What Happened to Bolt Amps?!

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  1. Ghostman

    Ghostman Well-Known Member

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    My local shop had a Bolt Combo 50 and sold a few 100watt head's and I love the sound of these amps! But what happened to them? I went to their website today so see if they had anything new and "BLANK SCREEN"

    WTF? Another amp manufacturer down the tubes?
     
  2. trenchcoat

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    Johnny Hiland would know for sure.....

    I played thru one of them a couple years ago at a local dealers shop.
    Impressive sound at first impression but after a 5 minutes its sounded processed, I'd never consider buying one. SS pre amp.. Looks stupid, Bad name.
     
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    If you don't like the best country pickin' just make sure you watch the second rock one..

    Truth In Shredding: Johnny Hiland: Bolt Amp devastation on all channels
     
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    They may make a come back, I think it would be: NutZ.......... if they do.
     
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    1: trenchcoat, you assessment that any Bolt amp has a SS pre-amp is incorrect. Every Bolt produced had at least 2 12AX7 pre-amp tubes and a pair or quartet of power tubes. I have owned a BTH-100 for over 2 years and I am friends with a local distributor... so I know. And by the way, it and my 2 Blackstars are the best amps I have every owned.

    2: What happened: Bolt was started by two gentleman from the Digitech company. One was the design guru and one was the money guru; in May of 2012, the money guru died. They, and their parent company XP Audio, have been trying to restructure and get up and running again. But with the economy and the courts as constipated as they are, the process could take a while.
     
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    diesect20022000 Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    not to argue it but the dual reverb JCM 900 has three 12AX7's in it and it uses SS/LED's for the clipping/distortion same with the marshall jubilee. so it's very plausible to think there'd be some SS in those amps preamp circuitry. Doesn't have anything to do with their TONE however.
     
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    Weren't GWAR endorsed by them?
     
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    temporarily.
     
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    The "money guru" you speak of was actually the mastermind behind the company and the other line of products from XP Audio, the Morpheus pedals. His name is Rick Bos, and he actually died in November of 2010. I would know, because he was my DAD.

    The company wasn't able to go on without him. There is a long story behind all of this too. It's really too bad.
     
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    My condolences.

    The Bolt amplifiers weren't bad at all...

    in fact, I wrote a nice review on the two heads I played at my friends store.
     
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    First time ive heard of these amps, when i search bolt i get a website. Maybe its back up?
     
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    they had some great ideas.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj4vZiatPzQ[/ame]
     
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    Sorry to hear that. A while back I bought the Morpheous DropTune pedal (not sure if its the same company), still have it and love it!!! Works dam good, I mainly use it to drop 1/2 step.
     
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    as opposed to the Asstoria & a couple other Marshall models? :lol:
    they didn't look too bad w/ the black faceplate.
     
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    My Laney is ugly ,but it's paid for, I use it mainly for a slave to run in stereo.
     

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