Please pardon the current state of our site. It was initially created in the beginning to meet an immediate need after shipping the first 22 Tango to a dealer and suddenly we started getting orders. Everything happened before we even imagined becoming an amp company! Ever since then we've been busy building amps and developing some of the most unique and rewarding designs on the market today. We're finally getting around to building a website that doesn't look like it was created in a halfway house so your visit to www.nolatone.com will be a rewarding as plugging into our amps. Stay tuned for our new look!
--------- 10/19/2013 ----------
Introducing "Wicked Johnny"
Wicked Garden overdrive channel paired with a Rotten Johnny output section! Fantastic tonal range, offering sparkly cleans all the way to screaming Silver Jubilee sustain, all in a 12 Watt, 28lb package starting at $1499 for the 1x12 Combo. Stay tuned, new head box coming soon!
Some quick clips give you an idea what this little beast is about!:
--------- 04/21/2013 ----------
Check out the latest on the June Bug 2 on the revised product page including tips on how to dial up this little beast.
Finally I have the product pages for the new Road Hogg, Road Hogg Lite, and Wicked Garden up for your viewing pleasure. Check out the pages which have an in-depth writeup of what these offer and what I had in mind when I was developing them. You can go straight there using the links below:
We are proud to announce the next generation Junebug, the Junebug 2. This updated version incorporates great features from the Road Hogg and Wicked Garden and adds an optional "mid scoop" control that opens the Junebug 2 up to an entirely new dimension of tonal options. This option is the best $50 you'll ever spend!
It's been a while since I've updated this site, my apologies to those who have been wondering. We are still alive and well and here for the long haul. At some point in the future we will have an update for the website, but lately I've been putting my efforts into continuing to build the best quality amps available plus working on some new offerings, which I want to update you all on.
Below is an update on the new Road Hogg, Road Hogg Lite, and Wicked Garden models...
Nolatone Road Hogg and Road Hogg Lite
I've had a dual product development going for a while now. The Road Hogg is the parent model, but I knew once I got the preamp locked in I was going to offer in as the "Road Hogg Lite" as well. Both are now shipping.
A professional production video demo of the Road Hogg 22 is forthcoming. It was shot at SoundPure Studio in Durham, NC and should be excellent. It is still in editing.
The Road Hogg was designed to for the stage and those who perform on that stage night after night. It represents many lessons I've learned working with working musicians, listening to their concerns, and learning what is important to them.
Simplicity is a big factor for the musician who is on the road playing every night and the Road Hogg delivers on this while avoiding being a "one trick pony". It's easy to dial up and not at all "tweaky". Subtle changes can be achieved by moving the controls allowing easy dial up of the amp for any venue without reinventing the sound reinforcement formula every night.
It works great with humbuckers and single coils/P90s alike. It was designed to offer the clean headroom needed to be the foundation for a variety of music styles, and to take pedals exceptionally well allowing the player to shape his/her tonal palette to their needs, interacting beautifully with the subtle nuances of whatever pedals, guitars, and pickups in front of it.
At the same time, the Road Hogg is ultra dynamic and touch sensitive as well to inspire the ultimate in musical expression. This combination of functional, simple but flexible, and inspiring will make you love your job that much more.
How is the Road Hogg trick different from all the others? To start with, it uses a special configuration of a 12dw7 for the input tube that emulates the wonderful but tempermental ef86 without the microphonics and reliability issues. This makes this amp an excellent pedal platform and contributes to the amp's enhanced dynamics and touch sensitivity. This special input stage feeds a Plexi style cathode follower driven tone stack which delivers the punch and energy that have made the Plexi one of the coveted mainstay amps on live stages for over 40 years. I wanted more tonal flexibility than that circuit offers though so I modified it to use the mid control we use in the Rotten Johnny.
Imagine a Plexi, but with a mid control that scoops mids in such a way that you can get tight bottomed Fender and Vox-like sounds too. That's what this does. And a flip of a switch or a stomp of a button and we bypass our mid control and you have Marshall Plexi tone stack with cranked mid. Works great as a boost or another voice.
Also, the bypass boost on the first stage works great and is also foot-switchable, so you get two footswitchable options for variety and flexibility in live performance without compromising the simplicity of the amp.
In the Road Hogg, this all feeds a fixed bias output section. The 22 Watt version uses 6V6s, 45 Watt uses KT66s, all driving into a Mercury Magnetics Radio Spares OT. The Radiospares OT with 6V6s makes for a LOUDer than expected 22 watter, just like our 22 Tango.
The Road Hogg combos use our large pine TV front cabinets. The 22 Watt Combo starts at $1999, and the 45 watt starts at $2199.
We now also have a new TV front head box for this line and a 2x12 pine cabinet for the TV front line is available as well as a combo or extension.
Head pricing is $1899 for the 22 watt, and $2099 for the 45 watt.
Here's the Road Hogg Head and 1x12 extension cabinet:
The Road Hogg Lite uses the same preamp, but drives a cathode biased pair of EL34s that push a smaller output transformer. This results in much less weight and lower overall volume you would expect from EL34s. So it's a 35-40 watt amp, but in the package it's not a terribly loud 35-40 watts. *But it's still darned loud!*
I dropped by SoundPure and Eddie and Dave jammed a bit on the Road Hogg Lite in the space that will soon be the new Musical Instrument division of SoundPure. Here are some some clips taken from my phone that give an idea what this amp is about until I can do a more formal demo:
The Road Hogg Lite uses the small chassis and the smaller pine TV front cabinet (if anyone recalls the Superbug, it's that cabinet), and, wait for it...all this potent prowess in such a compact portable package starts at just $1699!!
The Road Hogg family really builds on the 22 Tango, offering all the benefits of that amp easier to control and harder to get a bad sound out of. It's possible the Road Hogg is going to replace the 22 Tango and I may develop a next generation Tango to take it further into Trainwreck style behavior (not a TW clone!!), though I may call it the "Tango-Wreck" in honor of the late Ken Fischer.
Nolatone Wicked Garden
Those of you who are familiar with the Blacktooth Prototype, it has evolved into the new "Wicked Garden". I couldn't compromise the clean channel by building an amp deathly enough to call the "Black Tooth". Because it is a channel switcher, I *demand* a rewarding clean channel that inspires, something most high gain monsters don't offer. This amp ended up having an amazing clean channel while at the same time offering an overdrive channel that takes you all the way up to the heavy rock realm with amazing flexibility. I'll have full details once I get the Wicked Garden page created. Here are some peeks at it though:
--------- 7/26/2011 ----------
Nolatone will be at the Nashville Amp Expo August 19-21
We will be sharing a room with our great friends at Channing Amps.
Come out and check out the Nolatone line including the latest sensation, the Rotten Johnny. We're also introducing the brand new Road Hogg 45 and the latest version of the Blacktooth Prototype. Should be a great time, so stop on by!
--------- 5/27/2011 ----------
It's been a long while since my last news update. With all the excitement of Nolatone having relocated from Atlanta to Raleigh, NC, website work has been pushed to the back burner for a bit! An update on some things:
The Rotten Johnny is getting rave reviews. It's just such a great little amp. Thanks tons to Premier Guitar for their stellar writeup. We are truely blessed to have such a great bunch of people committed to high quality boutique products the way they are.
Though I've not yet posted it on the website, the Blacktooth Prototype program is coming along nicely.I'm getting lot's of great feedback from those participating in it and the end result is going to be stellar. I'm still running the program for a while longer so prototype units can still be purchased at a discounted price.
More news, we have a new model coming up, the "Road Hogg". This expands on the Rotten Johnny's ultra flexable yet simple preamp design and extends it to higher power output section options. It will be on the larger chassis and can be done in the birch ply Chimey Limey style cabinet or the solid pine 22 Tango style cabinet.
Stay tuned for more details on both the Blacktooth and the Road Hogg.
--------- 8/11/2010 ----------
Premier Guitar video of Nolatone Rotten Johnny and
Black Tooth 50 at the 2010 New York Amp Show
--------- 5/12/2010 ----------
Nolatone at the New York Amp Show, June 5 and 6!
--------- 4/23/2010 ----------
Announcing the new Nolatone "Rotten Johnny". 15 watts of monster tone in a grab and go package that's very economy friendly!
Nolatone proudly announces our newest endorser, Andy Brauer, famous guitar and amp tech to the LA Music scene!
Andy's client list reads like a phone book. Some of you might remember a guitarist called Slash who played for a band called Guns'n'Roses. Who do you think keeps that insane Les Paul collection healthy!!
Andy is helping us introduce Nolatone Amps to the massive pool of talent he provides his services to.
Greg Jennings of Restless Heart now playing the 22 Tango!
We are tickled pink to have Nolatone amps on stage with one of the finest country bands in history as a Nolatone player. Greg Jennings of Restless Heart is the newest 22 Tango player. Welcome aboard Greg! See what Restless Heart has been up to and where to catch them live at http://www.myspace.com/restlessheartband
Nolatone goes to Nashville!
We are proud to announce World Music Nashville as our latest dealer. They will be carrying our entire line. I had the pleasure of meeting Larry and his staff in person and I can tell you, these are a great bunch of guys. Larry has a very knowledgible and enthusiastic staff and they all took the time to become familiar with our amps. Stay tuned for product availability at World Music at http://www.worldmusicnashville.com
---------- 7/15/2009 ----------
Nolatone goes to Scandanavia!
We are proud to announce our first international dealer, These Go To 11 in Sweden! Just a killer selection of the finest in pedals as well as Mad Professor amps! Now they will be stocking the full Nolatone line.
We are proud to announce Nicky Moroch as a new Nolatone player!
Nicky is an in demand session player around New York City when he's not playing lead guitar for David Sanborn! It's just mind boggling listening to Nicky play and he is LOVING the Junebug in the studio. Stay tuned for a swankin' video of Nicky working the Junebug in all it's glory! For more on Nicky Moroch, check out his website at http://www.nickymoroch.com.
Here's a tasty bit of
Nicky Moroch in the studio
with the Junebug
Carl Verheyen playing a sweet Beatles tune through the CL-15