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The Steel String Sultan is a compact version of our Steel String Singer. The Sultan is a very strong, punchy amp with a lot of attitude. Its powerful voice is crisp and clear with a strong output that manifests unique qualities to your cleans. The single-channel design with 6L6 power section has a hi-fidelity that’s wonderfully musical. Our SSS amps are based off of Dumble SSS #005 which was originally built for Eric Johnson and is one of the more elusive versions of the SSS as few people have the information to build this circuit.
What Do We Think?
Firstly, this amp is all about the cathode follower. This design increases your clean headroom and ensures your power section is seeing a big, but clear signal out of your preamp section. Harmonics are alive. Cleans are big and lush, with no unwanted sag.
Secondly, the 6-position High and Low filter controls. Even before you go tweaking your EQ, start here. Each provides six varying roll-off frequencies for superb control of your top and bottom end. These are enormously useful, especially given the massive EQ range of the amp. We tend to run both filters back a couple notches and fine-tune to suit the guitar.
And then you still have a full 3-band EQ section and presence control. The tonal contouring options on this amp are unparalleled. We love where the midrange EQ sits. Roll it past noon to give the amp a gloriously round and smooth midrange, or cut it back for a “glassier” tone without triggering any ice-picky highs.
Finally, the three toggle switches piggy back on the tonestack for a degree of variety perhaps unsurpassed by any other clean amp. The Rock/Jazz switch in the up position actually pushes the amp into a light, but creamy, overdrive. Work the volume knob on your guitar to bring it all the way back to clean, or lay into it for some crunch and extra sustain on single notes. The Deep and Bright switches speak for themselves, and allow you to make quick adjustments for different guitars or desired EQ emphases.
The tube-driven reverb is just as lush as the rest of the circuitry. With independent send and return controls, you decide whether you are looking for a big pre-delay that pushes your notes aside or a more nuanced flavor that kicks in behind the note attack. From mild to outright spacey, you can have it all.
Of particular note, this amp brings a Strat to life with all the big & snappy lows, juicy mids and syrupy highs you could ever want. And yet it puts an incredible chirp on your humbuckers as well. And you can still push this beast into a fantastic rhythm breakup, especially with those ‘buckers. You’ll get an incredibly tight and punchy grind by pushing the power tubes via the Master Volume while backing off the preamp section.
This Steel String Sultan 50W head features Silver Suede and classic Marshall-style large check grill. We have it paired with a matching Amplified Nation 1x12 cab loaded with a Celestion G12-65 for a warm bottom, balanced midrange and detailed top end. Both head and cab are included in the listing.
Contact us for a price on either the head or cab alone.
International buyers, please contact us for a shipping quote!