The Empire is the culmination, thus far, of all the desires and knowledge that 65amps has collected. Since the inception of 65amps, Peter and Dan have fantasized about an amp that is hyper-functional and delivers PROPER classic British tones; not just a good imitation. The Empire represents over four years of attention and ultra-detailed research into the subtleties of several eras of EL34 based British amps ranging from the mid-sixties up through the ‘90s. Taking the best from each, 65amps has put together the Empire, which can deliver three distinct, useful and rich British tones that you will instantly recognize and have dreamt about.
The Empire tube compliment consists of 2 6V6s and a 12AX7 preamp. Peter, Dan and crew have successfully pulled off the hat-trick of making 6V6s sound exactly like vintage EL34s. Peter and Dan have been pursuing this effect since the late ‘80s when they used to mod small old American amps to sound like big British amps. With over 20 years of pursuit, they have found the exact formula! For decades guitar players about having all those classic British sounds at their fingertips at volumes that meet modern requirements.
The Empire is as versatile as it is toneful. It’s set up to offer you three of our favorite voice configurations that you can choose from using a foot pedal or the select switch. The first voice is derived from that cleaner early ’60s Townsend-like tone; the second is from the classic, fat and dirty ’68-’72 era; and the third is a higher-gain, hot-rodded ’80s tone. Bass, Mid and Treble controls, plus our proprietary Bump switch, let you tweak the tone to your liking. Instantly go from a crunchy rhythm to a wailing lead and everything in between.
Equipped with 65amps’ proprietary “Master Voltage,” the Empire can deliver amazing tone at a variety of volumes, from big stages to bedroom volumes. The 65amps Empire is the 21st century recording, working, gigging and jamming amp!
Output: 22 Watts
Tubes: Power – 2 6V6s, Preamp - 12AX7
Panel controls: On, Off, Standby, Master, Presence, Bass, Mid, Treble, Bump,
Select, Volume 1, 2, 3
Extras: Footswitch input jack, dual speaker outs, switch for 8Ω & 16Ω impedance
Cabinet: Finger-jointed Baltic birch
Dimensions: Head: 25" L x 9" D x 11" H / 26.4 lbs.
Weight in box: Head: 35 lbs.
Accessories: Footswitch included
Pair with cabinet:
Speakers: 4x12' 2 x Celestion G12H30 plus 2 x Celestion AlNiCo Blues or Golds;
or 2x12' Celestion G12H30 + AlNiCo blue (our recommended configuration) or
Celestion G12H30 + AlNiCo gold
Click here to download the Empire user manual.
Head - $2,995
Dan plays the Empire and talks all things amps.
Dan plays the Empire with some Strymon pedals and an Echoplex EP-3.