Founded in 1998 by boutique amplifier craftsman Steve Carr, the Pittsboro, North Carolina company has always had an affinity with the classic amp tones of earlier days. His desire to not only capture the clarity and cleanliness of the era but also afford it the headroom it deserves, has earned him praise across the industry. Guitar Player said the Rambler’s ”layout and wiring are absolutely flawless.” While Russel Calso in JazzTimes noted the “top-notch craftsmanship, hand wired electronics and thoughtful, well-researched design.”
The Rambler combo is a perfect example of the fantastically executed homage to the rich and crisp tones of yesteryear while still maintaining a versatility that stretches easily into today’s tonal demands.
From Carr amplifiers –
“Long before the birth of Carr Amplifiers, I spent years playing, repairing, modifying and intently listening to classic guitar amps. The Rambler was one of my earliest signature designs, and today it is still one of our most popular models. Why? It’s no accident that the Rambler succeeds in delivering classic American ‘deluxe’ tone with dramatically expanded clean headroom, solid bass response and the option of 28 watt pentode or 14 watt triode operation. The Rambler simply reflects my desire to improve and refine the original concept of an appropriately powered 1×12 club amp with reverb and tremolo. Rambler owners describe their amps as being warm, full and round, with a surprisingly high threshold of clean tone, (which also makes the Rambler uniquely suited to virtually any overdrive pedal ever built). The Rambler is considered by many to be the quintessential club amp, voiced to meet the needs of virtually any player, and all types of music.”
Power: 28 watts (pentode)/14 watts (triode)
Tubes: 3 12AX7, 1 12AT7, 2 6L6GC
Controls: Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Reverb, Tremolo Depth, Tremolo Speed
Speaker: 12″ Red Coat “The Wizard” by Eminence
There is a standard socket for the tremolo on/off but no footswitch is included in this sale.
Founder Steve Carr said of the company: “We try to figure out the great things about forties, fifties, and sixties amps and throw in some new twists. But our amps don’t have a whole lot of knobs or switches. They’re super-useful but very simple.”
This amp is in superb, as new condition. Not a mark or blemish to be seen anywhere. The white tape mark on the back in a couple of our photos has been cleaned off.
This one was purchased new from a Sydney retailer in 2009. It has had its transformer changed to 240v by Sydney amp guru Martin Kell, who has also serviced it over the past ten years. No other mods or changes.
It has been used since new in a home studio environment, and looked after very well by a meticulous owner. But it is such a versatile and great sounding amp – it really deserves to heard out in the wild !
Big tones from a small package – loud & clean with pristine clarity in the Pentode setting. Or tough and tweedy in the Triode setting. And pure sweet tone at any volume level.
Straight up – this is one of the best sounding amps we have ever listed at PREMIER GUITARS.
Notable players include –
Joe Perry, John Fogerty, Nils Lofgren, Billy Gibbons, Vince Gill, Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jorma Kaukonen Canned Heat & Jefferson Airplane, Keith Richards, Eric Johnson, Mitch Easter, Eric Clapton, Neko Case, Kaki King, Morgan Geer, Coco Montoya, Bill Frisell, Charlie Hunter, Paul Simon, Joe Walsh, Jeff Tweedy & Nels Cline of Wilco.
Demo here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0Txqor6Hbs