Heptode has announced the new Jim ’81 amp that uses its proprietary technology to emulate pure tube tone. Available as a rackmount unit, head and a 1×12-inch combo, the amp combines the response and warmth of tube amps with the reliability and light weight of a solid-state device.
The Jim ’81 also offers two independent channels. Leo is inspired by the Fender Blackface, while Jim is inspired by the Marshall JCM800 2203. So whether you’re looking for the classic chimey Fender cleans or the solid Marshall distortion, this amp has it.
In terms of controls, Leo features “Volume,” “Bass,” “Middle,” “Treble” and “Level.” Jim, on the other hand, has all those plus the addition of a “Preamp” volume, “Master” volume, and “Presence.” Other features include adjustable output power from zero to 100 watts, an effects loop, line output, XLR DI output with a cab simulator, and a footswitch input to switch channels.
For the combo version, the Jim ’81 packs in a Celestion Creamback Neo.
Listen to the amp here:
The rackmount version retails for $1,590. More information at heptode.com.