The Beale St. is bright—markedly brighter than, say, a blackface Deluxe, especially a well-worn vintage one. But it’s an incredibly sweet-sounding brightness, with lovely chiming overtones at all settings. It’s the kind of brightness you embrace with both arms—intense, but never wince-inducing. Playing a vintage Strat (with a bridge pickup can get shrill), I never found myself avoiding the pickup or restraining my attack. Same with the unpotted, vintage-style PAFs in my Les Paul—I got great crackling twang, but the tones are balanced and musical. The Beale St. doesn’t sound precisely like a Matchless, Dumble, or Trainwreck, but like those amps, it excels at electrifying highs. At times, it’s like playing a Tesla coil... read more >>
If I was forced to choose just one desert island amp, I’d be torn between my tweed 1957 Fender Deluxe 5E3 and my brown 1962 Fender Deluxe 6G3. Ideally, I’d want an amp with the wide dynamic range and harmonically complex distortion of the ’57 (but without the sag) and the Plexi-like roar and tight definition of the ’62. Perhaps the clean tone could be a little more sparkling and pristine, too. That’s pretty much the definition of ToneVille’s top-of-the-line Beale St. model. Like a Fender Deluxe, the Beale St. sounds great no matter where you set the controls (and has a lot more of them) read more >>
...beautifully finished, light-colored maple for the top and front panel complemented by dark walnut sides, all sourced near ToneVille headquarters in Colorado Springs. No need for Tolex or tweed here. Perfectly fitted and visually striking dovetail joints accentuate the contrasting wood tones and undoubtedly contribute to the amp’s sonic characteristics. Speaking of tone, this baby breathes! The lows have tremendous punch and the highs are very Vox-like.
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