The Studio-One guitar amplifier has been developed by Nigel Knight of Knight Audio Technologies (KAT) to fulfil the needs of guitar players who want to emulate the distinctive tones achieved by Brian May from his Vox AC30 amplifiers in a domestic environment or small venue. The short video below covers unboxing and a look inside and outside these amplifiers plus a brief demonstration of the clean and overdriven tones through my full KAT Brian May rig.
Weighing in at 6 kg and measuring just 385 mm wide x 170 mm depth x 290 mm high, the KAT Studio-One amplifiers are named after their 1W RMS power output. The hand assembled units feature 1 x ECC82 and 2 x ECC83 vacuum tubes (valves) and have been carefully designed to exhibit the nuances of Brian May’s Vox AC30 amplifiers at more controllable levels. In Brian May mode, they are still loud enough to be used for small venue concerts but there is an integral six position attenuator that allows the full BM dynamic to be attained at low volume levels. The tone control provides a wide range of control of the upper frequencies rather than a typical cut only function generally found on these types of amplifier. The cabinet is built out of Baltic plywood and is fitted with two 6.5 inch twin-cone speakers to give extended low frequency response.
To buy these amplifiers, please visit Nigel’s website, https://deacyamp.com/products/kat-studio-one-amplifier
They cost £750 inclusive of 20% U.K. sales tax (VAT) at the time of writing in September 2022. They can be configured to run on either 110 – 120 VAC or 220 – 240 VAC (50/60 Hz)
Return to the Musical Equipment section home page: