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ST-45 Video Demo from Overseas ~ Sam Vilo in TONE! Swart ST-45 lands on Premier Guitar Cover ~ Sept 2014! Thanks to EVERYONE who stopped by Swart booth 1234 at Summer NAMM! See latest photos and more It's MOD, it's Swart, and it's EL-84! NAMM HERE WE COME! NASHVILLE, TN JULY 17-19 @ BOOTH 1234! ST-45 CONVERTIBLEFreakers R UsPICK Explosion! Check out NL Jr in BLUE heading to Swart Dealers. Also, could there be an EL-84 option in Swart future? hmm.... Check the latest happenings from Swart or visit our entertaining archives. Want to make the news? Drop a mail with your own Swart and you might make the Nut - khkh ~ Swart Amplifier Co. | Swart Online  
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ST-45 & 2x12 Creambacks
Sam Vilo Video Demo!

The Space Tone Forty-Five (ST-45) gets up front and center treatment as our neighbors on the other side of the Atlantic beat us to the punch with the first ST-45 Video Demo, this by the talented Sam Vilo. Nice job, Sam! He proves the ST-45 can go above and beyond liquid, organic cleans.
  ST-45 Video Demo by Sam Vilo
     
ST-45 makes Premier Guitar Mag Cover ~ Sept 2014
Exciting news as the Swart Space Tone Forty-Five, aka ST-45, makes Premier Guitar Magazine's 9/14 cover! Would have made an even more dramatic splash if TOPLESS....but hey, we're not complaining. The ST-45 with matching cab in 2x12 or 1x15 is hitting Swart dealers as I type so give your fav a shout to reserve. More on the ST-45 HERE ~ kh
 
     
SUMMER NAMM PHOTOS
Thanks to everyone for stopping by Swart Booth 1234 at SUMMER NAMM NASHVILLE. We had a blast and loved meeting all the great people digging the Swart vibe. If you missed it , be sure to check out a few shots from the weekend. Hoping to add some more when they roll in. See you next time!
 
     

LET NAMM BE SWART!
Ok, I don't know what that means but it does not matter if you're not here to see it go down in Booth 1234. Well, maybe you can experience the next best thing with some of the photos coming back to the shop. I missed all the fun just to keep you informed (and because I have a fever of 103). But YES, we are all set up and ready to roll at Summer Namm and can't wait to open the doors at 10am, even if we could not fit the cool shaved ice truck we tried to buy and install at our booth. You ready to play the best amps in the World? Get down here * PHOTOS 7-21-14
 July 17-19 ~ Nashville Music City Center

 
     
MOD 84 PROTO ~ EL84 FIRST!
We didn't think we would see the day for this and frankly, it's been about 10 years since the last foray into the EL-84 "suitcase" solution but you know what? We LIKE EL-84 amps, too. And we like ours even BETTER though we may be biased, though Cathode Biased in this instance. But yeah, Michael's suitcase tribute to tone is here in combo form... Man, this thing is GREAT and we're super excited about how it's turning out, even in proto combo form. It's the MOD 84 or MOD for short, and it will be in full working display in Nashville at this summer's NAMM. Again, it's worth the wait. MORE MOD - kh
  Swart's first EL-84 production amp!
     
ST-45 Convertible GLORY!
OK, you waited long enough. And we MADE you wait. But was it worth it? How about a total transformation. How about 45 watts of Swart CLEANS, BASS, TREBLE (a first), our BEST EQ Circuit, Swart Tube/Spring Tank Reverb, Swart Tube Tremolo, our Favorite Swart Master Volume, and last but not least, a CONVERTIBLE HEAD CAB for FULL VIEW and Tube Changin' Crazy! It's HERE! Play it at NAMM!
  ST-45!!!!!
     
NAMM BOUND! Nashville, TN
  July 17-19 ~ Nashville Music City Center!
Too many to count ask us every year, "Hey man, are you going to NAMM?" We got tired of saying, "Maybe next year." Well, it's THIS YEAR as in July, as in Nashville, as in BE THERE TO PLAY IT ALL. We'll have most of the amps including the new ST-Stereo, ST-45 Proto, AST, STR-Tremolo, Atomic Jr and more, including the first SWART FREAKER and Swart Picks a Plenty.... And if we feel crazy enough, it just might be EL-84 TIME...MOD 84 Time...LIVE to play. Dont Miss It as it only comes around once every 10 years. DROP BY BOOTH 1234!
  Swart Freaker!
     
Dean Drouillard on his
Swart STR#1 ~ All in MP3

So did I mention that Michael and I love to get mail with attachments, mp3, vids, etc? Well, I just did. This time it's from our ole friend up in Canada, Dean Drouillard, who actually has STR #1 along with a nice AST PRO. Dean was noodling around and sent this really cool mp3 he did in his home studio, this featuring that STR #1 along with his Atomic Boost. Everything is straight into amp aside from one part that's via the BOOST.
  Dean Drouillard
     
Night Light Jr BLUE!
New Run in Vintage Blue

Man, just got a great shipment in of the new NL Jr. boxes in a run of cool shade of 60s BLUE, aesthetically subtle, yet standing out from the Black on Black Lemming March. Speaking of BLUE, as in LEDs in blue, stay tuned for a new SWART FOOTSWITCH with LED on/off along with a few other surprises. A cool upgrade to the stock FS that won't break the bank.
  Night Light Jr in BLUE!
     
Michael Aadal Group
AST Tracks from latest LP

One thing we love about the AST? It's been employed in all sorts of musical genres, from Indie to Rock to Roots to Folk to Good Country to Jazz and more. Norway's Michael Aadal dropped us a nice note of thanks for his trusty AST, this along with three tracks from his latest album, Michael Aadal Group ~ Abigail.  Give a listen... Good stuff, Michael  ~ kh
 
     
Kyle Swisher AWASH
Kyle Swisher has been a good friend of Swart for a while and we always love when he drops us a line on the latest. In talking to Kyle the other day, he mentioned a little project he was working on with the SST-30, his trusty Jazzmaster, and a Fulltone Tube Tape Delay. He sent us over an mp3 and glad he did. Really digging his sonic texture here ala hints of MBV splendor ~ kh
 
     
Night Light Jr Sparkle
Glory Fresh from Oven

Holy Ice Storm central! Alas, right before the power outage Hell Storm, we managed a glorious sparkle run, see here fresh out of the oven, baked to perfection. When we say OVEN, we're being quite literal as this is the Swart Kitchen! So YES, for all you looking for Night Light Jr SPARKLE GLORY, there is hope. We have a few heading out this week and hoping to get power restored today for even more. See your favorite Swart Dealer to put in an order.

     3/26/14 UPDATE
: Night Light Jr boxes in so more
                         should be coming down the pike shortly.
                           Put in an order at one of our dealers
                         Only a VERY limited number of Sparkle
 
     
Mark Moldre's New Vid
Moldre's latest gets new video take w/AST PRO

Australia's Mark Moldre has been a big fan of the AST PRO for quite a while and we always love getting mail featuring his latest projects. Check out his new video featuring a track from his last album, An Ear to the Earth. Mark and the band head to an old Childhood memory featured in a state of flux for "Everything I Need."
  Mark Moldre
     
Chris Frank's Atomic Jr
The Nepotist in Video w/ Atomic Jr sans Effects

We just got a really nice note from Chris Frank of the Nepotist lauding the Atomic Jr as the go-to amp to pair with his Les Paul. See his mail along with the excellent video of Chris and his band in Sear Sound Studio, NYC. The thing that makes this video interesting besides how well-done it is? He's using the Atomic Jr STRAIGHT with no pedals or effects. Take a look & listen in HD. Good stuff, Chris..
 
     
NIGHT LIGHT Jr Now Shipping!
The new mini Night Light Jr is now shipping with 50 receiving a Cool SPARKLE FINISH option.  This beast can be mounted in any 6V6se, Atomic Jr, STR, STR-Tremolo for a no fuss attenuation solution that's BETTER than a typical Master Volume in these small amps.  And it's bypassable with a flip of the switch. Drop by or shoot a mail to your favorite Swart Dealer to get one!

     
All New NIGHT LIGHT Jr
The cool weather has finally arrived & Swart is in the news. Ramping up for the fall holiday season with a few new offerings down the pike, including the new Night Light Jr for the low watt, space saver, less is more sect, along with a few other surprises, such as our first high wattage take that's infused with AST soul, the all new ST-Forty Five Head, designed for more clean 6L6 headroom via an optimized Fixed Bias circuit. Stay Tuned for more!
 
Latest on the Night Light Jr.
     
Tubes for Swart  ~
Favorite NEW Rectifier

People are always writing in asking about tube recs. Enter the TAD GZ34 STR Selected. This has to be my new favorite GZ-34/5AR4 rectifier. In my opinion, compared to the JJ GZ-34, the TAD "Selected" version sounds more open, lively, and a touch sweeter. It's likely a bit less voltage than the JJ, perhaps with a touch more sag. We don't have measurements yet, but in my back to back comparisons with the JJ, this tube shines and gives the Swart, especially the low wattage options, a bit more harmonic richness and tonal complexity. Just sounds like more going on with some extra layering, making the entire result even more dimensional. The JJ might exhibit a bit more headroom. It's almost like a cross between a NOS 5Y3 & a GZ34 sonically, though with more the GZ34 headroom. Yeah, a few have rattled a bit. And I don't have long term results, but it's in my Swart amps at home. ~ kh
 


     
R.J. Ronquillo takes the
STR-Tremolo for a Spin

RJ Ronquillo is a cool cat with some great chops who just happens to be a long time Swart fan.  We love his stuff with his AST and when he expressed interest in the STR-Tremolo, we knew good things were in store. Ole RJ always loves tossing stuff up on youtube and he never disappoints.   Take a look at RJ on the STR-Tremolo, this in two videos putting the beast around the bend & back for more.  Go RJ ~ kh
 

RJ Ronquillo on the STR-Tremolo
     
Speck Mountain ~
Badwater LP/CD/MP3

Speck Mountain have been Swart proponents for quite a while and their latest endeavor, their third album, Badwater, is an excellent showcase for the pair's psychedelic, ethereal, dreamscape numbers.  Marie-Claire's lilting voice and Karl's roam-the-canyon guitar is on great display once again, but now with a new backing band out on the road. Take a look and listen to Speck Mountain & Badwater
 

     
ST-STEREO MP3s~Lincoln Morris
Lincoln Morris is a long time Swart friend and a great player, often understated and usually intriguing.  Linc's been using a modified AST along with a slew of other Swart offerings.  This time, he absconded with the ST-Stereo Head for a recording session in VA.  We got lucky and caught him on returning the beast, getting a few MP3.  He tossed in a take from the session as well.  Check em out.
 


Lincoln Morris on the Swart ST-Stereo
     

The Latest w/John Oates
Michael was able to catch Hall & Oates in Durham to visit long-time Swart friend, John Oates, for what was reportedly a great show.  John is one of the nicest guys and always fun to catch up with. Oates latest project is a collection of original songs that will be released once a month in a series of digital singles. The styles of the tracks cross many musical genres and each has a unique story. All of the songs are written or co-written by Oates with exciting collaborations with top artists and producers including: Vince Gill, Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic), Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift), Hot Chelle Rae, Tommy Simms (Eric Clapton), Bleu McAuley, Mike Henderson (Steel Drivers), Tom Bukovac, Teddy Morgan (Kevin Costner) Pete Huttlinger and Tim Lauer. He was also able to work with Nashville songwriting legends like Pat Alger, Craig Wiseman and Jim Lauderdale.

See Michael giving ole John an AST II rundown.
  photos  |  johnoates.com
 


  Michael Swart with John Oates
 
The Vaccines
 
ST-STEREO to DEALERS as I type!
I played it tilI I was almost locked in the shop & I STILL couldnt believe it.  This has to be the biggest sounding amp we make in many ways. I know I'm always going off about this and that, but this beast is truly special. I'm really loving it with the two Creambacks in the Stereo cab, too.  Better get in the queue. I actually am ~ kh
 
 
Swart's own Hillybilly Ham II is beside himself with Awe at amazing ST-Stereo
     
Space Tone Stereo? 
Yep.  Michael's done it again. As I said, I played it till the lights were cut off.  I'd be playing it now instead of typing this mess if it wasnt locked in the shop.  5w + 5w together...apart....trem bouncing craziness sounding larger than my Grandmother's thighs. You gotta hear it.  Play all the Swart Brigade at SEGAS ~ Sept 22-23 @ Raleigh Convention Center ~ Raleigh, NC.
 
Southeastern Guitar and Amp Show
     
STR-Tremolo HERE!
The
STR-TREMOLO is at the dealers as I type. And so is that insane FuzzyBoost  now a popular option run in conjunction with the Atomic Boost.  It's all HERE and with a lot of Fuzz... I'm predicting a big run on these STR-Trem based on my time wailing on it~ kh
 
     

Where's FALL?  HIGH POWER AST & STR-Tremolo A Go...Stay Tuned
Been a long time but we've been super busy this summer. Got a host of new Dealers here and overseas.  Wanted to let the Swart Amps Brigade know that all is well post Irene as she skirted the coast far enough offshore to keep us shut down for only 48 hours. Hope to see you guys at the Southeastern Guitar & Amp Show at the Raleigh Convention Center on Sept 24th-25th. Looking to bring the new STR-Tremolo, High Power AST HEAD/MASTER, Swart Fuzz, Swart NL Headphone Amp, AST Master, Atomic Jr, SST, along with the whole line, all plugged in with tubes aglow.

 
See Swart Dealers Page!
     
Festivus! Dealers, Vids, Mail, Photos!
Feels like I just finished the turkey when suddenly, it's Christmas/Festivus/MerryUs time at the Swart Shack.  Where are the elves when you need them? See the latest dealers here and abroad, a great little AST vid from Ade in UK with cool guitars, Swart Brigade Mail, Night Light Madness, and more photos. Am I forgetting something? YES, it's SWART CHRISTMAS TIKES!
 
     
Buddy Miller w/ Robert Plant & Band of Joy
We love the legendary Buddy Miller for his tone, consummate taste, not to mention his amazing playing.  When he contacted us with interest in getting an AST, which turned into TWO AST PROs in stereo, we were more than flattered.  When we heard this was for a tour with none other than Robert Plant for his upcoming release Band of Joy, perhaps ecstatic is a better word.  And Buddy has been loving his AST Pros ever since.  You might have caught him in the last few months with these beasts in play.  Check the latest tour schedule for a cant miss show.
 
     
See SEGAS photos
     

14lb Beast:  Space Tone Atom!
Peter Parcek ~ Greg V HD ~ Facebook
Michael threw down the gauntlet: Either return that @#$% Space Tone Atom Prototype of I'll sick my son on you with his popsicle hands.  Man, this thing is too good.  Too fun.  Too small to sound this big.  I almost lost it.  On purpose.  First round are heading to dealers as I tyoe.  Tons of news this cycle including more on the Space Tone Atom, the 6V6se on Reverb Steroids, the amazing PETER PARCEK with more tone out of an ST then anyone, Greg V=AST HD, Freaky NZ Simon, Onward Soldiers Swart Circle Video, and more.  And we're on facebook...

 
     
Swart Amps Live @ The Amp Show
March 6th & 7th ~   Austin, TX

Michael Swart and the entire Swart line, including a few surprises, will be at The Amp Show in Austin, TX on March 6th -7th.  Come play your Swart of choice, or sample them ALL in our room full of tube glory.  Hear what all the fuss is about first hand and talk to Michael, as down to earth as always.  Will the next new release be on hand?  Come find out!  Get a chance to win a Night Light, too!
 
Swart Amps at The Amp Show in Austin March 6th&7th, 2010!
     
Happy 2010!  Swart in new Decade
Hope you guys had a great holiday.  What day is it again?  Is it really 2010?  And do you say "twenty-ten" or "two-thousand and ten?"  Michael is soldering like a fiend, knee deep in Night Light Mania.  The first batch is out the door and we've already received great feedback.  Pushing two Swarts with one output and you cant stop smiling.  Quit reading this blather and check out Susanna Hoffs & Vicki Peterson atop one of their three Swart STR-Tweeds.  Like their buddy Matthew Sweet, they are smitten with the 5 watter.  Wait till they hear the latest greatest... can you say Baby Swart REVERB?  Might be my new fav! MORE
 
     
Holiday Craziness & The NIGHT LIGHT
Well, we've had this beast here for a while now and it was always near a virtual fist fight to see who could take the Night Light proto home.  Audrey sang three cheers for the attenuator, that is, until I plugged up my AST & STR-Tweed for some holiday cheer.  My face is still numb... GOOD LORD, it made beautiful racket!
 
   
Swart Update: What took you so...
What a sad sight. Why? Because I've got a pile of mails, photos, samples, concert dates, and Swart updates all sitting here. I can see them. You can't. Yep. First off, see Rafiq Bhatia's INSANELY good jazz cuts on the AST.  Next, drop by to find out about Speck Mountain.  And did you see September Vintage Guitar's STR-Tweed rave? How about the AST Head II & 1x12 in TONEQUEST? Stay tuned to the site for new reader videos and samples featuring the AST, STR-Tweed, ST-6V6se, and SST-30, this along with a host of cool photos you Swart fiends have been sending in (thanks Daniel DeGeit for the EXCELLENT ST-6V6se shot on last week's splash page!) And oh yes, as always, Michael has something cool in the mix ~ stay tuned -kh
 
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