The El Guapo (it uses EL-34 tubes) is a collaboration between Jackson Ampworks and one of the greatest blues guitarists of our time; Josh Smith. Josh approached Jackson Ampworks about making a 100W Super Bass with a Super Lead voiced High Gain second channel and the rest is history.
Channel 1 of the El Guapo has some of the richest and punchiest clean tones you’ve ever heard and is a dead ringer for the tones that you hear coming from Hendrix and guys like Doyle Bramhall II who famously have used Super Bass amps over the years. With the 100W power section (switchable down to 50W) Channel 1 of the El Guapo has an unbelievable level of clean headroom and will shake the walls of your house before it ever starts breaking up!
About half way up on the Gain control for Channel 1, the El Guapo starts to break up and becomes one of the richest and most responsive blues amps ever created! From there on up on the Gain control you’ll move out of blues tones and on into Hendrix inspired rock tones! Of course all of these tones are immediately available at your fingertips if you run the Gain control all the way up and use the volume control on the guitar to adjust the level of overdrive.
“Jefe? Would you say I have a Plethora of Gain?” “Si El Guapo. You have a Plethora of gain.”
The second channel of the El Guapo picks up gain-wise where Channel 1 leaves off and is voiced brighter like the Super Lead circuit. Think of these two channels as an alternate personality of the same person. While the first channel on the El Guapo is voiced dark and rich, the second channel is voiced brighter with a controlled low-end and expanded top end range. Add to that a ton of available gain and tonal shaping options and the second channel of the El Guapo has enough gain to cover everything from early Van Halen to the hardest rock imaginable!
POWER TO SPARE:
No proper tribute to a 100W Marshall would ever be complete unless it came loaded with 100W of power! Within the past 10 years there's been a shift towards players using lower and lower wattage amps and while lower powered amps do have a needed place in the market there is nothing that comes close to the grin-inducing blast of sound that can only come from a 100W+ amplifier running at full tilt! More power doesn’t just mean more volume, it also means more headroom. So if you’re a guy who loves playing clean, then power is your friend.
Jackson Amp Works did include a half power switch on the back of the amp. With the 50W/100W switch, the player now has the option to decide for themselves which tone they prefer and can switch it as needed depending on the room or the gig. Please be aware that during testing of the El Guapo they measured a maximum sustained output of 132W when the amp was running wide open. This is the maximum power level that they could generate with the amp and should be used as a guide when selecting a set of speakers to use with the El Guapo.