Amps Spring Mail Bag
A few letters from the Swart Family at
Service & Amp Proud
I've never been so proud before of owning any guitar gear than with
this Swart Amps ST-6V6se.
You have been incredibly great and kind in the way that you have answered
all of my questions. The quality of your amps and customer support is
Again thank you so much!
Michael! What did you Do!?!?
Poor Michael manages a smile after visit to OrthoMan, this after busting
living loving maid on bike after picking up some abandoned
treasure on the side of the road. While negotiating an upcoming stop
sign with a piece of the prize starting to make its way out of the make-shift
securing job, Michael's quick stab at the brakes (front brake, of course)
brought far more than he bargained for, his front wheel washing out
as he went ass over tea kettle, hand STILL on brake, pinky extended,
just in time for it to SNAP, crackle, and POP. OUCH. The X-Rays are
not pretty. It looks like my plant grafting project from Chapel Hill
High circa 1980. Doc says, "Hey, you better remove that wedding
band because he'll be cutting it off in a few hours." Oops. No
Guitar Playing for a while. But watching him try and solder one handed
was a joy despite getting burned (seemed a bit on purpose to me..my
third hand work was shaky). Looking at 4-5 weeks of sympathy. Don't
milk it TOO much. Get Well Soon, Man ~ kh
Praise Partnered w/ Gretch/Guild
You guys nailed that kind of tone I was looking for years! That lil'
STR Tremolo is a loud and paramount sounding amp and simply the best
I've ever played and I know some! Whether I plug in my Gretsch 6120
Hot Rod or my Guild Manhattan - my SWART gives me everything between
beautiful cleans like Wicked Game or nasty Setzer-like gritty Rockabilly.
Warm thanks from Germany,
Jr. Head & 1x12 w/Alnico Cream
Digging it is an understatement. Please indulge me a little praise...
you've heard it before from people whose opinions matter more than mine
but I have never seen any other maker match the quality, tone, and inspiration
that define your amps, at any price point.
I wrote a new song about 2 hours after I plugged in and I'm far from
maybe 35 or 40 amps looking for yours. Yeah, maybe I'm picky but, just
like when my AST arrived, this one was perfect. I do really like the
big extension cab too - it's really 3D and lush and fills the room in
the best possible way. Love the speaker, too - thanks for the Alnico
Cream recommendation. And now that I have the cabinet, an AST head seems
inevitable as soon as I move a couple of now obsolete items.
Thanks very very much.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
the Alnico • STR-Tweed
have to say since I bought the STR-Tweed SN 638 last year, I swapped
in the Celestion Blue I had. The amp just kills with this speaker! The
Mojotone sounds great, but the Blue... I don't know how to put other
than it is just a glorious sound! Much more open and detailed to me.
Going on a year with this amp and it amazes me every day I play thru
Else is Smitten with the ST-6V6se
Hi, everyone at Swart.
This is not an inquiry…..It's a THANK YOU!
I just got a few days ago your 5 watt Space Tone 6V6se! I was stunned
by the depth and quality of the tone! I expected it to be an excellent
amp, but this has exceeded my expectations by a factor of 100%!
I can’t believe all that beautiful sound comes out of that 8”
This is a magic box of sonic joy. You guys ACED it!!!!!! Thank you to
everyone who had a hand in designing and building this treasure!
I absolutely love playing with this amp!!!!!
Peace and thanks again.
Pro Fan for Life
So I sold
my Bogner Shiva 212 because it was too heavy to lug around. I then I
began doing a lot of searching for a smaller amp which would still make
my CS Masterbuilt Strats sing .
The Swart AST Pro is that amp. What an amazing tone monster. Simple
in features yet complex in what it can deliver. Using the guitars volume
and tone controls, this amp responds to every nuance. It's super sensitive
and percussive . This would easily cover most music genres but add pedals
and it would cover them all.
Build quality is premium. Small and light enough to lug yet powerful
enough to play on small to medium stages. Super quiet so ideal for studios
and home practicing and recording.
I've been playing for 48 years and have owned some very high end amps.
This is up there with the best of the those. My Strats have never sounded
sweeter. Thanks Mike and to those at Swart for being so dedicated to
great amp building
MOD84 doing it nicely
Hello, my name is Patrick.
I just wanted to say thank you for designing and building the Mod
84. I bought one from a place called Guitar Riot last week, got it
on Wednesday and I'm ecstatic!
It solves nearly every
problem I've had with nearly every other amp I've ever bought. It's
light enough (the pine cab is a beautiful thing, my amp looks just
like the one on the front of your website with the ostrich and white
aesthetics by the way) that I don't think I'll ever mind taking it
anywhere. It's just loud enough that I can engage in some volume therapy
when needed, but not loud enough that it will bother my autistic son.
It's got just a dash of that vintage sag and chewiness that I enjoy,
but it never flubs out (EVERY other el84 amp I've run into flubs out
at some point for whatever reason)..... I love it
Oh also, I've never met
an amp that enjoys being turned all the way up like this one does!
Serious, serious kudos for that.
Again, thank you, I plan
on enjoying this amp for a very long time.
| STR-Tweed kudos from Texas
Amplifier Company! My name is Kelly Baker and I am writing to you
from my home studio in Denton, TX.
I recently purchased a beautiful Swart STR Tweed from Chicago Music
Exchange. It has
a built in Nighlight Jr., super lush reverb, and absolutely no issues.
begin to express all of the things I love so much about this amp!
It has such a beautiful warm voice and soul!
so many places it can go! Sheer clean tonal bliss - amazing warm blues
territory - incredible early break up - with a fuzz pedal I've even
gotten it into some really high gain territory as well.
I knew I was getting a great amplifier, but I had no idea it would
be my favorite of all time. I think I own 11 different builds, this
one is the only one I've played since I got it. It sounds incredible
with any guitar I've plugged into it.
I wasn't on a pre-order build list or anything, but I feel like it
was personally made for me alone. I want to let you know how much
I appreciate what you are doing in beautiful North Carolina! Thank
you so much!
forward to doing more business with Swart in the future... I'm already
eyeing the Creamback 212 extension cab.
| Love for AST overseas...
just made a great deal with a friend. He loved my Tone King Sky
King, a fastastic amp by the way. But heavy and loud. Playing since
days on his Swart AST and he can have the SkyKing.
I'm completely in love with the Swart. It goes so well with my Strat,
52 Tele and even with my old Les Paul jr. my band mates from the
John Cornwill Band totally agree.
Thank you for this amazing musical instrument.
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Madness here in NC!
Not talking NCAA Basketball, either
so we endured one of the warmest winters down here in NC in quite some
time, thinking we're all home free.... Next thing you know, it's a damn
blizzard on the island here, snow flakes the size of quarters. What
in the name of Tube Distortion is going on now?
And the mail
is coming in to ride along with the vibe. I can't even remember who
sent this in but it's purrtastic! Whoever sent this, please call me!
We need to adopt your cat!
PS - Dog lovers complained.... So here is the "original" Swart
beast, TYLER the AST loving hound to balance the spectrum.
the Alnico • STR-Tweed
So I'm testing this STR-Tweed for one of our great dealers down South.
And I'm like, "wow, this is really sounding insane. What tubes
are in this beast? Sounds a bit more lively and open... A bit more THERE
there. Ok, it's March..but still. This STR-Tweed is sounding KILLER!
Ok...wait a minute. Is that a BLUE in that beast? YES! Someone orderd
a Celestion Blue in an STR-Tweed, a rare event. And damn if it does
not sound amazing. I don't want to stop testing even though there is
a bank of amps sitting there. Time to tell people maybe the ole Celestion
Blue is a way to get that Nut. Indeed. Give it some thought. I'm digging
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NEW! Swart Amps Cloth PATCH!
The back story for this beast is semi-interesting.... So Michael was
heading to NAMM to take in all the action and visit with some dealers
when he saw it was going to be relatively chilly. Realizing that no
one would see the Swart Amps shirt, he decided on the next best thing,
a custom patch for the jacket. After pricing one, he realized he would
be better off getting 500. There you have it. See #1 below, on the offending
jacket, all ready to roll at NAMM. So #1 is on Michael's coat. That
leaves 499 to go! . Now included in the Swart
Swag Bag on the parts page. Of if you want the patch alone and live
in CONUS, it's $7 to your door. Just drop us a mail at email@example.com
and we'll hook you up.
~ kh ~ overseas, will be
a bit more shipping.
We STILL love all
TUBES all the
time, in/out of the Swart Shop...
But Streaming Bluetooh audio?
and I are usually spinning the vinyl or playing files... Lately, I've
been really getting into building up a system that would sound great
with STREAMING convenience, usually a downer with audio quality, especially
via bluetooth. Stumbled on a GREAT solution via hi-def streaming services
like Apple Music or Pandora. Lately it's been a Cary Audio SLP-70 tube
preamp into various tube amps I sub in, this to a pair of vintage Klipsch
Cornwalls with Alnico horns. But the biggest surprise? See below.
On a rec from a friend, I tossed in an Audio Engine B1
to occasionally stream from phone Apple Music/Pandora Hi-Def via 24-bit
up-sampling DAC and this AptX "Bluetooth"Codec. And it's CRAZY
but this combination amazingly good. I play it for people and they are
shocked. It's actually more open sounding than my old Rega Planet CDP,
just not quite as much low end foundation. Anyway, the convenience is
insane..... anything on tap in a second. I have to admit, if not spinning
vinyl, it's my go to solution. Listening to the setup as I type.
The Little Audio Engine
B1 Bluetooth receiver sounds astounding via Tubes
and Horns Streaming services like Pandora and Apple Music via their high
definition subscriptions. Result is beyond surprising, this using their
Bluetooth AptX codec.
Long-time Swart Fan
AST to ST-45 w/Stereo Cab.
Fully Smitten with Result
wanted to say thank you for making such a good sexy product. I have
stopped looking at amps altogether cuz I doubt I'll every find anything
better. St45 and the stereo cab are amazing.
Michael going nuts
COMPLETE Groud Up Tear
Down of 1965 Vespa
what the hell is that on the bench? Looks like a nightmare I had last
Friday. Nope, evidently Michael got bored and needed a new project
in off hours. Those classic Vespas are addictive.
Details coming soon.....
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