SOLD - Lil Dawg Super Mutt 2021

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Who buys vintage guitar amps?  We do! 

Call 530-570-1525 or email to sell your vintage guitar amp, guitar, bass, amplifier, etc - one piece or a collection!  We are always ready to buy instruments, amps and effects from Fender, Gibson, Martin, Epiphone, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, Marshall, Vox and just about anything else related to musical instruments.   You can also click here for more info on selling us vintage instruments, amps, parts, etc.  


No Sales Tax For Customers Outside Of California.

Lil Dawg amps are the product of Jim Nickelson's shop.  This one-man operation churns out some great stuff, built with care and quality.

This particular amp is truly a Mutt, and the combo is one that works great!  This one comes with an additional baffle so you can switch from 2 10" speakers to one 12" (12" speaker not included).:  

"I recently had a customer ask for a custom build that was very interesting, and after discussing how to put everything together in a nice looking package we were able to accomplish both the appearance as well as the tone & feel of the amp that he was hoping for.

What he wanted was a tweed circuit like the 5F4 Super but he needed a full tone stack like the 5F6A Bassman, and he wanted to keep the overall volume down some as well. So what we came up with was a hybrid circuit using the 5F6A pre-amp married to a 5F4 power section. With the output lowered to the 25 watt level the customer was also able to run either 6V6GT or 6L6GC tubes with a simple re-bias. The amp turned out great and it fits inside the 5F6A chassis like it was made for it. It also retained the nice feel & response of the 5F4 Super but had the added clarity & detail that the 5F6A pre-amp added to the mix."

The Mutt is available as a chassis build in aluminum, chrome, or as a self-contained head I call the LunchBox as well as traditional tweed combo.

Jim's website tells the story:

"Most great ideas have very small beginnings, and Lil Dawg Amps is one of those ideas. What began as a dream to give my son Michael a one-of-a-kind handmade birthday present, rapidly took on a life of it’s own once I started on the project.

I decided I wanted to make a small tube guitar amp for him, as we’re both guitar players. It seemed like an easy project, just a little work here and there and out it would come ready to play. I was definitely in for a surprise. There is a great deal of planning and labor that goes into making an amplifier that not only sounds right, but looks right also. I spent a lot of time looking at and listening to different amps, just to narrow the choice down to the one I wanted for my son. It had to be just right.

The amp that I thought sounded the best for the styles we play happened to be the time proven ’59 Fender 5F1Champ. A sweet little workhorse that’s full of tone, and able to do anything from country, to rhythm & blues, to rock, and especially well suited for blues. These are also nicely suited for harp too, with just the right amount of grind. What was so amazing was all the tone that was available and no need for a tone control, just a single knob for volume.

Several years ago I was asked what my business model was for the amps, and I didn’t have to think long before giving an answer. It’s what I believe in, and hopefully I succeed in following it. It’s a very simple plan with just three objectives. Provide a good product at a fair price, treat the customer well and with honesty, and finally have fun. You can always add more things like making money, etc., but I honestly believe those first three are the most important to follow.

Another thing I’ve learned is that satisfied customers are the best advertising you could ever hope for. So other than this website, I rely solely on my customers for their “word of mouth” advertising about the amps. That also lets me stay focused on doing things right rather than on a new ad campaign to boost sales the next quarter.

Shipments will require signature on delivery, no exceptions.  If there is damage, the buyer must retain all packing materials intact and picture them immediately and send them to  Less than 1% of our shipments are damaged in transit, and we are committed to making sure your item arrives safely, but we are taking these additional measures to make sure you are happy with your purchase. 

  • Case/Cover?: No
  • Color: Tweed
  • Dimensions: 23.7" x 19" x 10.25"
  • Weight: 41lbs
  • Watts: 25 Watts
  • Date: 02/26/2021
  • Where date is noted: Chassis
  • Speaker 1 Brand/Model: Weber 10A125 Classic Alnico
  • Speaker 1 Size: 10"
  • Speaker 2 Brand/Model: Weber 10A125 Classic Alnico
  • Speaker 2 Size: 10"
  • Power Transformer brand and/or codes: P-TF22798 989 2019
  • Output Transformer brand and/or codes: HMMOND 194 B
  • Choke Transformer brand and/or codes: P-TF22848A 2018
  • Extension Speaker Out? Yes
  • FX Loop?: No
  • Reverb or other effects?: No
  • Rectifier Tube: 5Y3GT
  • Rectifier Tube Brand: Tung Sol, tested
  • Power tubes: 2 x 5881
  • Power Tube Brand: Tung Sol, tested
  • Preamp Tubes: EC83 x 2 12AY7 x 1
  • Preamp Tube Brand: JJ
  • Filter Caps: Original
  • Pedal?: No
  • Pots, codes: Original
  • Grille: Original 2 x10", with additional 1 x 12" grille included
  • Knobs: Original
  • Handle: Original
  • Power cord: Original
  • Notes: 

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