NAD : Swart STR Tremelo

Lef T

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I wanted a nice amp for home playing.
After a lot of contemplation I chose the Swart in the Traditional styling.
I think it,s referred to as the Tuxedo.
I also got the Night Liight Jr. to go with it.
Just before I ordered I called Swart and Mike the owner answered the phone.
We had a brief chat and he was super nice.
I ordered from Humbucker on Monday morning and received it today at noon.
It came double boxed with lots of padding between boxes.
Fired up the amp and started grinning immediately.
I play a Tele with Twisted Tele neck and Broadcaster bridge.
I like to play clean and have a sweet edge of breakup when I want it.
This amp delivers.
I briefly tried the NL Junior briefly and it does change the sound slightly.
For me it,s totally useable as I don,t need a lot of attenuation.
You really don't need to crank this amp up to overly loud levels to get it to start breaking up.
The build on this amp is excellent and more.
It sounds superb and is hand built in the USA.
I only have one pedal,an Adineko for some delay.
I can,t see needing anything else.
The reverb and Tremelo on the Swart are really good.
The amp is quiet.
I,m all in.
 

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Congrats. Here's mine at a little lakeside gig.
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Congrats! I've had my AST MkII Master combo for about a month now. Wait until you break that speaker in, it just gets sweeter. I had no luck with the NL however, it's no better than the Weber Mini-Mass I already own, and actually... not even as good. It's a simple device, but not one of the better attenuators. I have discovered with the Swart I prefer running pedals for breakup (rather than turning the amp up and using the MV or an attenuator).
 

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Congrats on the new amp!

I honestly have had my AST master combo for long enough that I can't remember not having it.(And dont think i could deal without it) Haha.
Any Swart is a heck of an amp regardless of if you run new glass or nos.
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I wanted a nice amp for home playing.
After a lot of contemplation I chose the Swart in the Traditional styling.
I think it,s referred to as the Tuxedo.
I also got the Night Liight Jr. to go with it.
Just before I ordered I called Swart and Mike the owner answered the phone.
We had a brief chat and he was super nice.
I ordered from Humbucker on Monday morning and received it today at noon.
It came double boxed with lots of padding between boxes.
Fired up the amp and started grinning immediately.
I play a Tele with Twisted Tele neck and Broadcaster bridge.
I like to play clean and have a sweet edge of breakup when I want it.
This amp delivers.
I briefly tried the NL Junior briefly and it does change the sound slightly.
For me it,s totally useable as I don,t need a lot of attenuation.
You really don't need to crank this amp up to overly loud levels to get it to start breaking up.
The build on this amp is excellent and more.
It sounds superb and is hand built in the USA.
I only have one pedal,an Adineko for some delay.
I can,t see needing anything else.
The reverb and Tremelo on the Swart are really good.
The amp is quiet.
I,m all in.
Let's see a pic!
 

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Woe! Oh my! Holy heck!

What is that orange guitar?!

And what are those little bottles on the left side of that speaker? Looks like those hippy oils that people smell
The guitar is a Waterslide. Tele with a Strat body loaded with Fralin Blues. Great guitar.
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One of those oils is for mosquitoes and the other is peppermint oil that I put on the back of my neck when it’s hot. It really cools you off. Crucial for summer outdoor gigs.
 
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The guitar is a Waterslide. Tele with a Strat body loaded with Fralin Blues. Great guitar.
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One of those oils is for mosquitoes and the other is peppermint oil that I put on the back of my neck when it’s hot. It really cools you off. Crucial for summer outdoor gigs.
Is the amp being backwards like a Roy Buchanan thing? Where you turn it backwards with the volume all the way up?
 

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Yeah, even with a 5w amp I have trouble cranking the way I want without volume complaints. Turn around, crank it up and slap a mic on it. Works like a charm.
Having never used a nite light, I'm guessing that there probably is a tone loss kind of like with my master volume . The turn around is a classic way that works(I used to do it all the time with my 5e3 to get rid of the edgy frequencies blasting the audience)
 

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Op checking in.
At the moment have my girlfriends crappy little tablet
And am having trouble just trying to post.
I’ve had the STR for a few days now and am over the moon
With the amp.
I now know why he uses the word “Space” a lot.
A touch of reverb and Tremelo give you a beautiful,
Spacious sound.
I only play my own compositions but have moments on this amp where it makes me conjure up sounds of Pat Metheny or
Steve Cropper or Duke Levine and on and on.
The edge of breakup on this amp is so sweet.
I got the Night Light Jr and it does change the sound,but it works and I will keep it.
I love this amp and two thoughts come to mind.
Buy once,cry once.
You get what you pay for.
I’m using an Adineko delay for a nice,warm,subtle delay.
Using that with the amps reverb and Trem,gives me all I need.
 
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