Nighthawk

Driven by the more aggressive EF86/6267 circuit and a Six Position rotary Tone Selector, the Nighthawk will go from delivering amazing, delicate clean sounds and to turning into an all-out blazing rock amp.

  • Nighthawk
  • Nighthawk

Driven by the more aggressive EF86/6267 circuit and a Six Position rotary Tone Selector, the Nighthawk will go from delivering amazing, delicate clean sounds and to turning into an all-out blazing rock amp.

Outright benefits include quick dial-in of new tones and an easy return to your preferred new settings. Master volume and Preamp Volume offers flexible control of the power amp section. The power amp is fed by a 12AX7 phase inverter, which drives two EL84 power tubes. This one really packs a punch!

Notes and tips from Phil Jamison:

“If we start with its ability for a crystal clear clean sound we should always turn the Master Volume control as far up as it will go before power section saturation.
Setting the Input Volume control to around the 8 to 9 o’clock position the Nighthawk will produce the cleanest signal. Then using the Rotary Tone selector to find what works best with the pickup and voicing for the song.

Each of the six positions will provide a slightly different voicing that will go from Bright and thin to fat with more bass. This is ideal for the many different varieties of pickups, guitars, and cables out on the market.
Some pickups with hotter output will react differently with the EF86 and it may sound more aggressive. While this is a perfect compliment for a heavier rock sound, it’s not ideal for clean. With a Nighthawk you will lose some headroom for a cleaner sound.

But, as it turn ups slightly more you instantly get a dynamic and front end jangle that many have come to know and love with the response of a Matchless.  Turning the volume control up much higher around the 3 to 4 o’clock position will be ideal for a variety of rock sounds. Then adjusting the perfect voicing is a snap. As you go up on the Tone Selector you will notice the amp will have more midrange and sound slightly more fuller than before. Keeping it on this setting will enable you to clean up by rolling down the volume on your guitar and still maintain clarity.”

Head
112 Combo
212 Combo
  • 15 Watts
  • 1
  • 2 x EL84
  • 1 EF86, 1 x 12AX7
  • 1 x 5AR4
  • Dual inputs – high and low gain
  • Switchable Impedance of 4, 8 Ohms
  • 35 lbs.
  • 7.25 x 18 x 8.25

$2113

  • 45 lbs.
  • 18 x 25 x 9

$2224

  • 50 lbs.
  • 18 x 25 x 9

$2447

Reviews

  1. Russ Martin
    16 Dec 2016

    Nighthawk 2x12 Reverb
    Astounding tone across the full spectrum of rock music.
    I’m a novice player so I play for enjoyment. With a full set of Vintage Tubes the amp is Studio Quality.
    Had the opportunity to open it up at a recent gathering for the first time, I’m Floored, Seriously!
    The cleans are so saturated with the Reverb and Tone Selector I have no need for anything but the Amp and a Fine Guitar! When pushed it can attain Tones so Full and Sustaining you’ll have endless hours to explore your musical interests!
    I saw the original WHO Quadraphinia 3rd row center and always wondered how Pete attained his Phenomenal Magic array of tone, Now I Know. Do yourself a favor and stop searching for that Mystical Guitar Magic just select Your Matchless.
    It’s in the NAME,
    “MATCHLESS”
    Regards,
    Russ

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