Midnight Special





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The Midnight Special generates the most beautiful guitar tones, a 12" combo can produce.
Its pure, simple and uncompromising design creates a highly musical and capturing atmosphere.
Perfect for recording, rehearsal or intimate club settings. Or simply to enjoy pure electric guitar sounds.




Handwired point to point terminal wiring

Octal preamp tubes

Interchangeable output tubes without rebiasing

Versatile, interactive tone controls

'True Bypass' Reverb
NEW! improved and hum-free Reverb mix

NEW! EQ bypass switch with Master Volume

NEW! 300B power tube and 82 Mercury-Vapor rectifier version

Unique no-compromise Custom Transformers
by Mercury Magnetics

Highest quality NOS components

NOS USA and UK Tubes only!
Mullard, Genelex, RCA, Tungsol, Sylvania, GE

Tone Tubby Alnico Hempcone Speaker

Exclusive Field Coil Speaker option





Class A single-ended 4-10 Watts (15W optional)
Interchangeable, self-biasing output stage
6V6,5881,6L6,KT66,EL34,EL37,7581,6550
NEW - 300B power with 82 rectifier tubes
Octal base preamp tubes 6SL7,6SN7
Tube rectifier 5Z4,5V4,5W4,5Y3
Low/High power switch
Transformless tube driver reverb
Series FX Loop
Preamp/line out - poweramp in
Sprague TVA filters
Sprague Vitamin Q paper/oil tone capacitors
Carbon composition resistors
Point to point terminal cloth wiring
NOS tube sockets
NEW - Aluminum chassis 12 ga.
Tone Tubby Alnico Hempcone Speaker or
Field Coil Speaker
100,120,220,240VAC 50/60Hz
Handmade in USA

Solid wood 19 x 16 x 10
Covered cabinet 20 x 16 x 9-1/2 ; 30lbs.




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NEW - Now available as head version ... click for more info



Octal preamp tubes have a wider tonal spectrum and sound more relaxed and revealing with less compression than later 9 pin versions.
In combination with the harmonic richness of a single-ended class A output stage,
the Midnight Special reveals the pure power & beauty of the vibrating string.

The Midnight Special is entirely hand-built, using the best-sounding NOS caps and resistors.
Terminal point-point wiring is the same technique used by the military and in aviation construction for reliability.

The class A self-biasing output stage allows for easy and quick swapping of a great variety of the best vintage tubes ever build.
The perfect musical balance of the amp accentuates the unique characteristics of these wonderful tubes.
No need for matched tubes or rebiasing!

Raising the quality level even higher, the Midnight Special has a transformerless Reverb design with 'True Bypass'.
NEW! Now with an improved and hum-free reverb/clean mix that gives a purer clean portion of the signal with minimal loss.
Also new is the Treble push-pull EQ bypass switch with Master Volume.
(Email to get your pre-2011 MS upgraded)

Another exclusive feature is the completely hum-free single-ended power supply design without compromising tone and liveliness.
Dispelling the myth about the inherent hum with single-ended amps.


Panel Controls:

High Impedance Input, Volume, Reverb/Bypass Switch, Reverb, Treble, Middle, Bass,
Standby Switch, Power Switch
Low/High Power Mode, Series Fx Loop, Preamp/Line Out - Poweramp In





Tubes:

2 x 6SL7, 6SN7, 6L6GC/5881, 5V4G (stock setup)
Genelex, Mullard, RCA, Tungsol, Sylvania, GE and other US Brands.
Possible Output Tubes: 6V6,5881,6L6,KT66,EL34,EL37,7581,6550
Possible Rectifier Tubes: 5Z4,5V4,5W4,5Y3

NEW - Now also available with 300B Output and 82 Mercury Vapor rectifier

Ask for Premium Tube Upgrades for the ultimate tone experience!
Ceramic sockets with gold pins are available as a custom option

Speaker:

Tone Tubby Low Watt Alnico Hemp cone

Speakers are installed already broken in.

Other recommended Speakers:
Tone Tubby Chicago Blue or Organic for mostly overdriven playing ... add $50 or $60
Exclusive! - Field Coil Speaker (with Hemp or Paper cone) ... ask for pricing
Your own 8 ohm speaker (installed) ... save $70



Covered cabinets are individually custom made to order from solid pine and your choice of color, grill type and handle.
Ask for samples of available covering and grill cloth.


Black 'leather' covering with Bluesbreaker grill




Solid wood cabinets are individually custom made to order from hand selected solid wood with oil finish.



Solid Redwood






Solid Redwood with Purpleheart veneer and curly redwood back






Solid african Mahogany/Walnut, copper plated chassis and grill, ceramic/gold sockets






Solid african Mahogany/Birdseye Maple, black fine mesh grill, black piping






Solid african Mahogany, Wavey Radio grill over metal grill, Field Coil Speaker






Solid african Mahogany, Black/Brown dye, Bluesbreaker grill






Solid striped honduras Mahogany, Black/Brown dye, tinted Bluesbreaker grill






Solid african Mahogany, Capehart Field Coil Speaker, 'no vibration' fine mesh grill






Solid figured Koa, Grill by Dave Hunter, macassar ebony face panel






Solid poplar, Custom poplar handle, Marshall JTM30 grill






Solid figured AAAAA Myrtle, figured Birdseye maple front and face panel, Capehart Field coil speaker, 'no vibration' metal grill






Solid striped oxidized Mahogany cabinet and front, 'no vibration' metal grill






Solid figured AAAAA Claro Walnut, Bluesbreaker grill, Figured Ebony Maccassar face panel, Capehart Field coil speaker






Solid Mahogany cabinet and front, cream piping and powder coated chassis and 'no vibration' metal grill






Shellac and Lacquer Tweed cabinet










Tone Quest Report - January 2003

Midnight Special Combo excerpt from the article Under 20 Watts of Whoop-Ass

Chris Siegmund is another visionary whose work transcends the ordinary, and the Midnight Special is no exception.
Rated at 4-15W, the Special is meticulously built using premium capacitors and resistors, including many classic NOS components.
Siegmund also uses octal preamp tubes, along with a vintage NOS rectifier and single output tube.
Features include a transformer less reverb circuit that can be bypassed for extra gain, plus Volume, Mid, Treble and Bass controls, a series FX loop, high and normal power switch, Mercury Magnetics transformer and a Tone Tubby hemp cone speaker.
The Midnight Special is a great midnight-hour amp, but it also passes the test as a terrific small club amp. Its voice is deep, articulate and sophisticated.
The Special wasn't intended to be a high gain amp with intense distortion characteristics, but it excels brilliantly with overdrive pedals, and the reverb bypass does kick an extra level of crystalline gain while beautifully preserving string definition and harmonics.
The combination of P90's and the Special is absolutely orgasmic, and there is a lot of magic to be discovered in this magnificently built amp.




User Feedback:

This amp is the most amazing thing I have ever laid my ears on!
Its the gigantic, immersive, 3D ocean of tone! I actual feel like I have found what has been missing all these years as a guitar player.
I have been constantly let down and frustrated because my ear was never satisfied and I knew it wasn't my playing that was bad, it was the amps!

Thanks again,
Ryan Fergon - Lead Guitarist from Soulajar about his MS with Field Coil speaker



I've had a LOT of tube amps since my first Ampeg Gemini 1 in 1967.
The Midnight Special has the very best lower volume clean-to-the-edge-of-break up tones of any amp I've ever had.

Wayne Reno



WOW! I'm amazed at how all the controls interact and how an infinite variety of tones can be generated. I have much to learn and experience, but I can't wait.
I'm hearing tonal differences out of my guitar (Myka 104) that cannot be heard on my other amps. I can really dig out all the tonal nuances from the guitar at any setting, and this guitar has a ton of tonal flexibility. Absolutely amazing! Without a doubt the MS is head and shoulders above any amp I have played.

Just wanted to let you know how happy I am with the amp. As much as I knew it was a very special amp when I ordered it, to be able to experience it and experiment with it has revealed much more than I ever expected.
I have never heard these tones from any other guitar amp!! Again -- Thanks so much. I feel very fortunate and blessed to have joined the Siegmund amp community!!

Bruce Basler



I have quite a few amps, but if I could only take one to Heaven it would be the Midnight Special.

Mel Bernhard



Chris, I want to thank you for this wonderful tone machine. While I have had only limited use of it thus far with my stratocaster, I am amazed at the different tonal qualities of the amp, and the warmth and dimension it possesses.
It is only when you compare it to other amps that you really learn of its capabilities. I'm sure as I experiment more with it there will be more surprises that are in store.
I love the reverb and the control one has over it. It is different than my other boutique amps, perhaps more subtle but again you can get the depth you want out of it without it being overbearing or shrill.
I am not a virtuoso on guitar but the better you sound, the better you sound and this amp gets me there, and that is all that really matters.

Regards,
Ed Case



Midnight Special Standard
User review

Sound Samples:


Midnight Special Standard in
Soulajar Music






Alberto Prieto, owner of Brown War Store playing the Midnight Special Combo (Standard) with 6V6 power tube and Capehart Fieldcoil speaker






Zane Carney playing 'Take the A train' on his Midnight Special Combo (Standard)


Guitar Player Magazine Article - Zane Carney Takes Over Hollywood’s Hotel Cafe


Music Samples
played by Zane Carney

Stormy Monday
Baby Please Don't Go_Mojo
Back In The Day_Sometimes



Here are a few sound samples I made with the Tone Tubby Low Watt hemp cone in a field coil speaker.
The guitar is the Suspense
I upgraded a large diaphragm condenser tube mic with a Micro Tube, Neumann U47 replacement capsule and Jensen transformer plugged into the Simplex Mic Pre

MS combo clean

MS combo overdrive

MS combo 1

MS combo 2

MS combo 3

MS 15W shuffle - 15 Watt version with Tone Tubby Chicago Blues