Fryette Amplification – Guitar Player magazine awarded the Pittbull Hundred/CL all tube guitar amplifier its prestigious Guitar Player Editor’s Pick Award, proclaiming it to be “ridiculously flexible” and possessing a “Huge range of gorgeous clean and dirty tones.”
With Fryette's exclusive Gain Stacking™ and Dual-Class™ technology, the Fryette Pittbull Hundred/CL guitar amplifier gives players nearly infinite control over EQ and gain structure in a tremendously versatile and powerful 100-watt tube amplifier.
“Don’t be fooled by the tame two-channel appearance. This puppy is a ridiculously flexible, full –featured amp that seems to offer up more cool tones the longer you play with it.” wrote associate editor Matt Blackett in the October 2009 issue of Guitar Player.
The Pittbull Hundred/CL features premium selected Tung-Sol preamp tubes, Mullard premium matched EL34 power tubes, and two multi-faceted channels, providing players with a broad palette of tube driven sound sculpturing capability.
“According to Fryette, “The Hundred/CL is not so much a ‘clean channel/dirty channel’ affair as it is a two-channel ‘do whatever with either’ kind of thing.” And that’s what we did. I plugged into the Green channel and set it for clean, i.e. Gain low, Volume high, and the Normal/Hi Gain switch set to Normal. That created a pristine, bellacious sparkle that was alive with harmonics.” wrote Blackett. “I dialed in some more Gain and got a delicious semi-dirty tone that was completely touch sensitive.”
In addition to dedicated gain, tone and volume controls for each channel (The amp's master volume controls the overall output) there is a six-band graphic EQ – 100 Hz, 250 Hz, 630 Hz, 1.2 KHz, 2.3 KHz, and 5 KHz - with each slider providing 12 dB of cut and boost. The EQ can be activated by a rear panel pushbutton or by the included foot controller, in which case the EQ is assignable.
“Engaging the graphic EQ provided even more possibilities, as did hitting the Edge button-a frequency-dependent gain boost. Every sound was a winner…” Blackett stated.
The Hundred/CLs unique Gain Stacking feature allows you to pre-select the number of gain stages utilized in a selected channel to achieve the desired amount and type of gain. This is one of the reasons why Fryette high gain channels produce as much or more gain than other designs with a lot less noise, hum and microphonics. “The Hundred/CL blasts out an incredibly loud 100 watts, but it’s very quiet.” says Blackett. On PITTBULL series amplifiers this feature is activated by the HI GAIN switch on the front panel.
“Switching from Normal to Hi Gain poured on the sustain and harmonics, but I could still get a glassy clean tone by rolling the guitar’s volume back a hair. Yeah!” Blackett exclaimed.
Dual-Class™ mode is an exclusive design feature that determines power tube operation: In Class AB all 4 power tubes operate in Class AB Mode. In Dual-Class™ Mode the 2 outside power tubes are Cathode Biased while the inside 2 remain in Class AB. This produces a fatter midrange and smoother top and bottom end response while minimizing heat and maintaining better overall tube life expectancy than normally obtainable with all four tubes Cathode Biased.
“It does a lot more than what’s detailed here, but who cares? It does the most important thing and the only thing that really matters: It sounds amazing no matter how you set the controls. Can’t ask for more than that. Well Done.” concludes Blackett.
Starting with the Ultimate Speaker Demo, an ever-increasing number of the GearTunes audio clips are being tracked using the Radial JCR Reamp. The Reamp was invented by my good friend and colleague John Cuniberti who engineered/co-produced many of Joe Satriani's most infamous recordings.
For GearTunes, reamping allows me to record a track where the guitar "hears" the amp in the room, but initially only the guitar or guitar and effects signal is recorded. This allows me to spend additional time perfecting amp tones and mic placement once I have the performance I'm looking for. One of the byproducts of this process is the creation of GearTunes DI Clips which enable you to play select guitars and effects through your amp by using your mobile device or computer as a reamp device.
For GearTunes DI Clips - and Gear Tune DI Clips ONLY (always found under the DI clips tab for gear that has one), you can play our guitar and effects through your amp. Simply use an unbalanced cable that terminates with an 1/8th inch jack on one end and a 1/4 inch jack on the other. Connect the 1/8th jack to the output of your mobile device or computer and the 1/4 inch jack into the front of your amp. Start off with your amp volume at zero and your mobile device (or computer) volume all the way up to ensure you hit the front end of the amp with enough signal, and then gradually increase the volume of the clean channel on your amp until you reach a level that is not capable of causing damage to your ears or equipment. GearTunes accepts no liability for the use, abuse or misuse of these clips, and playing them into your amp is done exclusively at your own risk.
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