion so the guitar sounds like a bowed violin. It's a tone that until now could not be done without using multiple amplifiers.
Effects Loop: The CosmicDust has a built in serial buffered effects loop.
The interactions of the 4 amplifier sections (Preamp, Drive1, Drive 2 and FX Loop) lead to some fun experimentation possibilities with this amplifier - one example is to engage Drive 2 set up with little or no distortion and use its tone controls to further refine the overall clean tone of the amplifier.
The CosmicDust has 2 output power modes. The 45 watt selection uses 4 6V6 tubes and the 18 watt selection uses 2 6V6 tubes running in cathode bias. Included is a 3 button footswitch (Overdrive1-Boost-Overdrive2). The CosmicDust is available as a head or 12" Combo..
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- Head - $2899.00 (21"x10"x10" 40 lbs.)
- 12" Combo - $3099.00 (21"x21"x10.5" 60 lbs.)