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Final Ashdown Peacemaker at NAMM 2002
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First unveiled in concept form at NAMM 2001, Ashdown Engineering's Peacemaker 50 and 100 hand-wired all-tube guitar amplifiers are shipping since winter NAMM 2002. During an intensive development phase in which the opinions of leading players were sought, the Peacemakers have evolved into guitar amplifiers of quite exceptional quality, versatility and tone.
Central to the Peacemakers' 'Modern Classic' design ethos is point-to-point copper wiring with Ministry of defence lacing of all looms. Transformer guru John Page was persuaded out of retirement to design the transformer for high frequency performance, harmonic content and low-end response while an all stainless steel chassis is used to eliminate the effects of magnetic fields on the sound. Six enormous smoothing capacitors ensure a consistent, ripple free delivery of power.
Preamp tubes are the classic five 12AX7 configuration and output tubes are matched sets of EL34s on the 100-watt head and 6550s on the 50. Each output tube is individually fused with independently variable biasing accessible via the rear panel. Using the front panel mounted VU meter set to 'Audio' mode, guitarists can experiment with different tube selections and biasing to create their own, unique tone.
Ashdown Peacemaker 100
Despite a simple, uncomplicated range of front panel controls, the Peacemakers are capable of a large variety of sounds.. In addition to the standard wooden cabinet, the Peacemaker 50 and 100 are also available with optional Birdcage tops (pictured). Peacemaker 4x12" cabinets are available with open and closed backs, and with a range of Celestion and other drivers.
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