Rift Amplification PR18 Blackface Circuit 1x12 Valve Combo

With Built-In Reverb & Tremolo

Written by

Cian Hodge

The PR18 is a 1960's California style valve combo from Rift Amplification. This is the ultimate amp for valve purists who value natural overdrive and vintage reverb and tremolos. Break out the sunglasses and hair wax.

The Captain Meets Rift Amps Maker Chris Fantana

Rift Amps are hand built one at a time in the heart of England. If you would like your amp in a particular colour or with a different speaker, please contact us & we’ll get in touch with Rift to see if your request is possible.

Blackface, Brownface & Tweed Circuits

Leo Fender first popularised blackface and tweed circuits in the 1950's. The former has a chimey, full frequency range that won't overdrive until higher volumes, while the latter is more unforgiving and percussive. Brownface bridges the gap between the two. This adds more midrange punch and reigns in highs. Renowned for making gorgeous tremolos.   

Speaker & Cabinet

The PR18's 18w of power is best suited to studio work. The Warehouse G12C 1x12 speaker projects plenty of crispy drive out of the PR18's light Solid Welsh Pine enclosure. Emitting dynamic lows and loads of mid-range punch, this speaker has an articulate top-end that accurately captures the classic Cali sound.

Pine cabinets offer excellent circuitry protection. It provides an airy tone, exacerbated by the PR18's open-back design. You can mic up the cabinet from the rear to attain a more three-dimensional sound.

About Rift Amplification

Based in Brackley, England, Rift Amplification is a boutique brand that specialise in vintage-style amplifiers. Hand-wired and built with the utmost attention-to-detail, Rift faithfully recreates some of the world's most desired traditional amps from the '50 and '60s.

Originally modifying Fender amp circuits, the company now produce their tweaked designs under their own moniker. While retaining the classic styling that you know and love, Rift's time-honoured offerings have the trusted reliability you'd expect from modern valve amplifiers, and can serve as perfect workhorses for live performances or session work.


  • Choice of Preamp (Blackface, Brownface, Tweed)
  • Preamp valves: 1 x 12AT7, 2 x 12AX7, 1 x 7025
  • Poweramp valves: 2 x 6V6GT
  • Valve Rectifier: 1 x GZ34
  • Reverb and Bias Tremolo
  • Custom Wound Transformers
  • Jupiter Vintage Yellow Tone Capacitors
  • Handwired circuitry
  • High quality valve sockets, no rattling like the NOS ones
  • WGS G12C Speaker
  • Footswitch for Reverb + Tremolo
  • 16.5" x 20" x 9.5"
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