Whether you have selected an Express, Liverpool, or Rocket, you can be confident that you now have in your possession one of the basic elements of a truly distinctive guitar tone. While it is ultimately up to each musician to make his or her own personal musical statement, we at Trainwreck Circuits believe that whatever your style and ability, you will be inspired to play better and with more passion than you ever envisioned when playing through your Trainwreck. Our goal is to provide you with an amplifier which is simple to operate, consistently reliable, and the ultimate in tonal response. Unlike most amplifier manufacturers, we build our products by hand, one at a time from the finest components and ingredients.
Our bottom line is also a bit different than most. We have over twenty years of experience building tube amplifiers for some of the top musicians in the world. With our thorough knowledge of electronics, we are able to build II what we feel are the finest, highest quality output distortion tube amplifiers currently available. We listen to each amplifier individually rather than testing them on meters and oscilloscopes. At Trainwreck, we trust our ears. We think you will too.
Trainwreck Amplifiers run on 120 volts AC only. Each amplifier is equipped with a three-wire cord and the ground on this should not be defeated. When inspecting or changing fuses, the amplifier should ALWAYS BE UNPLUGGED. Always use a fuse of correct value. Using a fuse of larger value may severely damage your Trainwreck. The amplifier must never be operated without a suitable speaker or emulator load connected to the “speaker jack” on the back of the chassis. Failure to observe this warning may result in severe damage to the amplifier.
The Trainwreck has been designed to work harmoniously with effects boxes which are meant to be plugged directly into the front “INPUT JACK” of amplifiers, such as floor boxes. Rack effects are designed to be used with mixing boards or amplifiers with effects loops. Plugging into a rack mount device and out into the “INPUT JACK” of the Trainwreck is not suggested. Rack mount units typically alter the signal, and degrade the sonic capacity of the Trainwreck, particularly under distortion.
However, if you wish to use rack mount effects, it is possible to do so by plugging directly into the front of your Trainwreck with your guitar. Run one cord from the “SPEAKER JACK” to your speaker cabinet, and the other “SPEAKER JACK” cord to a “slave box” which brings the amp signal down to “line level”. You may then run the signal from the slave box out to the rack unit of your choice, and then out to another amplifier or mixing board. This way you preserve the original Trainwreck sound, and separately control your effects.
SPEAKERS: Ken Fischer has always built his amplifiers in a “head” rather than in a “combo” format. Early on, Ken realized that one can get many more sounds from a high quality amplifier by switching speakers and cabinets. You will find that the Trainwreck models each have their own distinctive flavors, but that there are huge variations which can be achieved by switching between one, two and four twelve cabinets. Experimenting with new and old, British and American, and particularly efficient and inefficient speakers can yield many palatable sounds when using the Trainwreck.
Trainwreck amplifiers can produce a wide range of tones, from clean and sparkling to dirty and menacing. Each model has its own character, but one feature that all Trainwrecks share is a warm, very controllable range of sounds. You will immediately notice that your clean sound has more impact. Crunch chords hold together with clarity and punch, and your leads will sing, sustain, and speak like never before. It’s up to you to experiment with volume, settings, speakers, and effects to develop the sounds which are definitively yours. The process is fun, and the results are truly inspiring. The power is in your hands. Trainwreck suggests that you throw your preconceptions out the window, open your ears, and try everything. We guarantee that you’ll surprise yourself.