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John Suhr's CAE OD-100
Well, this year Christmas came early â€“ After over a 3 year wait, John Suhrâ€™s Custom Audio Amp â€“ The OD-100 has finally landed!
If you are not familiar with the OD-100, she was originally only available through Custom Audio Electronics even though she was Johnâ€™s design (as well as the 3 channel CAE Preamp) â€“ but is now being built and distributed by Johnâ€™s JS Technologies Inc. which will make them much more accessible.
Players such as Mike Landau,Warren Hayes and Scott Henderson (of which there is a model with his name ) have roared through the OD-100 for quite a while â€“ and with this bunch I do mean roared!!!
The Amp is a mean, bone crushing instrument of tone
100 watts powered by a quartet of 5881 power tubes, she has great clean head room and an incredibly aggressive solo channel.
Each channel has a bright and gain boost switch (the dirty channel Boost switch has an internal pot for adjusting the proper amount of gain for your own personal solo tone) plus itâ€™s own gain/volume/mid/bass/treble controls. This is a very simple and straight forward setup that makes it very easy to get your sound in each channel without affecting the other.
Attributes and controls
John Suhr, Custom Audio Electronics OD100, Color "Black", Introducing the Custom Audio Electronics OD-100 one hundred watt All Tube Guitar Amplifier. Designed after years of painstaking research and development with some of the finest guitarists in the industry, the OD-100 is a two channel 3 mode amp capable of a wide variety of vintage to modern tones. It's straightforward design and rugged construction is simple to use, yet extremely versatile. From a warm, fat & punchy clean sound to blistering overdrive and everything in between, this amp must be played & heard to be believed.
â€˘ Channel 1 (Clean) Controls:
5 Level (Master Vol. for Chan.1)
6 Bright Switch
7 Boost Switch (Adds gain for a "dirty" clean sound)
â€˘ Channel 2 (Overdrive) Controls:
6 Level (Master Vol. for Chan.2)
7 Bright Switch
8 Boost Switch*
â€˘ Front panel or remote controlled allows for a more aggressive tonality while providing increased level and overdrive.
â€˘ A tube buffered series effects loop is provided along with a return level control (power section master volume) to allow interfacing with a wide variety of effects devices. The loop circuit and return level control are only in the signal path when cables are connected to the effects loop. The individual channel master level controls act as effects send levels and the return level control then acts as an overall master volume when the loop is used. The effects send jack is always active and is useful as a low impedance preamp section line out.
â€˘ 4-5881 power tubes with a custom designed output transformer.
â€˘ Worldwide line voltage capability utilizing standard or European fusing.
â€˘ Regulated DC heaters for the 6 12AX7 preamp tubes provide low noise and increased tube life.
â€˘ Control channel selection and CH2 boost mode with a simple dual latching footswitch.
â€˘ Channel 2 (Overdrive) Controls:Effects loop with a return level and footswitch jack located on the rear panel.
â€˘ 2 speaker outs each for 4 and 8 ohm cabs and 1 speaker out for a 16 ohm cab.
â€˘ Item # AJS01
So, how does she sound?
The clean channel certainly has enough sound and enough headroom to play funk or jazz and with the gain boost engaged we are definitely talking the â€śBig Time Single Coil Neck Pickup Blues Toneâ€ť â€“ actually I could probably get away with just the first channel.
The Second channel is the beast channel - She has a ton of gain and utter girth that makes your strings sound like they are an inch thick!!! Some folks questioned whether she had enough gain after we did our first sound clips (this was done with a chambered Suhr â€“s/s/h) but I only had the gain on 6 â€“ believe me there is plenty gain to be had â€“ Steve Stevens would not use an amp that had a wimpy tone and John is building one for him right now for the new Billy Idol project.
The second clip we did with a PRS McCarty I gave her a little more juice â€“ about 3/4s of the way up on the gain â€“ and she had even more of a bad attitude.
Suhr Classic, Alder, Color "Black", Alder Body, Maple Neck w/ Indian Rosewood Fingerboard, 60's C Vintage Standard Neck Carve .810-.930, 10-14" Radius, Tusq Nut, 6105 SS Frets, Gotoh VG300 Bridge, 1.650" Nut Width, Chrome Hardware, Tortoise Shell Pickguard, Volume/Tone/Tone, 5 Way Switch, Face Jack, V-60LP Neck and Middle, SSV Bridge, Hardshell Case, Item #GJS151.
Play an MP3 of this Amp with a Suhr Classic with V-60LP in the neck and middle and a SSV in the bridge
Tyler Guitars, Classic, Alder Body, Maple Neck and Fingerboard, Virtual Vintage Neck and Middle Pickups, Trembucker Bridge pickup, Sperzel Locking Tuners, Hard Shell Case, Color "Red Schmear", Item # GTY035.
Play an MP3 of this Amp with a Tyler Classic with a JB Humbucker in the Channel 2 Boosted
Play an MP3 of this Amp with a Paul Reed Smith McCarty in Channel 2 Boosted
John Suhr 2003 Limited Edition, #15 of 50, Color "Honey Burst" Alder Body, 3/16" Quilt Maple Top, Maple w/ Indian Rosewood Fingerboard, 60's C Vintage Standard, .810-.930, 10"-14" Radius, Tusq Nut, 6105 Stainless Steel Frets, Gotoh VG300 Trem Bridge, 1.650 Nut Width, Chrome Hardware, Sperzel Locking Tuners, No Pickguard, Volume Tone 5way, Side jack, Chrome Knobs, V-60LP Middle and Neck Pickups, DSV Bridge in Zebra, Matching Figured Headstock and Gloss Neck, Scraped Binding, Abalone 12 Fret Only LTD. inlay, Custom Fit Hard Shell CaseItem #GJS2003-15.
Play an MP3 of this Amp with a Suhr Standard Maple/Mahogany with Hum/Single/Hum
This is one of those â€śI could play anything through this and it would sound killer ampsâ€ť that would last me a lifetime.
Please let me know if I can help with any questions you might have â€“
Thanks very much for your time,
|Date Added: 03/07/2005
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