We have always been a big fan of the Plexi amps and it’s phenomenal three dimensional rich and open sounds. It took us almost 2 years of intensive research to discover the secrets behind the magical tones of this legendary amp. Thanks to some dear friends in the music industry we could compare our versions (and there where many!!!) with some awesome original JMP’s.
Beside the original plexi tones the Straight8 offers a second, hotrodded channel: the ultimate Plexi overdrive. The beauty of this channel is that it's got the Plexi-vibe all over it. It's ultra dymamic and even with the gain at 11 it still cleans up nicely.
Like all K&E amps the Straight8 is very is easy to use due to its convenient single-row-chicken head-knob control panel. It takes just one glance to check your settings and you're ready to burn. Everything fits in a sexy, road-ready, convenient 50x25x25cm head. Furthermore it has some modern features and inovations like a foot-switchable ‘true bypass’ effects loop and double SVC ''Seamless Volume Control'' system that lets you to play at high and low wattage and boost your solo’s.
The Straight8 is the ultimate hardrock tool and an oasis of inspiration for new music. We left no stone unturned when designing and building this rock machine, now it’s up to you to write new history...
18 Watt: EUR 1.549,-
50 Watt: EUR 1.699,-
Channel 1 'Mild mode' is more clean with tighter bass response
The sounds of channel 1 'Mild mode' are best described as dynamic, three-dimensional, open and sparkling. It’s warm yet with good definition. The gain setting starts at splendidly sparkling and dynamically clean. Beyond one o’clock the clean morphs into a clean sound with sweetly organic edge of breakup. Around three o’clockvery gradually the sound changes into a sweet and subtle 3d-crunch.
Channel 1 'Hot mode' Is hotter with fatter bass response
The 'Hot mode' is close to the original Plexi sound and feel. The sound breaths, its three-dimensional and open sounding with spongy bass response, very fat mids and those rich halo-kind of high frequencies that fade away just before becoming to harsh or brittle. Just like the original this amp is super dynamically. Even with the gain at full you're still able to clean up the tone by soft attack on the strings or turning back the volume knob on your guitar. Turning up the the guitars volume knob and hitting the strings hard will give you that that briliant complex saturation which makes Plexi tone so unique.
Channel 2 : Overdrive / Hotrodded Plexi
Channel 2 captures the perfect blend of 90's overdrive and 80's plexi-tone. Extra gainstages are added to the internal circuitry resulting in a more compressed tone with endless sustain. The overall ''Plexi feel'' is still there but just bigger, fatter and hotter. Sweet, tonesoaked overdrive for the contemporary rock gods!
SVC -Seamless Volume Control- Tube amp volume under control...
The SVC power feature enables the amp to produce 0,1 Watt bedroom levels yet retaining great tone. That is without thinning up the tone nor destroying the sustain.
Specification Straight 8 - 18 Watt:
Specification Straight 8 - 50 Watt:
Finish & Construction: