"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." - Michael Swart (Tone Report interview)
Michael Swart has been building beautiful, vintage-minded amps down in Wilmington, NC for quite some time now and we couldn't be happier to now represent his killer line of amps and pedals! Swart players include Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), John Flansburgh (They Might Be Giants), Greg V, Matthew Sweet, etc...
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 Swarts are known for, and it sounds surprisingly American in tone.
We had a blast running single coils, humbuckers, and P90s into this beautiful little combo. The classic Swart richness is present - gorgeous midrange, balanced EQ, killer old-school break-up - and man oh man, the reverb and trem? So so good. The three way / mini-toggle switch lets you adapt to various pickup outputs and tonal qualities. Meaning, you can beef up single coils or gently thin out fatter humbuckers. Very cool.
Michael has built a very solid reputation in the industry for his gorgeous sounding, looking, and extremely well made amps. The MOD84 makes it easy to see why - just a killer, inspiring, and ultimate fun amp! We're sold.