Nolatone Road Hogg 22 Amp Head  From Nolatone

Big classic Plexi tones in a compact and user-friendly format.

Nolatone Ampworks

$1,650.00

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What We Think

My ears played a trick on me. I've heard my co-worker Eddie rippin' it up on this amp when showing it to many of our walk-in customers at the SoundPure boutique in Durham, NC. I thought I was hearing a British-style amp with 2 or even 4x12 configuration under it. Paul works some serious magic to makes his amps sound freakin huge! From the Rotten Johnny to this Road Hogg, you can get an awful lot of amazing tone without super high wattage or big rigs. I just jumped behind the wheel with a Duesenberg 49er solid LP-style guitar and discovered that when in front of this amp, as opposed to hearing from another room like I was before, presents a tonal pellet I've definitely been craving! Spongy and crunchy overdrive and a boost channel that growls like no other! Very nice overtones on trailing chords and a fullness you wouldn't expect from a pair of 6V6's through a 1x12 cab. I'm glad to see Warehouse Guitar Speakers in these amps! Very nice speakers! 

 

Manufacturer's Description from Nolatone

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. Read "The Full Story" below for all the details on how I make this happen.

The Road Hogg 22 offers the great versatility of the Road Hogg preamp in a 22 watt output section via a pair of fixed biased 6V6s. This is a potent 22 watts though thanks to the beefy Mercury Magnetics Radio Spares output transformer and ample 420vdc B+ which combine to deliver excellent headroom from a 22 watt amp. The Road Hogg 22 enhances the vision I was seeking to clarify with the great 22 Tango. 22 Tango lovers will also love the Road Hogg 22. 

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.

NOTE: The Road Hogg is NOT a Plexi clone!

It starts with the basis of the venerable Plexi circuit and builds on it to offer so much more. 

Nolatone Ampworks

About Manufacturer

At Nolatone Ampworks we hand build our amplifiers one at a time using ultimate care and attention to detail to create an instrument that will last a lifetime and deliver tone and feel that will allow you to express yourself in ways you may never have thought possible!

We do this by using only the highest quality parts, well thought out circuit layouts, and impeccable build quality.

Some highlights of the quality you receive with a Nolatone Amplifier:

Custom wound Mercury Magnetics transformers

Custom layouts using point-to-point or turret board depending on design.

Circuit construction performed by U.S. Military trained soldering tech.

1 Watt Carbon Film resistors in the audio path

Circuit components chose for best tone and reliability

High Quality German made F&T or Sprague Atom Filter Caps in the power supply

Critical tube positions cushion mounted to for minimized vibration, reducing microphonics and tube reliability issues over time (applies to models 15 watts and above)

10 amp Carling switches. Can you say "Ka-CHUNK"?! (applies to our higher power models)

Switchcraft Jacks

All these things make a difference, and together make a HUGE difference!

Rather than regurgitating the traditional chassis/circuit layouts from popular amps of yesteryear, we put a lot of though into how these layouts can be improved:

We locate our transformers on opposite ends of the chassis for more direct access to lead connections, in addition creating better balance when carrying the amp. Signal leads and high voltage leads are very well isolated from each other. This minimizes noise and maximizes stability.

We design our chassis using CAD software to optimize circuit layout.

Some Notes on Soldering

This one is often overlooked, but we believe very important for long term reliability. Looking inside many an amp, vintage to the absolute top ranked boutique offerings of today all too often "blobby" solder joints can be seen.

Using too much solder can conceal potential problems with the joint. It's possible that years down the road, a contamination in a solder joint, or a cold solder joint will cause a problem, and this type of problem is notoriously difficult to track down, and that translates to EXPENSIVE to fix!

The US Navy Aviation community, where Paul was trained to solder, has strict requirements for soldering as the equipment is subjected to extreme conditions including vibration, high g-forces, salt water, etc. These requirements dictate that a proper solder joint should have enough but not too much solder. A lead should be visible on the turret with a concave flow of solder bonding it to the surface of the turret/pin/etc. This type of solder joint is far less likely to cause problems after leaving the builders bench.

Specifications

Power Output: 22 Watts

Output Tubes: 2 - 6V6 (Fixed Bias)

Preamp Tubes: 1 - ECC832, 2 - 12AX7

Rectifier: Solid State Plug-in (GZ-34 user installable)

Controls: Bright Blend, Volume, Mid, Bass, Treble, Master Volume

Panel Switches: Bright/Normal, Fat Boost, Plexi Boost