The Gold Dust amplifier is a most faithful reproduction of the great tweed
Champs of yesteryear. A meticulously reproduced 5F1 circuit from the original
1950s era deluxe schematics, the Gold Dust incorporates several layout
innovations to improve tone, subdue noise and increase reliability. All Gold Dusts
are built with a NOS output transformer).
The 5F1 circuit is famous for its touch sensitivity and big sound for
recording. Simply picking strings harder or lighter will change your tone.
Likewise, adjusting the volume on your guitar will dramatically affect your
tone. For example, turn your amp Volume to 9 or 10--(it goes to 12 like the original)--with your guitar volume at 6 and your tone will become rich and sparkly. Roll the Tone on your guitar back to 5 or 6 for a great rhythm tone. Leave your guitar Tone on 6 and increase your guitar Volume to 10 for crunchy rhythm. The combinations of settings
become endless with this interactive, touch sensitive circuit. This is why the
Champ style 5F1 circuit is one of the most valued amplifiers and is found in
the arsenal of performing and recording musicians around the world. It is
perhaps most famously used by Eric Clapton and Duane Allman in the recording of
The Gold Dust employs one 12AX7 preamp tube and a single 6V6 power tube for warm and rich overtones. Unlike many imitators, the Dust employs true tube recitification using a 5Y3 tube. It is only through tube rectification that the characteristic power-sag can be produced, creating unique tones and unparalleled character in the amp's responsiveness.
Like all Golden Phi amps the Dust is hand-built using only the highest quality
materials and vintage components available. From cloth-wrapped wire to premium
transformers and capacitors, the Gold Dust is built to last generations--just like its predecessors.