(Press Release | Posted 2008-03-01)
Expanding its U.S. tube amplifier line, Kustom proudly introduces the Double CrossTM, a world class, all-tube, 3-channel guitar head. Designed by noted amp builder James Brown, the 100-watt Double Cross boldly redefines high-gain guitar amplification with a broad spectrum of stunning new tones and user-modified features.
The Double Cross platform consists of three distinctively voiced channels: Rhythm, Lead I and Lead II. Each Lead channel can be modified by users via four separate function switches which are located at the four endpoints of a “Cross” design on the control panel. These switches are not simply EQ parameters; instead, each uniquely blends additional 12AX7 tube stages, letting players actually alter the Gain/EQ/Attack structure of their preamps – Modifications usually not offered to consumers unless they take their amplifier to a knowledgeable technician to be permanently “modded.”
“Having worked on high-gain amps for years, I always noticed how adding more gain usually causes so much compression that you lose all your dynamics and note definition,” explains James Brown. “Although the Double Cross offers tremendous amount of gain and distortion, it adds the extra tubes in a new way that doesn’t change your dynamics or sacrifice the touch sensitivity, regardless of the amp’s settings.”
Special features include an all tube, footswitchable effects loop, a 6L6 / EL34 bias switch for changing output tube types, speaker-emulated direct out, an input jack labeled 'Tight' that gives the amp a super-defined attack response, and a 5-function footswitch (3 channels, Boost, Effects).
The Double Cross retails for $1999.99 and will start shipping in April of 2008.