65amps The Whiskey 50-watt Handwired Tube Head

50-watt, 2-channel Tube Amplifier Head, with FX Loop and Included Footswitch
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65amps The Whiskey 50-watt Handwired Tube Head
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Rich, Vibrant Cleans and Hot-rodded Distortion

You get that definitive LA guitar tone with the 65amps Whiskey tube amplifier head, which has modern flexibility that you'll appreciate both onstage and in the studio. 65amps worked closely with tone-wizard Dave Friedman to bring you throttled-up tone that also pumps out sweet clean tones with the best of them. Guitarists at Sweetwater know that the design of most high-gain amplifiers often sacrifice the quality of the clean channel. But the Whiskey's clean channel is completely independent of the master volume circuit, giving you the best of both worlds.

65amps The Whiskey 50-watt 2-channel Tube Amplifier Head at a Glance:
  • Hot-rodded amp with glorious clean tone, too
  • The versatility you need for a wide range of styles
  • 65amps: awesome amplifiers made by guitarists, for guitarists
Hot-rodded amp with glorious clean tone, too

While 65amps worked with Dave Friedman to give the Whiskey that iconic LA guitar tone with liquid leads and rich distortion. While they wanted to nail the distortion sound of a classic hot-rodded British amp, they didn't want to sacrifice the character of the clean channel. The Whiskey's clean channel is completely independent of the master volume circuit, which leaves all the chiming, plucky goodness of the clean channel to shine through.

The versatility you need for a wide range of styles

The gurus at 65amps are gigging guitarists, too, and they know what you need both onstage and in the studio. The Whiskey is incredibly responsive, tonally versatile, and plays well with pedals. Even if your sets include a variety of styles, from classic rock and blues to modern pop tunes, you'll be impressed with the versatility of the Whiskey.

65amps: awesome amplifiers made by guitarists, for guitarists

The founders of 65amps, Dan Boul and Peter Stroud, are a couple of accomplished guitarists who turned to their passion for guitar tone when they created amplifiers such as the Whiskey. Drawing from Stroud's extensive experience onstage with Sheryl Crow, 65amps came about as an attempt to create roadworthy guitar amplifiers capable of keeping stage volume low while providing the rich and complex sound of full-sized amps. Since hitting the scene in 2002, 65amps models including The Whiskey have made their way into the rigs of guitarists such as Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Peter Frampton, Vince Gill, and Keith Urban.

65amps The Whiskey 50-watt 2-channel Tube Amplifier Head Features:
  • Tube amplifier head voiced to give you definitive LA guitar tone
  • Hot-rodded distortion tones, plus incredibly rich and vibrant clean tone
  • American-made components including custom transformers, SoZo capacitors, and Allen-Bradley Carbon Comp resistors
  • Designed with help from tone guru Dave Friedman
  • Easy to integrate into your rig with dual speaker outs and switchable 8-/16-ohm operation
West coast tone is yours with the Whiskey from 65amps!

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!

Additional Media

Guitar Amp Buying Guide
65amps Whiskey Tube Combo Amplifier Demo

Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Total Power 50W
Effects Yes
EQ 3-band
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x 6L6
Inputs 1 x TS
Outputs 2 x TS
Effects Loop Yes
Footswitch I/O Yes
Height 8.75"
Width 20.75"
Depth 8.5"
Weight 43 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number The Whiskey Head

Customer Reviews

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Best amp I've ever owned

I have played professionally for almost 20 years. For 12 of those years I worked in a boutique guitar shop. So needless to say I have had many many amps. Everything from vintage Mesa and Marshall to modern Bogners and Splawns. I play a wide range of music from classic rock and blues to heavy metal. I purchased the Whiskey after talking with Dan Boul (super nice an very helpful guy!) about needing an amp for my country coverband project. I needed something versatile that would do the boutique cleans but get crunchy for the more modern stuff. He suggested the whiskey so I purchased the 50 watt head and matching 2x12. I was BLOWN AWAY! The first live show I couldn't believe how warm, clean and responsive the tone was. The clean channel is very clean with tons of headroom. There is only 1 knob which is all you need. It's pure clean heaven! The dirty channel you need to turn up to around 4 to match the clean on 1. This is perfect for the sweet spot in the tone. The dirty channel has tons of low end and midrange that can be dialed in to whatever you desire. Another fantastic feature is the effects loop in this amp. It works flawlessly at the perfect level and is quiet and transparent. The biggest surprise with this am was when I took it to my heavy metal bands practice and plugged it into a 4x12. It has a decent amount of gain by itself but when you hit it with an overdrive it is a heavy metal machine. The Whiskey is truly the most amazing, inspiring and unique amp I have ever owned. I cannot say enough good things about it.
Music background: Professional musician

65 Amps Whiskey Head

I am extremely pleased with this head! I have been looking a long time for this combination of clean and OD. I play Strats, Les Pauls, Charvel/Jacksons. The head doesn't care what you use! The clean channel is one knob! Just turn it up! There is a selector switch for brightness. I leave it on bright all the time. The OD channel can do Classic Rock, Pop Country and newer Rock. The 2nd Channel reminds me of my 1970's Hi-W*tt head but way more versatile. The amp is well built, nice physical dimensions and not too heavy. I am a weekend player and run it through a 1x12 Mic'ed up and it sounds fabulous!. I ran it through a 2x12 and a 4x12 and it pushes them all just fine. Included foot switch for channel switching. Along with Jason Kuntz from Sweetwaters advice, I also messaged Dan Bohl and got a nice reply. Not often you get to talk to the owner! Thanks 65 Amps and Sweetwater!!
Music background: I have been playing guitar for 40+ years.
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