SeQuel RAVINE [to the Manhattan Guitar Club]


The SeQuel RAVINE [nod to the Manhattan Guitar Club]

late 1950s sound character
with modern articulation, transparency, power
select reference grade components
octal triode preamp tubes
6L6 power tubes
custom high-definition transformers
volume | treble | bass | reverb controls
50 watts RMS [clean]
12 inch alnico magnet speaker
weight: ~35 lbs | 16 kilos

The SeQuel RAVINE. 50-watts. Compact 1x12 combo. Vintage late 1950s-era sound character with modern muscle, definition and reference grade transparency. Lush reverb circuit. 35-lbs approximately. Inspired by a magical combination of several circuits from the mind of Jazz bassist Everett Hull. Brought to modern reference grade level by SeQuel Amplifiers.

Jazz guitar strongly came into its own during the 1950s in no small way helped by technologic developments in amplifiers: guitarists could finally get heard!  But more than volume, there is something unique and special about the sound of guitar of that era : Jim Hall, Wes Montomery, Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Bucky Pizzarelli, Mundell Lowe, Johnny Smith, Barry Galbraith, Jimmy Raney and all the other founders of modern Jazz guitar.

One of the elements that contributed to that classic sound were the large octal base preamp tubes/valves commonly used in amplifiers at the time, the 6--7s types before the advent of the ubiquitous small nonal base 12AX7 [ECC83] and its derivatives. Here at SeQuel Amplifiers we wanted to explore the sound of those big bottle preamp tubes and their circuits in the context of archtop Jazz guitar meaning clean and transparent.

But we also set out in our quest in a logical and measured way that balanced the realities of present day tube production and availability with technological developments that have occured over the past 60-80 years. We embraced the changes, incorporating modern reference grade components carefully selected through personal audition, even to the point of custom manufacturing transformer sets to unveil the sound.

And then there is Reverb. If we were going to include this effect it had to be especially lush. And indeed the reverb circuit in the SeQuel RAVINE is particularly deep and dimensional...yet it doesn't swamp the inherent sound of the guitar. Rather, it acts more like a room adding a certain ambiance. Corresponding with the period of this amplifier, it's a spring reverb type. 

During the 1950s many working Jazz guitarists relied on 15-watt amplifiers. The top-of-the-line models were 25-watt "powerhouses." But that was during the acoustic Jazz and Swing years. Today the music has changed. And it's louder. So the SeQuel RAVINE is a 50-watt amplifier. Ample clean headroom to play cleanly in most any situation calling for an archtop guitar yet housed in a compact, portable cabinet weighing only about 35-lbs | 16-kilos.

Like all SeQuel amplifiers, the RAVINE is simple to use. The Ravine has 4-controls: Volume. Treble. Bass. Reverb. Just plug in, EQ to the room, and you're ready. That's it.

So what's the result?  The RAVINE is truly a wonderful sounding amp. Wide frquency bandwidth, precise, detailed, dimensional, acoustic, open quality about the sound with just a hint of that vintage harmonically rich warmth and "fatness" around the edge of the note or chord. And beautifully transparent so the inherent acoustic sound of your archtop guitar comes through.

The very special SeQuel RAVINE. Distributed exclusively by SOUNDISLANDMUSIC.COM on a worldwide basis. Available in 115 and 230v versions.