65amps Lil' Elvis - 12W 1x12" Guitar Combo Amp

12-watt 1-channel All-tube 1x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier with Bump and Master Voltage Controls, Tremolo, Effects Loop
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65amps Lil\' Elvis - 12W 1x12
65amps Lil\' Elvis - 12W 1x12

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65amps Lil' Elvis - 12W 1x12" Guitar Combo Amp
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Packed with Vintage Vibe and Cool Features

The 65amps Lil' Elvis owes a tonal debt to the British Invasion and classic American designs. With its 12AX7 front end and EL84 power section, this vintage-flavored and handwired guitar amp combo delivers 12 of the loudest watts you'll ever hear through its 12" Celestion. Innovative features include a footswitchable bump control to take you from clean to dirty, a master voltage that varies tube power supply voltages to let the amp run normally down to a couple of watts without losing character, and a tremolo that preserves your pick attack. Like vintage amps? You'll love the 65amps Lil' Elvis.

65amps Lil' Elvis Tube Guitar Combo Amp at a Glance:
  • Vintage vibe is baked into Lil' Elvis
  • Master Voltage circuit preserves your tone at any volume
  • The advantages of a 2-channel amp without the complexities
  • Why you can't live without bias tremolo
  • A robust, roadworthy amp with a boutique sensibility
  • 65amps: by guitarists, for guitarists
Vintage vibe is baked into Lil' Elvis

With its outstanding tonal vocabulary, excellent touch response, and rich harmonic content, 65amps' Lil' Elvis instantly reminds you of the tastiest vintage tube amps you have ever played. It even has a tube rectifier. When it comes to electric guitar tone, vintage, of course, is where it's at. But that doesn't mean that the best amps of yesteryear were perfect. Far from it. Drawing on over 50 years of collective amp-design wisdom, 65amps has studied and made note of what works and what doesn't. As the two principals of the company are both pro guitarists, they have a few additional items on their wish lists that take a great vintage-inspired amp design and put it over the top in terms of tone, reliability, and usable features.

Master Voltage circuit preserves your tone at any volume

Lil' Elvis is also packing some cool modern tricks in its stylish, roadworthy chassis. 65amps' Master Voltage circuit, for instance, is a giant step forward in power technology. No mere scaling schema, attenuator, or master volume, Master Voltage preserves your tone, authority, and touch response all the way down to two or three watts, making Lil' Elvis a scalable solution for recording and live gigs. (It's also invaluable when you're using in-ear monitors.)

The advantages of a 2-channel amp without the complexities

In addition to 65amps' cool Master Voltage, Lil' Elvis is packing several other cutting-edge features that make it easy to take total control of your tone both onstage and in the studio. Lil' Elvis is a 1-channel amp, but that doesn't mean inconvenience or tonal compromise. 65amps' bump control takes you from clean to dirty by switching the tube gain structure with just a toetap on the included 2-button footswitch. So you can be cruising along with a glassy rhythm part, then kick Lil' Elvis into overdrive for a shredtastic solo.

Why you can't live without bias tremolo

Love vintage tremolo? At Sweetwater, we do, too. What we're not overly fond of is losing the ictus of our notes when the tremolo just happens to be in the southern region of its cycle. So 65amps fitted Lil' Elvis with a very cool bias tremolo that preserves your pick attack by actuating after you hit your notes and tremming the decay. (65amps jokingly refers to it as aftertrem.) This lets you play naturally and deploy the tremolo on a wide range of guitar parts where you would never think of using a conventional tremolo. Trust us - once you've tried bias tremolo, you won't want to be without it.

A robust, roadworthy amp with a boutique sensibility

Handcrafted in Southern California, 65amps' Lil' Elvis sports a boutique sensibility and sound to match. But Lil' Elvis is no effete snob; it's a hard-rockin' workhorse that'll take everything your tour schedule can dish out and ask for more. From its .09" aluminum chassis and finger-jointed baltic birch cabinet to its Mercury handwound transformers and MIL-Spec handwiring, this puppy is built. So when you take the stage with Lil' Elvis, you can concentrate on your performance not your gear. Lil' Elvis also sports an effects loop, dual speaker outs, and switchable 8-/16-ohm impedance. Everything a proper road warrior amp should have.

65amps: by guitarists, for guitarists

65amps' Dan Boul and Peter Stroud are guitarists first and amp design engineers second. Peter also happens to be Sheryl Crow's guitarist. Now, like many savvy performers these days, Sheryl prefers to keep her stage volumes low. Low stage volumes equate to cleaner house and monitor mixes, which ultimately result in better performances. It was the need for a robust and roadworthy low-powered guitar amp that sounds as rich and complex as larger tube amps that led to the formation of 65amps. With the luxury of looking back on more than 50 years of guitar amp designs, Peter and Dan were able to identify strengths and weaknesses and come up with innovative, modern designs that deliver tasty vintage tone, modern reliability, and enhanced usability.

65amps Lil' Elvis Tube Guitar Combo Amp Features:
  • Outstanding tonal vocabulary with a vintage flavor
  • Excellent touch response and rich harmonic content
  • Master Voltage circuit decreases your volume without losing tonal character
  • Bias tremolo preserves your note attacks
  • Smooth switch gets rid of crossover distortion
  • Footswitchable bump control takes you from clean to dirty by switching the tube gain structure
  • 12 watts; 3 x 12AX7 preamp tubes, 2 x EL84 output tubes, 1 x EZ81 rectifier tube
  • 1 x 12" Celestion G12H30 speaker
  • Mercury handwound transformers
  • Chicken head pointer knobs
  • Volume, smooth switch, tone, bump switch, intensity, speed, and master controls
  • Series effects loop, footswitch jack, dual speaker outs, and switchable 8-/16-ohm impedance
  • Finger-jointed baltic birch cabinet; .09" aluminum chassis
  • 2-button footswitch included
  • MIL-Spec wiring techniques for consistent, reliable build quality
  • Handcrafted in Southern California
65amps' Lil' Elvis sports a vintage vibe and boutique features!

What Does "Special Order" Mean?

A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

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Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Total Power 12W
Speaker Size 1 x 12"
Effects Yes (Tremolo)
EQ 1-band
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x EL84, 1 x EZ81 (Rectifier)
Inputs 1 x TS
Outputs 2 x TS
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 19.75"
Width 25"
Depth 10"
Weight 57 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Lil" Elvis 1x12

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