The Swart AST Pro is no-holds-barred answer to the professional musician's need for an AST built for the road but without any loss in Swart style and élan
Why We Love This
The Atomic Space Tone. A legendary amp that helped solidify Swart's reputation many moons ago. The Pro version of the AST, featured here, makes the amp a bit more road worthy with a deeper cabinet, an enlarged back port with ins/outs and a Night Light input (Swarts fantastic attenuator), and extra large rubber feet for vibration/protection. Otherwise, everything you love about the standard AST is here.
We've gone ahead and added the Night Light to this already versatile package, maximizing the amp's potential both on stage and at home or in the studio. The full size Night Light Attenuator offers up the ability to tailor your favorite amp settings while controlling overall output/volume. It integrates seamlessly with the AST Pro via the In/Out jacks on the rear panel. The Night Light has a Bypass switch that gives you the option of toggling from an attenuated signal to full output, as well as a unique Compression circuit that adds a compression stage to your output signal, leaning towards a more tube saturated tone.
Here's Michael describing the idea behind the AST....
"The idea of the AST 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..."
Let's face it, just from looks alone you know this is gonna be a fun amp, right? Loud enough for small/medium sized gigs, old-school richness and depth of tone, reverb and tremolo to die for....if you love old Gibson amps or early 50s Fender amps, get thee to the "add to cart" button asap! The AST Pro is your dream come true - all that's great about those amps but none of the hassles of maintaining a vintage amp (and the AST Pro has WAY more horsepower so you can show that drummer what's up!). What's not to love?