VERSOUL COMBO AMP
“Everything about the Versoul Combo is first-class, including its hand-wired point-to-point construction, blue anodized aluminum chassis, bronze-finished front and back control panels, Finnish spruce cabinet shell, and high-end components, like paper-in-oil resistors… The Versoul delivered a bewitching range of silky cleans and soft compression, with a strong emphasis in the mids courtesy of the alnico speaker… With the gain control turned up, the amp dispensed crystalline bite with a smattering of overdrive for ballsy crunch… The Versoul Combo exhibits versatility both as a home and recording amp, but also packs a great deal of tonal punch for a low-wattage amp… incredibly dynamic and touch- sensitive… ”
-- GUITAR AFICIONADO, March 2016
It’s the practice amp that will keep you playing, honing your chops and advancing your sound. It’s the perfect recording amp. Performing in an intimate setting? It ‘s got all the punch you’ll need there, and with a terrific tonal range to boot.
Looks count, too, and Versoul’s Combo Amp offers a classy appearance that will definitely turn heads. You get a choice of the classic black leather look or, making a unique regional statement, an exterior of Arctic salmon skin.
If this amp punches beyond its wattage weight, credit goes in part to the Finnish spruce cabinet shell which both focuses and opens its sound. The timbral palette at your fingertips is impressively broad, starting with the colours offered by the Gain and Tremolo features.
Experimenting with a range of preamp tubes will also alter tonal variety, from nuanced jazz warmth to screaming distortion.
An abundance of features--Recording Out jack, Extra Speaker jack, etc.--are available for exploration and are detailed in the specifications for this product.
Suffice it to say that the Versoul Combo Amp is a highly versatile gem that embodies the loving attention to detail that’s a Versoul hallmark, right down to its hand-pressed and cut corner legs and leather pipings.
Amp is rated circa 4 watts and is equipped with a single 10" Celestion Alnico Gold element. Optional speaker: a single 12” Celestion Alnico Blue will fit also in the same shell. though a front opening will not be used on front grille. However when Gain is added watts will be circa 5-6 Watts. Works in Class A with a possibility to change a rectifier tube: 5Y3 or GZ34 (5AR4) or 5U4 or 5U4GB without bias adjustments.
PLEASE NOTE: 5U4G tube can not used on Versoul Combo, because of high heater current requirement of that tube type. It may harm the amp. Rectifier tube feeds electricity to preamp, power and tremolo tubes and therefore is a major factor how amp will sound. Tube 5Y3 has sweeter sound and breaks more easily. Tube GZ34 (5AR4) has more headroom and has bigger sound. Tube 5U4GB sound character is between of 5Y3 and GZ34.
Power tube is single EL84 (the tube is known from many old Vox ampliers). Pre amp tubes are EF86 and 12AX7. There is an option to use five different preamp tubes for different gain levels at 12A tube base, again without any bias adjustments; From 12AX7, 12AY7, 12AT7 ja 12AU7 and also 5751 for desired Gain level. 12AX7 is the most powerful, Gain factor 100% 5751 the second, gain factor 70% 12AT7 the third, gain factor 60% 12AY7 the fourth, gain factor 45% 12AU7 the fifth, gain factor 19% You do not need a fuzz box with this Amp, since there is a choice of insane All Tube Distortion, especially when 12AX7 is used.
Harmonic Tremolo with Speed & Depth controls. Harmonic tremolo means that signal is tube fed, which creates three-dimensional effect. In addition there are Recording (Line) Out jack and Recording (Line) Level pot on back panel plus an Extra Speaker jack.
Sturdy blue anodized Versoul aluminium chassis, 2 mm thick aluminium (US 12 Gauge 0.0808 inch) with welded joints. Custom aluminium Versoul pot knobs. Selected high-end parts, like Jupiter Vintage Tone and Audyn capacitors. Golden brown anodized aluminium front and back control panels with laser engraved texts. Versoul leather hand pressed and cut corner legs and leather pipings. Leather handle. Solid Finnish spruce cabinet shell with thin plywood front and back panels with semi-open construction creates a thick, focused and open sound.