The Rift Amplification Wheelhouse is a modern southern rock powerhouse! With a single-channel design, this no-nonsense, 6L6-driven combo amplifier is designed to capture the "Nashville sound" established by country stars like Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. Perfect for subtly-compressed clean sounds, the Rift Amps Wheelhouse can easily project harmonically-rich overdriven tones when pushed at high volumes too.
Apart from its simple interface and spellbinding sounds, the Wheelhouse also boasts an onboard valve-driven spring reverb circuit. Perfect for embellishing your tones with vintage-style ambient trails, the Wheelhouse's reverb circuit is good enough to be always on! And with 'Dwell' and 'Level' controls, you can tweak the reverb to suit your specific tastes.
But if you want to use your own pedals, the Wheelhouse's buffered effects loop lets you seamlessly run your modulation and time-based stompboxes between the its preamp and power amp sections.
About Rift Amps
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.
Here's what Rift Amplification says about The Wheelhouse:
Continuing their releases of inspired-by-yet original designs, Rift Amplification announces a brand new 40-watt valve amplifier, offering Modern-Nashville, Americana, and even Southern Rock tones.
Rift Amplification’s owner, Chris Fantana - “After the successful release of the Hawker, I became fascinated by the guitar tones coming out of Nashville by players such as Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, and Zac Brown Band’s Clay Cook. I had, perhaps naively, assumed that the classic Country guitar sound was a Telecaster plugged into a Tweed amplifier. These players proved me wrong in such a big way. Those guys are paying anything BUT a tweed amp, so a deep-dive down that rabbit hole resulted in my latest original design, the Wheelhouse. In similar fashion to how the Hawker captures classic British valve tones, I wanted to do the same for the sounds coming out of the studios, sessions, and live shows of Nashville.”
Plug in a Stratocaster or Telecaster for big, rich, cleans that turn into thick, complex overdriven sounds when the volume in turned up. Fancy some chickin’ pickin’? The Wheelhouse offers a natural-yet-subtle compression that augments rather than subtracts. It’ll take PAFs too, allowing the nuanced detail of those pickups to shine through. Onboard two-knob spring reverb comes as standard along with a buffered-series FX loop.
- A 40-watt single-channel, 6L6-driven amplifier.
- Onboard valve-driven spring-reverb circuit with Dwell and Level controls.
- Available as a 1x12” combo.
- Loaded with a WGS G12C/S Ceramic speaker.
- Hand-wired eyelet board construction assembled in Brackley, UK utilising custom-wound transformers and hand-selected, premium components.