Retro Cage Head
Hot Box Wild Cat 50
Model No. HBX-WC50/100
We designed this one for the guys that like it clean...and hot, loud, and crazy....and "Wild Cat" does not begin to describe the tones this amp will produce!
Price: MSRP................. $
Retro Cage Head.................... $895.00
Classic Head Cab................... $995.00
The FRENZEL HBX - WC50 "Hot Box Wild Cat " design was "INSPIRED" by the classic Matchless Hot Box and AC30 and its later version the Hot Cat 30. The preamps are modeled after the classic Hot Box and the output stage after the Hot Cat 30....but the amp has a lot more features that make it really unique. The amp has two channels...Clean and Boost... with separate preamps, gain controls, tone stacks, and master level controls. This allows you to select either channel with an AB footswitch....and to finish things off we added a custom Presence control with an NNFB switch to contour the sound. We also increased the power to 50 watts with an upgrade option of 100 watts. This amp is truly a "wild cat" and will drive you crazy with all the tonal variations possible...some which you have never heard before!
Input Jacks isolated from chassis for low noise, eddy currents, and hum.
DC on preamp and driver filaments for low noise and hum.
Star ground system to reduce induced current chassis noise.
Dual Channels - Hi - Lo Jacks for Clean and Boost inputs with separate Gain controls, tone stacks, and Masters for the unique smooth warm clean tones or the great overdrive crunch boost tones....or you can use an AB-Y switch and create your own distinct tones.
Clean and Boost channels voiced like vintage Hot Box and Hot Cat preamps.
Classic 60's vintage style 3-BAND TONE STACKS for extended flexibility in shaping your tone....plus Bright capacitor on Gain Controls for extra sparkle!
MASTER level controls so you can crank the GAIN's up and overdrive the preamps and drivers without overdriving the output tubes.
Classic vintage style Presence control .
Unique NNFB "Edge" switch on the PRESENCE control that transforms the power amp section into a No-Negative-FeedBack style amp for more open, less compressed tones.
Effects Loop - pure tube buffered serial effects loop designed to perfectly match the low impedance solid-state pedal levels with high impedance tube levels.
Class AB fixed bias EL34's for the purest reproduction of sound possible.
EL34/6L6 Bias Selector Switch - Allows you to use either 6L6 or EL34 power output tubes.
Power Output - 50 watts (100 watt upgrade available. See Upgrades Options.)
Power Level Switch - provides three power levels. 1/4 - 1/2 - FULL
Line Out - post output transformer LINE OUT with LINE OUT LEVEL control for recording or driving a power amp, Auto switched internal load to simulate speaker if speaker is not plugged in. Inject great tone directly into the PA system with the Microphone Simulated Direct Interface.
Speaker Impedance Selector 4 - 8 - 16 ohms
Dual Rectifier Mode Switch - Switch allows you to select 5AR4/GZ34 rectifier for classic Fender sag.or Solid-State rectifiers for Marshall tight no sag tones.
Standard IEC plug-in three prong grounded power cord.
POWER - STANDBY switch to turn off the high voltage during warm-up to protect the tubes.
Rock solid point-to-point hand wiring using only the best of parts...low noise tubular polypropylenes caps, metal film resistors, high voltage Micalex sockets, premium Neutrik jacks...etc.
Sweet vintage clean to classic overdrive tones with three different types of distortion depending on whether you are overdriving the preamp, output... or both!
RETRO VINTAGE CAGE - heavy duty steel mesh cage provides protection and excellent ventilation for tubes. Includes Fender style strap handle with nickel plated end caps
Dimensions: :17"W x 12"D x 10"H
Weight: 25 lbs.
Tube complement: 4 - 12AX7, 2 - EL34, 1 - 5AR4
- CLEAN INPUT
- CLEAN GAIN
- BOOST INPUT
- BOOST GAIN
- PRESENCE with NNFB PULL SWITCH
- PILOT LIGHT
- POWER SWITCH
- POWER CORD
- POWER PRIMARY FUSE
- 6L6/EL34 BIAS SELECTOR SWITCH
- TUBE/SS RECTIFIER MODE SWITCH
- EFFECTS LOOP SEND
- EFFECTS LOOP RETURN
- POWER LEVEL SWITCH
- LINE OUT LEVEL CONTROL
- LINE OUT JACK
- SPEAKER JACK
- SPEAKER IMPEDANCE SWITCH 4 - 8 - 16 OHM
CHASSIS VIEW FRONT PANEL:
These options allow you to customize your amp to meet your special individual requirements.
1. EF86 PREAMP - replaces 12AX7 in the CLEAN preamp with an EF86 for those vintage VOX tones. Add $50.00
2. QUAD OF EL34'S - Replaces pair of EL34's with a quad of EL34's for 100 watts of power. Add $200.00
3. 100 - 240 VOLT POWER TRANSFORMER - for operation outside the USA. Please specify line voltage. Add $55.00
4. EDGE FOOTSWITCH - adds jack to rear panel for footswitch control on the NNFB EDGE switch. Includes classic heavy duty footswitch with LED. Add $60.00
5. EFFECTS LOOP FOOTSWITCH - adds jack to rear panel for footswitch control of the EFFECTS LOOP bypass switch. Includes classic heavy duty footswitch with LED. Add $60.00
REVIEWS, VIDEOS, CLIPS: Please check YouTube, Google, Ebay and the Guitar Forums like the Gear Page, Telecaster and Harmony Central for online reviews, sound clips and videos, Some of our customer email reviews are shown below. For more reviews please check out the Super Deluxe page and the Customers Reviews page.
Check out Mark Rogers on his HBX-WC50
Jim - I got my new WC50 a few days ago. Just wanted to let you know that everytime I turn this amp on, I am surprised. Depending on the pre/master setting, on the CLEAN inputs, I can go from bell-like clarity to a thick crunch overdrive with tons of attack and sustain. The variety of sounds from the CLEAN input alone is worth the price. I am literally blown away by the BOOST inputs. I can't believe the sustain and raw power of this channel. With the pre and master set to less than 1/3 of the knobs travel, the amp starts breathing fire. Most amps loose attack when the preamp volume is increased to higher distortion levels but this amp has the attack of a sledge hammer at all levels with amazing tone and sustain. I own many amps and have played most of the "big name" amps; I have not heard an amp yet that can stand toe to toe with the amp, at any price. I love this amp, thanks. Jimmy W.
SOUND CLIPS - Use this link for a selection of sound clips from Jimmy Wooten on the HB-WC50.
Jim - Received amp head in March 2007. Killer. The best. Get this one. 30 watts of sheer tone. Two channels that can do any style of music. I hooked up an ABY footswitch to it to go between channels or to use both. It screams in any language. I will be dumping some of my other amps because this is the one. It also works perfectly with my powered reverb unit (and other effects) in the effects loop circuit. This is the model with the two EL34's in it. Can't say enough about his amp. You have to get one and try it yourself. Gary J.
Dear Jim, I’m back from California and could finally try the amp. The amp sounds fantastic...all the power amp options are great. The best sounds to me are both channels in parallel one dirty and one with a little bit of breakup.Thank you again for your help! I’m really glad about the amp and your excellent service. Every day I get more used to the amp. I have some expensive amps (Matchless, Chieftain, 70th Marshall with custom mod from Larry Amps) - but your amp sounds better – period! Stephan U. (Germany).
For more reviews please check our Customers Reviews page.
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