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$1499 - Little Ruthie H-Bomb 2 - 12 Cabinet

Tone Tubby came up with the idea:  A Ceramic Green 40/40 speaker and an Alnico Red connected together in a brand new sealed back cabinet from Little Ruthie amps.

Tone Tubby developed the hemp cone that makes these speakers sound so good.  You can see the green color in the picture.  This is no ordinary cone.  The combination of these two speakers together is amazing.

More information coming soon.  I'll try to capture the magic of this cabinet on a sound clip in the near future...

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$1199 - Little Ruthie 5C

The 5 means five watts, the C means clean and crunchy.  Think of this amp as a blackface Fender Princeton preamp with a tweed Princeton poweramp.

Little Ruthie 5C varies from clean to crunchy, depending on the volume control setting.  It has a really nice overdriven tone when cranked all the way up.  It is amazing how loud she can get, but she won't make your ears bleed. A good choice for Classic Rock, Blues or Jazz.  This Ruthie sounds good with single coil or humbucker pickups.  She really sings with my Les Paul.

One 12AX7 and one 6V6 in a single ended class A design.  If you're not sure what that means please check out my FAQ page.  Simple Volume, Treble and Bass controls.

This Ruthie features a natural finish solid oak enclosure made with 1/4" finger joints, Mercury Magnetics transformers, a 12" Tone Tubby Red Alnico speaker and is hand wired point-to-point on an 1/8" thick eyelet board.  A Studio Slips cover is included.

Check out more pictures in the Gallery.

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Here's what Little Ruthie 5C sounds like.  This recording was made with the Volume, Treble and Bass controls all the way up.  A Gibson ES-335 was used first on the bridge pickup, then both pickups and finally the neck pickup.  Thanks for the clip Bryan!

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SOLD! - Little Ruthie TC-15

I call this the "Best of the Big 3" amp.  It mixes some of my favorite circuits from old Fender, Marshall and Vox designs.

First of all, the preamp is strongly influenced by Marshall. Two ECC83 tubes and a modified Marshall preamp drive the poweramp into distortion with very low settings on the volume control.  Miss TC-15 has two channels - Channel 1 is "Normal"  with tons of bass response.  It features a Contour control that determines how low the bass response can go.  This is not like a traditional Bass control, it uses a rotary switch to change the value of the coupling capacitor.  On the lowest setting the bass will shake your guts pretty hard.  Channel 2 is "Bright"  with less bass and lots of treble.  I recommend jumping the two channels together with a short patch cord (included) and mixing the two tones to your taste with the two channel volume controls.  The preamp is rounded out with Treble and Bass tone controls designed using the classic Marshall tone stack.  I've added a Master Volume control at the end of the preamp, but I personally like to turn it all the way up, which is the same as not having a Master Volume.  This allows the preamp to overdrive the poweramp yielding a nice sweet distortion.

Next, the poweramp is very "Fenderish" using one 12AX7 tube for a Cathodyne phase splitter and two 6V6 tubes in a push-pull class A design that outputs 15 watts.  If you're not sure what that means please check out my FAQ page.

Finally, the Cut control is pure Vox.  Use this pot to shape the distortion when the amp is overdriven.  Turning the Cut control up takes out some of the higher harmonics and leaves you with a nice smooth distortion.

A GZ34 rectifier tube in the power supply makes for some added compression and sustain when this amp is cranked.

This Ruthie features a Cream Tolex covering on a 1/2" void free birch plywood enclosure made with 1/4" finger joints.  Black grill cloth surrounded with white piping makes this amp look as great as it sounds. Transformers are Heybour and the loudspeaker is a 12" Tone Tubby Alnico Red.  As with all my amps this girl is hand wired point-to-point on an 1/8" thick eyelet board.  A Studio Slips cover is included.

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Look out!  Bryan Elder's got the Little Ruthie Blues and the TC-15 is breaking his heart.  The amp is cranked and wailing so bad it's good.

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SOLD! - BE-15

This girl is the little sister of the BE-50 (see Gallery).  Same preamp as the 50, but with a new Gain circuit added.  The Gain control works together with the Boost footswitch to give you two different gain settings - one for rhythm and another for leads.  When the boost is ON the preamp gain is increased by 10 dB (about twice as loud).  This allows your lead work to jump out front and scream a little harder.    Standard Volume, Treble and Bass controls round out the preamp.

This design uses three ECC 83S preamp tubes and two 6V6 tubes in a push-pull class A power amp design that delivers 15 watts of power.  If you're not sure what that means please check out my FAQ page.

Little Ruthie BE-15 features a black tolex covered 1/2" birch plywood enclosure made with 1/4" finger joints and white piping, Mercury Magnetics power transformer, Heyboer output transformer, a 12" Weber Ferromax speaker and is hand wired point-to-point on an 1/8" thick eyelet board.

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Bryan Elder used his '59 Les Paul reissue to make this clip.  The Gain Boost is off for the rhythm track and on for the lead.

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Little Ruthie BE-50

The original idea for the BE-50 came from a customer of mine named Bryan Elder.  Hence, the BE in the amp’s name.  This is Bryan’s amp.  It’s got 50 watts.  That’s how I come up with the names for each amp.  I met Bryan when he brought in an amp for repair, a really cool sounding 4x10 tweed Bassman reproduction amp.  I immediately liked the guy because this is one of my favorite guitar amps ever built.  When the amp was done I told Bryan I wanted him to play it a little, just to make sure it sounded okay.  I do this with most of my customers; it gives me a chance to get to know them a little better.  Bryan said “okay”.  I said “what kind of guitar do you play?”  He said “Gibsons, mostly”.  So I handed him my Les Paul, plugged everything in and got him a chair.  Just another day at the office so far.  Then I heard the most incredible guitar sounds I have ever heard in my shop.  I’m pretty sure my jaw hit the floor.  He made that Bassman sound 1000 times better than it did when I had tested it out earlier.

I can’t remember the exact details after that, but somehow I told him that I also built amps.  He tried a couple out.  Same thing.  Eric Clapton was sitting there in my shop.  I have got to get to know this guy better…  He came back a few times after that with some of his own guitars.  We recorded the sound clips for all the other amps on this page.  One of those times Bryan mentioned that he had read an interview in one of the guitar magazines saying that this guitarist had used a Selmer Treble ‘N’ Bass 50 amp to record with.  I’m thinking “Hmmm, Selmer = Band instruments, right?”  But I said “let’s build one”.  So Bryan took the initiative to find a schematic online and was emailing me with all these ideas like “Let’s forget about the Bass channel and make it a one channel amp with just volume, treble and bass. That would save us the cost of one tube, right?”  His excitement about this project was contagious.  Pretty soon I was researching things like transformers, tubes, etc.

Version 1.0 of “Bryan’s Amp” (that’s what it was called at the time) was an exact copy of the original amp with just the treble channel.  It was very loud and very clean.  Too loud and too clean.  This made sense; Selmer made trumpets right?  This amp made the guitar sound like a trumpet.  I knew Bryan well enough by then to know he wouldn’t like this.  He always set up his amps with a nice overdriven sound.  So Bryan never heard Version 1.0.  I added another tube, a dual triode.  This gave me another triode tube for my now standard “Dual Triode Preamp”, a design I stole from Dr. Z amps.  The other triode was used to add more gain into the drive circuitry.  Finally I moved the tone stack to the end of the preamp and used a cathode follower to drive the tone circuit; a little more “Marshall-ish”.  Oops, I fell into geek mode there, started speaking in Geekanese again. Sorry.

Bryan brought over a Marshall 4x12 cabinet with older Celestion greenback speakers.  We plugged Version 2.0 into the cab and Bryan plugged in one of his Les Paul guitars.  We tweaked the overall tone just a little bit more to his liking.  A little less bass, a little more treble.  Sprinkle fairy dust on top.  Version 2.1 was dubbed the “BE-50”.  It was Eric Clapton on steroids.  No, Eric Clapton on Viagra!  I had to go change my pants…

I told Bryan I loved his amp and asked him if I could make it a standard amp in my lineup.  He gave me the thumbs up and here it is.  I’ve built Tolex and natural wood versions of this amp; both heads and combo amps.  I have gotten nothing but positive feedback from people when they hear this amp.  If you are interested in trying one send an email.  We’ll work something out.

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SOLD! - Little Ruthie BE-50 1 x 12 Combo

This is a new BE-50. It was used as a prototype when developing this amp.  The cabinet has several blemishes, holes and marks caused by attaching different stands to the amp.  It still carries a full factory warranty (see Warranty below).  We are discounting the price of this amp $400, due to the damaged cabinet.  Normally $1200, we are asking $800 for this amplifier.

Features:

  • 3 - JJ Electronic ECC 83s Preamp tubes.
  • 2 - JJ Electronic E34L Poweramp tubes.
  • 50 Watts Output Power.
  • 1 - 12 inch Tone Tubby Green Ceramic 4040 Loudspeaker.
  • Heybour Transformers and Choke - Oversized for reliability.
  • Solid State Rectifier - Gives nice tight sounding bass.
  • Dual Triode Preamp Stage - Provides high input Impedance.
  • Cathode Follower Tone Stack - Gives a lot of tonal variations.
  • Long Tail Pair Phase Inverter - High gain for great overdrive.
  • Fixed Bias - Allows tubes to be set for your favorite tone.
  • Class AB poweramp - Biased very hot - sounds great

This amp creates a very musical sounding overdrive.  Very touch sensitive and responds well to variations in picking attack.  Great choice for all types of music, but really excels at classic rock.

Warranty:  This amp is guaranteed to be free of defects in quality and workmanship for 90 days after purchase.  Contact “Little Ruthie Amps” in the event of any problem.  If the amp needs to be returned to Little Ruthie Amps for repair, shipping cost to our factory will be the responsibility of the owner.  Little Ruthie Amps will repair or replace the amplifier at our discretion.  All parts and labor costs will be provided by Little Ruthie Amps.  Shipping costs from our facility back to the owner will be paid for by the owner.