Monkeymatic Black Butte #20 2022$649.95
No Sales Tax For Customers Outside Of California.
Monkeymatic, the brain child of Aaron Lyon, operates here in our hometown of Chico, CA.
Aaron is an excellent guitar player and a talented amp tech. He offers new builds, repairs, and these amazing amps. He's dubbed this the Black Butte model, named after the volcanic domes near Mount Shasta, a beautiful Northern California area a bit over an hour north of us.
The amps are built into chassis from vintage reel-to-reel console units. Each amp powered one left or right speaker in the console, thus the LEFT and RIGHT markings on each faceplate.
Original transformers and many internal components are re-purposed along with the chassis, then Aaron tweaks the tone stack to something similar to an early 50s Fender Tweed layout.
The amps scream, and they do so at low volumes. Output is about 2 watts, so you can imagine that you can really push the output section without killing anyone.
There are just two controls - tone and master volume. Gain ramps quickly as you increase the input level. I like to get the master at about 8, then bring the input level up to find the richest saturation, then use my guitar's volume control to clean up when needed.
The amp will run a 4, 8 or 16 ohm load. The VU meter actually works, thought it does pretty much red line most of the time to reflect the amp's output.
More than just a novelty, this is a useable amp that is also capable of blowing your friend's minds. It really stole the show at a recent guitar show, plowing people over with tone!
- Color: Black
- Dimensions: 13 3/4"w x 7"h x 7 1/4"d
- Weight: 13lbs 7ozs
- Watts: 2
- Date: 2022
- Where date is noted: Builders Plaque
- Speaker out: One 4-16ohms rated
- FX Loop?: No
- Reverb or other effects?: No
- Rectifier Tube: 6X4
- Rectifier Tube Brand: NEC
- Power tubes: 6BQ5
- Power Tube Brand: NEC
- Preamp Tubes: 12AD7
- Preamp Tube Brand: NEC:
- Tolex: Black Original
- Grille: Vintage
- Knobs: Bitchin'
- Handle: Original
- Power cord: Yes
- Notes: This little lunchbox sized 2 watt amp Freakin' RAWKS!!!