Bluesman Bluesman Bluesman Bluesman Bluesman Bluesman

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This 18 watt, 1x12 combo is based on one of the most popular vintage amps, the 5E3 tweed deluxe. It's a favourite of many, who love it for its addictive tone and personality. The minimal circuitry makes it fabulously responsive, with singing sustain and a fat sweet tone. In fact it's as much a musical instrument as the guitar itself.

The low to medium power output and single 12" speaker is a classic combination, and makes for a portable lightweight package. It's great for recording, rehearsal and small gigs (and of course can be miked-up for larger gigs).

The Bluesman features normal and bright channels, with high and low inputs for each channel. There is a volume control for each channel, and a common tone control.

Example picThe two volume controls are interactive - i.e. the setting of the Normal channel volume control will affect the sound of the Bright channel and vice versa. This is a quirk of the circuit design and enhances the amp's versatility. When plugged into one channel, the other channel volume control can be used to increase or decrease gain and midrange.

A practical application of this is to set one channel for lead and the other for clean/rhythm and use an AB box to switch between the two.

The Bluesman is available in a classic style cabinet covered in genuine tweed, and also in the same style cabinet and cosmetics as the Ace amps.


Sound clips

With Celestion Blue speaker

Bright channel, volume and tone at halfway

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Handwired all tube circuitry
Normal and Bright channels
High and Low Inputs
Heavy Duty Transformers
Handmade solid pine cabinet
Genuine woven tweed covering



Power 18 watts
Tubes 5Y3GT, 2x 6V6GT, 12AX7 and 12AY7.
Speaker 1 x 12"
Dimensions (H x W x D) 405 x 510 x 241mm (16 x 20 x 9.5")
Weight 16kg (35lbs)



£1695 with Jensen P12Q
£1795 with Celestion Alnico Blue



Add £40 for NOS 6V6GT's
Add £50 for a lined or padded cover.

Ask about transformer and rectifier upgrades for extra volume and clean headroom, or for a lower wattage version.

All dimensions and weights are approximate. Weight will vary according to speaker choice.
Please do not use these dimensions to order a cover or flightcase yourself, instead measure your cabinet carefully once you receive it.
Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.