Project # 0017
This is a dream come true to be able to offer this incredible Benson amp through our store. This is an all time favorite, and we have spent many hours sitting in front of this amp listening to a lot of details. Inspired by the top boost Vox amps of the 60s, but better and new and just trust us... this is a remarkable amp. The Earhart Reverb Combo is kind of an off menu choice at Benson, so we're calling back to the kitchen to ask for the modifications. Very limited availability!
The 15 watt Earhart is our side hug to the top boost style of amplifier. Not being into the whole clone thing, we took part of the tone stack from the original 60s design, modified it, and dovetailed into the Monarch platform retaining some of the trickery that contribute to that platform’s touch sensitivity and harmonic characteristics. The Earhart also utilizes EL84 power tubes biased into class A. The result is a dream come true for those seeking a top boost type sound with better clarity, harmonics and a three dimensional feel.
The Earhart features Volume, Tone, and a Normal/Top Boost switch that adds to the versatility of the circuit. Normal takes away the chime and make the Earhart behave as a well balanced very good sounding amp much like the Monarch design. The top boost setting adds the chime on top. In both modes the tone knob control controls the balance between bass and treble frequencies…utilizing that in tandem with the volume can control the “tilt” of the frequencies allowing for many different sounds from a two knob amplifier. The midrange is very slightly scooped, but not as scooped as the original top boost style amps lending a satisfying sweetness to the sound.
2 x JJ EL84 power tubes, 2 x JJ 12AX7 preamp tubes, 5AR4 rectifier(default)
13-18 watts (depending on rectifier)
- 1x12 Cabinet 17”W 18.5”H 10”D 20-23 lbs
Point to point construction on terminal strips - no circuit, eyelet or turret board
Custom Soursound output transformer
Carbon Comp resistors
Mallory 150M capacitors
Dovetailed pine speaker cabinet