Armored Amplification Sabot 6550: A high-gain all-tube amp made for metal
Metal-focussed amp features Sizzle, Body, Grit & Bright switches
The new Sabot 6550 is a 60-Watt, all-tube, hand wired amp head made in Florida, USA by Armored Amplification. This one is aimed squarely at players looking for high-gain amp tones. What’s special about this new amp? Let’s dive in.
Armored Amplification Sabot 6550
The new Armored Amplification Sabot 6550 is a high-gain, single-channel 60-Watt amp head loaded with a pair of 6550A Tung-Sol reissue vacuum power amp tubes that partly inspired the amp’s name. They’re paired with three ECC83 JJ/Tesla tubes in the preamp section.
Custom Tone Stack
This amp is based around a custom tone stack voiced specifically for extended range instruments and drop-tuned guitars. Two gain controls are provided, one each for the high and low frequencies. The other controls consist of the usual Bass, Mid and Treble knobs, that combines with a Sweep knob for the EQ setting. The amp’s master section has controls for Volume, Attack and Resonance.
Sizzle, Body, Grit & Bright
Armored has also thrown in some switching options that boost specific frequency bands aimed at making this amp even better suited to tight, high-gain tones. Sizzle adds yet more gain to the top end, Body does the same for the lower-mids; the Grit switch gives you a ‘Jose Arredondo-like’ circuit, adding gain and compression. The last is the Bright switch that adds some extra top-end to the signal.
The rear panel of the amp includes a power control that lets you adjust the voltage settings for the power tubes, letting you tighten or loosen up the amp’s feel and response.
Is this the perfect metal amp for under 2k? Looking at the specs and features, it could well be! Check it out in the demo video below. They even have a custom Tolex option for an extra USD 50.
RRP: USD 1699-1749
- Sabot rear panel: rmored Amplification