F*cking F*cker

US Metasonix reveal a truly radical all-tube guitar amp with an unforgettable name      16/01/08

F*cking F*cker

We’ll no doubt be visiting Metasonix as usual at the NAMM show to see this and their other stuff in the flesh but here’s advance news of the new Metasonix G-1000 All-Tube Guitar Amp, featuring a grand total of 23 tubes and a set of controls including 'reverb', 'phase' and 'ream your ass'.
You can see the amp’s other name in the picture. The panel art was created by David C. Lovelace, creator of "Retarded Animal Babies" cartoons on Newgrounds.com on, the "Weird Al" Yankovic video "Virus Alert," and, of course, art for the Metasonix TM-7 Scrotum Smasher.The idea for the amp’s name apparently came from Mike Brown of Livewire Synthesizers, possibly after watching one of those "Retarded Animal Babies" cartoons. Metasonix say that you can blame him...
Here’s the Metasonix press release with all the details…
'There is nothing like the G-1000. Not even vaguely. It is arcane and radical. It is 100% vacuum tubes, from input to output. It contains 100% new-old-stock (NOS) tubes. Types never seen in guitar amps.
The G-1000 consists of two totally independent amplifiers, with very different preamp sections. One channel is called the HAPPY channel. The other is called the ANGRY channel. For damn good reason. One sucks your face, the other gnaws your foreskin off.
The HAPPY channel is a more-or-less conventional instrument amp. It has plenty of gain and distortion (if desired), it has a conventional guitar-amp tone control section, and it has reverb. Everything else about it is DEVIANT. It has a PHASE control, which allows mixing of normal and inverted signals—or it may be adjusted to cancel out the original signal and pass only the distortion products....and, it's all made of unusual tubes. Mostly pentodes, ha ha ha.
The ANGRY channel is well-named. It is designed for instability and raw, berserk distortion effects. It, too, has typical guitar-amp tone controls and reverb. It uses a 6BN6 and two remote-cutoff pentodes. Ask your mother what those are. She's already tasted your foreskin anyway.
Despite the identical output stages of the two channels, they sound TOTALLY different. In ALL settings.
The output tubes are 6BK5s. Obscure, yes, but great and forgotten. Phase inversion is done with 6GU7s. Various types are used throughout the preamp stages: 6AU6, 6BJ6, 6CB6, 6BN6, 5BQ7, 6AK5, and others. No 12AX7s, of ANY brand. How many tubes? TWENTY-THREE tubes in total. Including eight 6BK5 outputs. It might be the most complex tube guitar amp available today....
The output tubes are in a special self-balancing, self-biasing circuit. It is unique to the G-1000 among guitar amps. It does NOT NEED matched tubes, nor is any kind of bias adjustment needed. Output power is 15 watts per channel, and two speakers (or a stereo speaker) are needed.
Vast ranges of tone are available from the G-1000. We cannot even begin to explain its flexibility. The G-1000 is NOT intended for middle-aged "tone questers", who believe that they will be able to play like Eric Clapton by simply spending a lot of $$$ on equipment. We HATE those people. The G-1000 is intended for the intrepid experimenter, not the pathetic imitator. Tone questers are invited to DIE. '
Pricing and Availability:
G-1000 is made on a custom basis only and should be available in late 2008. Expected retail price is US $ 5000. More information:

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