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The NewCastle from Jackson Ampworks is the most simple and pure amp we have ever made! Designed as a grab-and-go tone machine, the NewCastle is a handwired 18 Watt, EL84 based amplifier that is incredibly powerful, tonally complex and features a surprising amount of clean headroom! All of this and a retail price of just $1,695.00 and the NewCastle 1x12 Combo represents the best value going among boutique amplifiers!
The NewCastle is a simple tone machine that will cover everything from pristine British clean to straight up Rock and everywhere in between. The clean tones are rich and full of authority with sparkling highs that never become brittle or piercing. The low end was specifically designed to remain tight and punchy even when cranked so you’ll never lose definition when playing at loud volumes.
Tonally the NewCastle has an English heritage but is cleaner and more robust than many EL84 based amps. The NewCastle is perfect for the player that uses a lot of pedals and wants an affordable clean platform to work from. In fact the NewCastle remains clean up till around 2:00 on the Volume control and from there breaks up into the most musical overdrive you have ever heard!
One of the best features of the NewCastle is how well it cleans up when you roll the volume on your guitar down. With the NewCastle you may find that you don’t need your overdrive pedals anymore as the volume control on your guitar asks like a gain control on the amp depending on how hard you play. In fact, you may find that your favorite setting is to leave the Volume up all the way on the amp and use your guitars volume to vary between your clean and dirty tones! Couple this with its very effective Tone control, and the NewCastle can morph between pristine clean, hard rock and warm smooth jazz tones with ease!
During the design phase of the NewCastle we spent many hours working with artists, producers and engineers and we used their feedback to help dial in the circuit so that the NewCastle would work seamlessly with all types of guitars, pickups and effects and the extra effort was well worth it! The NewCastle is a perfect go-to amp for players looking to capture great tone either live or in the studio!
Special attention was paid during the design of the NewCastle to guarantee that lack of headroom would never be a concern as is often the case with other 18W amps. To give as much power and headroom as possible, the power supply and output section were overbuilt to guarantee that the amp delivers every last bit of power possible out of it’s pair of EL84’s!
Along with the power amp section, the preamp has been designed to handle single coil as well as humbucker equipped guitars with ease and without becoming flabby in the low end, even when the amp is cranked!
Try the NewCastle yourself and experience its ease of use and pure rich tone, and we think you’ll agree that simple really is better!
The front panel features a single Input, Volume and Tone controls. The Volume control acts as both a Volume as well as a gain control. The higher you run the Volume the more the amp will overdrive in response to how hard the player attacks the strings. The Tone control acts as a master tone control for the entire amp and works similar to the tone control on a guitar. Rotating the Tone control clockwise will increases the high-end response of the amp and conversely rotating the Tone control counter clockwise removes high-end response from the amp which helps when a darker tone is desired or with bright sounding guitars.
The full clockwise position removes the Tone control from the amplifier circuit to keep your original tone as pure as possible.
Like the front panel, the back panel is kept very simple. There are two speaker out jacks with an impedance selector switch that provides outputs of either 8 or 16 ohms. Located next to that are the Power and Standby switches as well as an IEC module with an integrated fuse and a switch for selecting between 120V and 240V operation. With the NewCastle you’ll never have to worry about traveling on the road since the amp is designed to work at all line voltages!