Metasonix "Fucking Fucker" G-1000 Tube Amp

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My musical ability is such that I make even the finest sonic gear sound like a fox caught in a solids compactor at the local treatment plant, but if I could make sweet musics, gear from Metasonix would be my number one choice. I've never even heard any of their gear being played, but I can tell by the ad copy alone that it makes sounds both baleful and brown.

For they say about their latest all-tube guitar amp, the "Fucking Fucker":

There is nothing like the G-1000. Not even vaguely. It is arcane and radical. It is 100% vacuum tubes, from input to output. It contains 100% new-old-stock (NOS) tubes. Types never seen in guitar amps.

The G-1000 consists of two totally independent amplifiers, with very different preamp sections. One channel is called the HAPPY channel. The other is called the ANGRY channel.

For damn good reason. One sucks your face, the other gnaws your foreskin off.

Product Page [Metasonix.com] (Thanks, Westfall!)

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30 Comments

  1. Joel: You can think up a less offensive name for this product. Try harder. would you kindly get your head out & demonstrate a bit more sensitivity? you’re damaging your cred with certain demographics.

  2. There are so many things in this world worth being offended about. A word that someone decided a long time ago was “naughty” isn’t one of them.

  3. @#7 – But, sadly, not for the local Synagogue. The foreskin gnawing aspect would be lost on the people there.

  4. “Feel the wrath of the Fucking Fucker!”

    Ah, Retarded Animal Babies.

    That artwork is fantastic. Also, I’m mentally 12.

  5. I suppose the name and graphics are appropriate to many contexts, but a bit transgressive for others. Maybe that’s the point.
    I work in tube electronics, repairing instrument amps and designing, building and repairing Hi-Fi amps. This thing uses the oddest collection of tubes that I’ve ever seen. I think that’s smart. Most amps on the market use all of 4 of the thousands of tube types available. The great old tubes of those types (I’m sitting here writing eBay auctions for a batch) have gone up astronomically. There’s nothing holy about 12ax7, 12au7, 6550, KT66, EL34, etc. tubes typically used. There are a thousand ways to get good tone if you know what you’re doing. Heck, I once built a Hi-Fi amp with kilowatt class Soviet radar tubes & it sounded great. Experimentation is good.

  6. The tubes that they’re using are not rare. They’re mostly items designed for TVs, which have no other current applications. I think you could re-tube that 3 times over for about $100. Compare that to the expected price of $5K. In fact, most of those tubes are so common it’s not even worth the few seconds it takes to winnow good ‘pulls’ out of batches of used tubes. Also, many near substitutes exist for those tubes that are equally common. It’s smart to design around cheap, common NOS tubes to create something unique instead of joining the crowded ranks of designers trying to recreate magic yet again by copying classic designs and burning up the dwindling, already costly stocks of NOS vintage 6L6, 6550, KT66, EL35, 6V6, etc.
    Also, regarding wearing out tubes, it takes thousands of hours to use up a vacuum tube to the point where it will have to be replaced. How many guitarists are going to play that thing for thousands of hours?

  7. $5K and only 15watts?…no thanks

    if i’m going to buy an amp called the fucking fucker it better be 100 watts or else it’s just not going to live up to the ass kicking that one should expect.

  8. And if it goes wrong one can let fly with that immortal curse ” The Fucking Fucker’s fucked “.

  9. Fifty or 60 years ago, 20 watts was considered sufficient power for a medium-sized auditorium. That says a couple of things, one about taste in music, and the other about the way tube amplifiers sound when driven hard.

    As for the name, it’s not very creative at all, just dumb and crude. Which, despite the image they seem to want to project, I don’t think is true of the amplifier’s design. I could be wrong, though.

  10. “Also, regarding wearing out tubes, it takes thousands of hours to use up a vacuum tube to the point where it will have to be replaced. How many guitarists are going to play that thing for thousands of hours?”

    Most guitarists I know end up going for a retube at some point. Especially since a good amp will last for decades. But from what you say about it using common, under-utilised NOS tubes from old TVs, it’s swung me around from thinking “uh-oh, I can see a problem here” to “what a great idea”.

  11. Power Tubes can only take so much at the top. I had a 50 watt bassman ten that needed retubing every year as I had to constantly drive the hell out of it to keep up with larger wattage amps. At 15 watts, this thing would have to be driven HARD to keep up with say, a Fender Super Reverb. This would most assuredly limit the lifespan of the power tubes.

    The preamps would probably last 20 years, but the power tubes will not.

  12. Yes, except for accidents and defective manufacture, preamp tubes last for tens of thousands of hours.
    Power tube life depends on a lot of things. B+ voltage, static current, load impedance, signal level, etc. Barring outright abuse, the tube life is up to teh designer. The harder you run them, the better the distortion but the faster they’re used up.
    Oddly, the product page specifies 15 watts per channel and two channels to drive two speakers. The 6BK5 is a pentode like a small 6BQ5/EL84 only about 70% the power rating and only 250V max voltage. If they’re claiming 15WPC in pentode mode, it probably has 4 output tubes in push pull parallel per channel, 8 power tubes for the complete amp. I just looked up 6BK5 tubes on eBay and it looks like you can buy all the NOS you want for $2/each plus shipping. Try that with NOS Genalex KT66 or Mullard EL34s.
    Both channels running is 30W of output. The difference in volume between that and a 100W amp is, uh… 10log(30/100) = uh.. about 5DBs. Not a huge volume difference.
    I like the idea of using strange NOS tubes. The 1625 is a cool looking near equivalent to 6L6GC in a tall bottle with a top cap, 12.6v heater and 5-pin base. They’re rugged, common and NOS cost $5/each in bulk, unlike NOS 6L6GC.

  13. For what it’s worth, a friend and I went to the NAMM convention a couple days ago. He got to try the amp out, and according to him, it sounds like boiled ass. Seems like the makers just wanted to make the most needlessly tube-heavy amp possible.

  14. This is not equipment for people who like to play straight ahead rock.. at all. seriously go away. no one wants to hear your boring music for an hour every time you play out anyways.. well besides people who either don’t like to think or are authentically stupid. this machine is meant to fry! this is a machine for those of us who like de-construct sound. this is for people who love gloriously filthy music. the rest of you go plug into your POD and record something that sounds like recent metalica.

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