Midnight Special 5 Watt Combo
Class A single-ended 5 or 10 Watts
self-biasing output stage
6SL7, 6V6, 5Y3 or 6L6, 5V4 tubes
Pentode / Triode switch
Sprague TVA filters
Sprague Vitamin Q paper/oil tone capacitors
Carbon composition resistors
Point to point cloth wiring
NOS tube sockets
Aluminum chassis 12 ga.
10" Tone Tubby Alnico Hempcone Speaker
Handmade in USA
Finger joint Solid Pine cabinet 14-1/2 x 13 x 8-7/8
Midnight Special Combo excerpt from the article Under 20 Watts of Whoop-Ass
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.
That thing has been put through the paces and I have rarely had to mic it up. I am not sure if the stars aligned when this amp was built but something about it is amazing.
Everywhere I take it people comment on how amazing it sounds and the volume that I am able to get with it. I think I told you before that I played the MS at an outdoor venue one time and didn't have to mic up. It was amazing.
I couldn't imagine changing a thing on it, not even the wear marks on the chrome and covering. Something about that amp just floors me.
I have run it hard over the years in a lot of different situations and it never once failed.
I also played it in an iso box that got pretty hot and cranked it up. It didn't mush out one bit.
It's like I always said, that little MS amp has to be one of the best things out there in the entire world of amp building. I keep tabs on amps and what is around and there isn't much that really excites me.
Everyone seems to use the same designs with minor tweaks to components and values. There does not seem to be too much original thought going on out there.
Believe me. I have tried a lot of different amps and played a lot of different circuits. I had about 30 amps at one point before I started selling stuff off for whatever reason so I have a good base on which to judge things.
Nothing excites me like the Sound King and the MS amps. I have a couple keepers but the Siegmund amps are staying put.
Timothy Smith - MS standard combo
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!
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.
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!!
I have quite a few amps, but if I could only take one to Heaven it would be the Midnight Special.
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.
Midnight Special Standard User review
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
played by Zane Carney
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dustin neufeld This is a Midnight Special 5 Watt sound clip by Dustin Neufeld
The electric guitar is an Eastman ER1 'El Rey', fully hollow carved archtop, mahogany back & sides/spruce top. Single Kinman noiseless P90 neck pickup and internal DPA 4061 mini condenser mic.
- El Rey P90 pickup into Tube Hoffman style 'Revibe' unit built by The Airtight Garage. This unit is a sort of combination/improvement of the Fender stand-alone reverb circuit and Brown tremolo circuit. Long decay 3 spring tank.
- Siegmund Rackmount MS 5 Watt, EQ & Reverb bypassed, volumes fully cranked, bright switch on, no speaker plugged in
- EHX 22500 looper pedal for recording and overdubbing.
MS 5 Watt - Lonnie's Lament Loop
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, Paper/oil caps 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
The guitar is the Celtic Tele
MS combo Tele 1
MS combo Tele 2