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From Jackson Ampworks:
At the request of many NewCastle users, Jackson released the new higher-powered version of the NewCastle called the NewCastle 30! The NewCastle 30, which offers all of the features of the original NewCastle has been upgraded with 30W of EL84 driven Class A power, an FX Loop and power scaling which allows the amp to scale between 30W and 1/8W seamlessly without any tonal change!
Like the original NewCastle, the NewCastle 30 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. The NewCastle 30 adds to the NewCastle’s tone with increased headroom and low end punch and clarity.
Tonally the NewCastle 30 has an English heritage but is cleaner and more robust than many EL84 based amps. The NewCastle 30 is perfect for the player that uses a lot of pedals and wants an affordable clean platform to work from. In fact the NewCastle 30 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 30 is how well it cleans up when you roll the volume on your guitar down. With the NewCastle 30 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 30 can morph between pristine clean, hard rock and warm smooth jazz tones with ease!
Special attention was paid during the design of the NewCastle 30 to guarantee that lack of headroom would never be a concern as is often the case with other 30W 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 quartet of EL84’s! In addition to this, the NewCastle 30 features power scaling which allows the high voltage of the amp to be seamlessly scaled from 100% power down to 10% power with no tonal change at all. The only difference is how loud the amp is! The tone and dynamics stay the same and all the touch sensitivity you would expect from a tube amp remain constant but now at bedroom volumes!
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.
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