Michael Swart has been building gorgeous sounding, looking, and extremely well made '50s & '60s-inspired amps in Wilmington, NC for several decades now. Originally designed to be the perfect recording amp, these amps also deliver fantastic tones at home or on stage, making them a great choice for anyone seeking a tone-filled, dynamic tube amp.
"I might as well confess that I'm really an old school guy, totally hooked on the character of vintage stuff. From my 1912 bungalow house to my VW bugs, blue or black Chuck Taylors, tube amps, classic motorcycles and old vintage longboards. I like just about everything from the '50s and '60s."
Models We Love
Atomic Jr | 5 Watts
Weighing in at a svelte 14lbs, the Atomic Jr melds 5 watt simplicity with a killer sounding reverb, "Hot" or "Clean" modes, and in this case, an excellent Night Light Jr. attenuator affixed inside the lower portion of the cab (which is able to be on or off via the bypass switch).
What does this mean for you? You can get inspiring, complex, rich tones...drenched in a luscious reverb...at very reasonable volumes (read: your living room).
Atomic Space Tone Pro | 18-22 Watts
"The idea of the Atomic Space Tone hit me when I was working on a vintage Gibson Scout amp. It had Reverb, Tremolo, and 15 watts of pure rocking vintage tone power but only three preamp tubes and two EL-84 output tubes. I thought to myself - I have never seen an amp that could do so much with so little and sound surprisingly good. But I knew it could be even better. I knew something could be built revolving around my favorite little tone generator, the 6v6. I sent a note of thanks to my cohort for the inspiration for one of the best amplifiers I have ever built..."
MOD84 | 15 Watts
The MOD84 represents Michael Swart's shift away from his favorite tube - the 6v6 - and towards the more British-flavored EL84. The result? An incredibly fun and inspiring combo that can cover a ton of genres while throwing a curve ball into the typical idea of what an EL84 sounds and behaves like. EL84s typically break-up quickly, have a gorgeous "chime" to the top-end (think Vox amps for this classic sound)...The MOD84 is able to create a much higher headroom tone with all the harmonic richness Swart's are known for, and it sounds surprisingly American in tone.
Stereo Master | 20+20 Watts
"This amazing amp has really been a long time coming but the wait is worth it. This is our greatest 6V6/6L6 stereo push-pull effort to date. We're talking TWO 20 watt amps in one chassis, each with separate controls for EQ & tone along with tube/spring tank reverb and 2X Tube Tremolo with a unique Stereo Master Volume control. Simply put, you have to hear it to understand how BIG this thing sounds."
Antares | 18-22 Watts
Featuring twin, push-pull 6V6 with a bit bigger reverb, deeper bottom-end foundation, with a new custom output transformer borrowed from the MOD84 Lineage, the Antares also sports Swart's killer three-way EQ and an all pine cab (with tilted back baffle). Toss in the Atomic Space Tone's tube bias tremolo and you have the makings of a very cool amp!
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