COLONIAL PACK – 35 Profiles
The Heritage Amp company sprang from the Heritage Guitar Company and was based in Brentwood, TN, just around the corner from where I live. Paul Cochrane, the designer and builder of the Tim and Timmy pedals (one of my faves if you haven’t already noticed) was the amp designer and builder at Heritage amps and came up with some incredible-sounding amps. In an effort to put all of his favorite Marshall-type flavors into one amp, he came up with the Colonial.
With switches for changing the preamp section, tone stack, rectifier section, and a knob to change the negative feedback, he could accurately capture the sounds of a ’59 Bassman, JTM45, Super Bass, and Plexi. I really don’t know what took me so long to get one of these amps other than they’re not on every corner. For the money, they are hands-down the best deal on the planet if you want amazing tone.
I’ve never been a huge fan of a Marshall clean sound but with the US/UK switches I was able to find amazing clean sounds that bridge the gap between American and British amps. Once you get it cranking and setting the switches to the Plexi mode it gets an amazing, creamy, bouncy, smooth overdrive. But this thing is LOUD. It is the loudest 50 watts I’ve ever heard and it’s nice to be able to “tame” it by getting it into my Kemper. I included profiles using my trusty Timmy, Archer, and Red (Col. Angus) homemade od pedal as well as a few different cabs for some tonal variety. This amp is fast becoming one of my all-time favorites.
Colonial Pack requires 3.3 firmware and while most profiles were made using my trusty 3rd Power cabinet, the new separation algorithms make it easier to get more great sounds by switching to your favorite cabs as well. These clips were recording into ProTools 10 using a Propellerhead Balance interface with no plug-ins or processing using my red Tom Anderson Cobra with 3 P90s. Check out the soundclips below and as usual please excuse the sloppy playing…
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