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Rola Amplifiers Lead 100 Boutique Tube Head w/ 6550, Mercury Transformers


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Up for sale, a Rola Amplifiers Lead 100 head in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Rola Amps are made in the USA, individually hand-wired to exacting specifications; the Lead 100 (now called the Lead Custom) is their flagship amp, used by artists including Rick Beato and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready.

This is an exceedingly versatile amp, featuring a two-channel design and switchable from 100 to 50 watts. From pristine, sweet cleans to mean, dirty distortion tones, each channel has its own Volume control, enabling instant switching (footswitch compatible, not included) between two different gain levels. The Pre Master Volume control dials in the gain prior to the LarMar post phase inverter Master Volume. That degree of sculpting control means that this amp can be very easily adjusted for any venue or studio setting, ensuring great consistency and ease of use. Cut, Post MV, and Low, Mid, and High EQ knobs round out the control configuration.

The tube complement comprises a matched quartet of JJ 6550 power tubes, with JJ preamp tubes as well, including a gold pin ECC802S in the first slot. The output can be toggled between 4, 8, and 16 ohms via the rotary switch on the back of the chassis.

Cosmetic touches include smooth black tolex, large check grillcloth, knobs that go to 11, metal corners, and a leather handle. This amp is built to last, with 1/4“ stainless steel chassis mounting hardware. Cosmetic wear is limited to just a scant few tiny marks on the enclosure.