Ultimate AST 6V6/6L6
Designed in conjunction with
guitarist Greg V, this is the no holds barred answer to the
professional musician's need for an AST built for the road but without
any loss in Swart style and élan. Introducing the AST PRO,
which offers everything the AST is famous for, plus the following
Deeper Cab w/Recessed Chassis for Protection
Chassis Elevated to accommodate Larger Speaker
Celestion G12H-30 ~ *Anniversary or UK Version
Celestion GOLD 12 for that Alnico Sound
Rear Panel w/Switchable External Out/In & Enlarged Port
NEW! Rear Panel now includes
Night Light Input!
Dark Lacquer w/Dual Piping & contrasting Light Grill
Extra Large Rubber Feet for Vibration/Protection
15 1/2" W x 10 1/8" D X 18 7/8" H ~ Weight @
So what does this all mean?
Well, sound-wise, you're looking at the move to the UK "Heritage"
version of the Celestion G12H-30 or the G12H30 Anniversary.
The UK version brings a slightly more refined top end then the Mojo
with subjectively more extended bottom. The Anniversary version seems
not quite as stiff with perhaps a more pronounced top end. It's
a matter of preference. The AST PRO sounds a tad "bigger"
than the AST. The cab is 3/4 an inch deeper to allow the recessed
chassis for additional knob/switch protection. This might add just
a bit more heft to the bottom as well. The enlarged port in the PRO
panel, now standard on all AST, gives a slightly more open sound.
And the new switchable external output makes it easier to drive another
cab, bypassing the internal speaker (8ohm output). I still would
give the stock AST with BV-25 a thought unless you really want the
difference in cabs.
Looking for the famous Alnico sound? Then consider the AST PRO
ALNICO which is the creamy breakup ultimate. We had been using
the Celestion Blue, but at 15w, the Blue is a more fragile speaker.
We have found the Celestion Gold to have most of the low level
tonal quality of the fabled Blue, while surpassing it at higher levels
where the Blue can sometimes lose some control. If you are looking
for the signature Alnico sound that many love, the Gold is a great
option within the AST Pro. If looking for the ultimate headroom with
something like the 6L6 family, you might prefer the G12H-30s. But
if you love that Alnico sound that really cant be duplicated, the
Celestion Gold might just be your ultimate tone solution. And truth
be told, many have loved other options as well, such as various Tone
Tubbys, Scumnico/Scumback, and Webers. We do stock the options
and have cabs with each but can often source your speaker of choice.
PRO full Res Photos | VIEW Celestions
in Full Res
V Plays his AST PRO ~ 18 mp3s
Celestion G12H-30 Anniversary.................................$2050
Celestion G12H-30 "Heritage" UK...............................$2150
Celestion Gold 12 "Alnico".........................................$2299
Mojo BV-25 as stock in AST.........................................$1999