I have not been building Rick-Tone amps on a regular basis since
1992. However, I will still occasionally build a custom amp for
someone when the circumstances are right.
New Rick-Tone custom amps are generally based on the
push-pull circuit design of the
''Heartbreaker'' amplifier, including its lower-power
derivatives like the Type
and so on.
This basic design can be built in a variety of
configurations from 5 Watts to over 100 Watts. The gain
and response characteristics can be tailored to suit
individual playing styles from old school blues to classic
hard rock to heavy alternative styles. Most of the
overdrive sound is generated in the amp's phase splitter
and output sections, rather than in the preamp section, so
the overdrive sound is very rich and textured. However, as
nice as it sounds, it's not a super-high-gain circuit
design, so it may not be well suited to heavy modern metal
playing styles. You can listen to the sound clips on the
Type 16 and
pages to get some ideas of how these amps sound.
I also build sound-alikes of popular vintage amplifiers such as the
Fender 5F1 and 5E3, Marshall JTM-45, and so on.
The costs and build times for hand-crafted amplifiers will vary
depending on how and what you want built. Build times are generally
90 days or less and pricing starts at $1295 for a 5-Watt head.
If you're interested in having a Rick-Tone amplifier built for you,
please feel free to contact me, and let me know what kind of amp
you're looking for.