|Power Output||50 Watts|
|Output Tubes||2 - EL34 (Fixed Bias)|
|Preamp Tubes||1 - 12dw7/ecc832, 2 - 12AX7|
|Controls||Bright Blend, Volume, Mid, Bass, Treble, Master Volume|
|Panel Switches||Bright, Fat Boost, Plexi Boost|
|Options||Series (unbuffered) Effects Loop: $50|
|Head||TV Front or Glaze Panel|
|1x12 Combo||TV Front Pine or Split Panel Birch Ply|
|2x12 Combo||TV Front Pine or Split Panel Birch Ply|
|Dimensions||See our cabinets page for more info|
Imagine being able to get Plexi tones and Blackface Bassman tones (but without the flabby bottom) from the same amp. The Road Hogg series amps allow you to do JUST that!
The Road Hogg preamp starts with a Plexi toplogy, but with some very powerful modifications that allow you to choose if you want that classic Plexi midrange, or scoop that out and reveal a cleaner decidedly more Bassman-like tone, and selecting between these modes with a flick of a switch! Read "The Full Story" below for all the details on how I make this happen.
The Road Hogg 50 is the loudest member of the Road Hogg Family of amps (until someone asks to build the Road Hogg 100!). Fixed Biased EL34s into a beefy Mercury Magnetics Plexi style output transformer make for a loud and punchy beast! Classic 50 Watt Plexi output section with all the authority!
Use it for loud cleans or go primal and open it on up and let the power section sing for the majestic experience of a cranked Plexi. There's nothing quite like it!!
Classic Plexi grunt and crunch with plenty of clean volume for your pedal platform. The most clean volume of all the Road Hoggs.
As with every other member of the Road Hogg family, the 22 is ultra dynamic, responding to pick attack and even the most subtle nuance of player and guitar. It also makes a fantastic pedal platform.
The Plexi in it's various forms holds one of the most prominent places in the classic sounds of the rock and blues music we've been hearing for the past 40 years. There are many reasons for that, not the least of which is the fact that it just *works* for so many styles of music. It just sits in the mix on stage (or in the studio) and could cut and project in the days when PA systems were not what they are today. And that classic glorious tone. Ohhhh the tone!
The way the tone stack in that circuit is configured produces the firmer bottom than it's American counterparts and somehow shapes the low and mid frequencies in a way that just cuts through the mix naturally but without painful harshness, producing a truly classic musical tone.
When I designed the Road Hogg I wanted to offer an amp that pro musicians could easily dial up great tones night after night. An amp that would reward them with a special experience whether they choose to use pedals in front, or crank it up and do the primal old school thing. So it makes sense there is Plexi DNA at the core of the Road Hogg design. That voicing just works.
But what about the guy/gal who finds the Plexi to be just a bit too forward and needs a different midrange to allow more variety of tone with a cleaner amp driven by a variety of pedals for various textures. We often see folks like this opt for a different amp, for example a Black or Blonde Bassman or Bandmaster. With the Road Hogg, you can have a taste of both with a flip of a switch...
The Road Hogg's front panel mid control sets the level of our unique midrange filter which cuts a different band of frequencies than the mid control in a typical tone stack. This allows that Plexi-esque midrange to be scooped out in a way that completely changes the character of the amp allowing much more tonal variety than a Plexi can offer. The "Plexi Boost" feature bypasses the front panel mid control revealing the classic Plexi midrange in all it's glory. So you have both available at a flick of a switch...
The Road Hogg uses a Plexi tone stack at it's core, but the Plexi mid control is internally fixed with a trimpot. It is preset to a value that delivers what I feel is the sweet spot of Plexi crunch when cranked. However, it can be tweaked to the taste of the player (note this requires removing the chassis to access the trimpot: CAUTION: Dangerous voltages inside the chassis please have an qualified technicial make any internal adjustments!). The internal fixed Plexi mid setting is in effect when the Plexi Boost is engaged. NOTE: The front panel mid control is bypassed in Plexi Boost mode.
So, no longer do you need to decide between "Plexi" or "something else" or haul both around. Before the Road Hogg, it took two heads. This is definitely NOT a case where "two heads are better than one"! The Road Hogg gets the job done on stage sitting beautifully in the mix, punching through with majestic authority. We've taken this classic topology and extended the capabilities to allow more tonal flexibility and better pedal compatibility than it's original inspiration