A made in the USA Budda Amplification Superdrive 18 Series II boutique tube amp head in MINT cosmetic and perfect working condition. Designed with the rocker in mind, the “Rhythm” and “Drive” channels could just as easily be referred to as “High Gain” and “Higher Gain.” Great for hard rock power chords and super-sustained leads, the amp also features a push-pull Mid control for a modern, mid-scooped metal tone. This amp has been cleaned and tested. It is fully funtional and sounds great. Includes footswitch, original docs and custom padded slip cover.
The Superdrive 18 is a low-wattage powerhouse. Designed for clubs and studios, this lightweight, two-channel amplifier offers sparkling rhythm complexity with super-sensitive high-gain articulation. There’s nothing more organic than the tone of EL84 power tubes being pushed to their limits, with lush sag and rewarding sustain.
-Power Output: 18 Watts
-Tubes: 5U4, EL84 (2), 12AX7 (3)
-Controls: Master, Bass, Mid, Treble, Drive Vol, Rhythm Vol
-Dimensions: 26″ x 10.5″ x 10.5″
-Weight: 30 lbs
Tons of Punch and Soul From this Low-wattage Amp!
A rock masterpiece! The Budda Superdrive 18 guitar amplifier head features 18 watts of complex tonal tube mayhem that are ready to go from punchy rhythm tones to creamy blues tones to full-on metal crunch. That’s why acts like the Foo Fighters, Stone Sour, and Robert Randolph rely on Superdrive Series II amps. With the Superdrive 18 head, you’ve got stacks of touch-sensitive sustain at low-volume settings, so it’s perfect for studio work and for small club gigs. But remember: 18 Budda watts rivals 50-watt amps, so you can still melt faces with your Superdrive 18.
Budda Superdrive 18 18-watt Guitar Amplifier Head at a Glance:
- World-famous Superdrive Series II amplifier
- Two channels give you a mad range of tones
World-famous Superdrive Series II amplifier
The Superdrive Series II amp line is handcrafted in the U.S. and is the new voice of rock! These amps have shaped the sound of many of today’s platinum rock records. From artists like the Foo Fighters, Buckcherry, Good Charlotte, Stone Sour, Robert Randolph, The Exies, and Matchbox 20, the Superdrive 18 head delivers a one-of-a-kind tone that’s both rocking and bold.
Two channels give you a mad range of tones
The Superdrive 18 head’s rhythm channel packs plenty of punch and dynamics, just like Budda’s famous Twinmaster circuit. The power tube saturation of the EL84 and 5U4 rectifier tubes offers an aggressive touch-sensitive elasticity to your tone that’s pure organic soul. Then, on the high-gain channel, you’ve got a complex overdrive taking you from creamy blues tones to full-on metal crunch. Plus, the master doesn’t choke the amp, so you get plenty of touch-sensitive sustain at low-volume settings. As the perfect gigging musician companion, the Superdrive 18 guitar amp head lets you dial in just the right amount of gain and volume for studio work and small club venues.
Budda Superdrive 18 18-watt Guitar Amplifier Head Features:
- 18-watt Class AB amp
- 2 x EL84 tubes and 1 x 5u4 rectifier tube
- Treble, mid, and bass controls
- Rhythm volume and master volume
- Drive control
- 2 channels – rhythm and high-gain
- Effects loop
- Slave out
- Custom-wound transformer with 4-/8-ohm switch
- 2 channels with footswitch
- Custom-designed Budda Phat 12 speaker
- Pull bright on rhythm volume
Plug into ripping rock tones with the amazing Budda Superdrive 18 head!
from Los AngelesMarch 25, 2016
A True Classic
I’ve had this amplifier for 6 months and have used it in a lot of different settings, with numerous guitars and at many different volume levels. I’ve also installed an attenuator and experimented with a replacement speaker.
The Superdrive 18 is an amp that I had had my eye on for quite a few years before finally purchasing one, and it’s an amp that essentially began the “low watt” trend in amp design. At this stage it’s become a classic in its own right and represents one of the all-time great guitar amplifier circuits.
First, the build quality throughout is absolutely first-rate. I’ve owned many amps over the years, and so far my benchmark for build quality is Rivera. The Budda ranks up there with the Rivera’s for beefiness of the build, but also for the internal component quality. Nothing is spared and it is nice to see you are really getting what you pay for with these amps.
Plugging in, you get two voices: Rhythm and Drive.
Starting with what made these amps legendary, the Drive setting (I won’t call these channels as the topology of the amp is really closer to a single-channel amp and there is a shared EQ) gives you a huge amount of gain, and a unique voice that is all its own. This amp doesn’t sound like anything but a Budda (which is part of the draw – there are enough Marshall clones out there already). It’s got a singing, sustaining quality to it, not grainy in the way many high-gain amps are. It’s very detailed and extremely responsive both to picking dynamics and to the guitars volume and tone knobs. It’s one of the best amps I have ever played for dialing in both dirty and clean using just the volume knob on the guitar. Plugged straight into the amp you could do a classic/hard rock gig with nothing more than this amp and your guitar. There is also a pull “modern” voicing on the mid knob that changes the EQ curve and adds gain. Using it gives a lot of versatility for those rock sounds.
The Rhythm setting cleans things up nicely but gives you huge amounts of greasy EL-84 grind. This is nowhere near a high headroom amplifier, so using this setting gives you a fairly dark but very expressive voice then tends toward edge-of-breakup. There is a pull “bright” on the rhythm volume control for some added glass, but where the rhythm setting shines is as a pedal platform. The Budda take pedals extraordinarily well, and in from of the rhythm setting you can sculpt pretty much any tone you are looking for. It is so versatile that this is what I primarily use, with my pedals out front providing texture and tonal flavor (except for the delay, which is in the effects loop along with my looper pedal). Between the basic, somewhat Vox-ish tone of the amp on the Rhythm setting and some carefully chosen pedals I have the sound I have been looking for. There is of course no onboard reverb, but the effects loop is really well implemented and balanced nicely, so a reverb or delay pedal fits in seamlessly and gives a lot more versatility than a dedicated built-in ‘verb would.
As mentioned, I have fitted mine with an attenuator so that I can get the power section working at lots of different volume levels. The Buddas are exceptionally LOUD amps for their given power ratings. This amp is rated at 18-watts but easily outguns 50 watt amps that I have owned, so I feel the attenuator is a necessary accessory for these amps unless you are using it strictly for gigging.
I should mention the speaker: The Buddas come stock with their “Phat12” driver that is manufactured for them by Eminence. The story goes that this speaker was painstakingly designed by Budda founder Jeff Bober to enhance the performance of the amps. I will say that they seem to have an unusually long break-in period, so long that at one point I felt the speaker did not sound very good so I replaced it with a WGS ET-65 (which sounded great in the amp BTW) and hooked the Phat12 up to a stereo to break it in – I played guitar recordings through it at moderate volume for several days until it felt like the spider and surround had loosened up, then put it back in the Budda. All I can say is, WOW!! What a difference once it is broken in fully. It completely changes the character of the amp and I believe is an integral ingredient in the Budda sound. I would not dream of changing it now, as every aspect of the amp got better, so I say please make sure you factor in plenty of break-in time when you get yours and you will be very happy.
All in all, this is probably the best amplifier purchase I have ever made in 37 years of playing guitar. It really is that good.
from RGV, TX USAApril 13, 2010
Budda Superdrive 18This amp is AMAZING!!!! I’ve never played an amp that was so responsive to my guitar playing and at 18 watts it’s plenty loud for most common situations. Built like a tank but still super light, making it easier to carry around to practice and gigs. Everyone I’ve shown this amp to has absolutely loved it…………Best amp I’ve every played.
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