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Old February 14th, 2013, 05:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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NAD: Swart AST Master 112 is in the house!

Picked it up today. Having it sit in the store for the last month and a half while I paid it down was good: anticipation.

This one has the Celestion G12 Gold in it. Night and day to the G12H30. I replaced the stock JJ 6V6s with Tung Sol and replaced the GZ34 with a 5Y3 to accomodate the lower wattage Tung Sol tubes. Sweet, warm, lush break up.



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Old February 14th, 2013, 05:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old February 14th, 2013, 10:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Awesome! Congrats. Good looking hot rod tele as well. Bet those sound killer together.
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Awesome! Congrats. Good looking hot rod tele as well. Bet those sound killer together.
Kind of like they were made for each other! Mind you, a Strat and a LP also sound amzing through it.
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Old February 14th, 2013, 11:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Nice! Looks hauntingly familiar...

When did you get that sweet hot rod tele? Enjoy! I dig it.
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Old February 15th, 2013, 08:05 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Nice! Looks hauntingly familiar...

When did you get that sweet hot rod tele? Enjoy! I dig it.
Hautingly...yes, it is quite similar, though amazing the difference with the Gold in it. I bought the Hot Rod in December of 2011. Love it. It's my favorite electric. The neck is amazing, and the mini-humbucker just does it for me. It's heavy, about the same weight as a beefy Les Paul.

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Old February 15th, 2013, 08:44 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Old February 15th, 2013, 08:48 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I do love the way swart make amps, I tried a space tone tweed it was great but not quite right for me. I'd like to try one of those when I have some more spending money.
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Old February 15th, 2013, 08:55 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I do love the way swart make amps, I tried a space tone tweed it was great but not quite right for me. I'd like to try one of those when I have some more spending money.
The Master circuit, and definitley the size of the cab are what make this amp. If it was in a smaller cab it wouldn't sound as good. I compared it to a Swart STR Tremelo, and the cab made a noticeable difference.
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Old February 15th, 2013, 11:17 AM   #10 (permalink)
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The Master circuit, and definitley the size of the cab are what make this amp. If it was in a smaller cab it wouldn't sound as good. I compared it to a Swart STR Tremelo, and the cab made a noticeable difference.
I found the cab/speaker combo in the tweed kept the tone boxier than I'd like and a little lacking in bass, I must make the trip down to stevenage to try a few more of these amps.
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Old February 15th, 2013, 11:22 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I found the cab/speaker combo in the tweed kept the tone boxier than I'd like and a little lacking in bass, I must make the trip down to stevenage to try a few more of these amps.
There's certainly nothing boxy sounding about the AST Master 112. The cab is quite large, bigger than a Mesa/Boogie Lonestar Special, but weighing in at only 40 pounds. A friend of mine described it as sounding like an old, well worn in amp, and I would agree. The 1" thick solid pine construction does a lot for the tone too.

My only real beef with it is that the master control is not foot switchable, which could be an issue for a gigging musician, of which I am not, so it's not that big of a deal for me. I sent Michael and email asking about that. I'm interested to know how difficult it would be to retrofit it with that feature, which would also require a three button foot switch, as oppossed to the two button box that it comes with (for reverb and trem).
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There's certainly nothing boxy sounding about the AST Master 112. The cab is quite large, bigger than a Mesa/Boogie Lonestar Special, but weighing in at only 40 pounds. A friend of mine described it as sounding like an old, well worn in amp, and I would agree. The 1" thick solid pine construction does a lot for the tone too.
Man I'd love to hear that amp
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Old February 15th, 2013, 11:29 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Man I'd love to hear that amp
Well, we're practically neighbours so you are most definitely welcome to come by and check it out! I believe you know Geoff, am I right? He was over when I had the first one. We should arrange a rendevous.
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Great looking rig, congrats.
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Great looking rig, congrats.
We're pleased. Thanks. I should have been more patient the first time around. Live and learn. Fortunately, it didn't end up costing me anything, though it could have been an expensive lesson.
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Well, we're practically neighbours so you are most definitely welcome to come by and check it out! I believe you know Geoff, am I right? He was over when I had the first one. We should arrange a rendevous.
That sounds like a plan....I only know of Geoff through here but I think it would be great to set something up. I'm 45 min north of TO but I pop down to the 12th fret quite often on weekends
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That sounds like a plan....I only know of Geoff through here but I think it would be great to set something up. I'm 45 min north of TO but I pop down to the 12th fret quite often on weekends
I'm a ten minute walk from the 12th Fret. I'm out if town this weekend but around next weekend so feel free to drop me a note iif you're in the area.
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Old February 16th, 2013, 04:33 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Hubba hubba, that's a good looking, and I wager, sounding rig!
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Old February 16th, 2013, 04:58 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Hubba hubba, that's a good looking, and I wager, sounding rig!
Hey TS, yes, it truely does sound incredible, whether in clean or master mode. I've yet to try my Strat with it yet, but I'm betting it's going to be just as amazing. What a differnce a different speaker can make.
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