Expect 1960s-style blues rock to ’70s and ’80s heavy rock and beyond...
This dual-channel, EL34-powered amp is all about classic British overdrive sounds. Blues-rock players will love the mid-’60s-style feel and response of Input/Volume I, with enough gain to sing but also clean up well off the guitar. Input/Volume II takes off into hot-rodded ’70s and ’80s territory and beyond, retaining that classic British 'plexi' sound all the way. With selectable fixed or cathode biasing, The Sheriff 44 is for players who want ultimate 'plexi' tone that's also real-world usable.
Two Footswitchable Channels
Inputs/Volumes I & II are separate footswitchable channels. Volume I has plenty of overdrive if you want it, with a softer, more 'vintage' midrange focus. Volume II steps forward a decade or two with more gain, more punching mids and tighter bottom end. Want it cleaner? Just roll your guitar volume back.
A PPIMV (post-phase-inverter master volume) is a great option for a traditionally-voiced amp like this. You get to hear and feel more of the power section at lower volumes, or you can turn the master to full where it's then out largely of the circuit for that non-master volume amp feel and response.
Fixed Or Cathode Bias
You can run the power section in either fixed- or cathode-biased modes. The former offers maximum headroom and clarity; the latter more compression and sag at higher volumes. At lower volumes, cathode bias can feel more 'urgent' and dynamic, but push the master and it will start to compress more quickly.
Series Effects Loop
A series effects loop is available for effects fans. It's completely out of the circuit when hard bypassed. This is a post-phase-inverter master volume amp, so effects can easily overdrive when used in the loop. Our advice is to run the mix/output levels on your effects much lower than you would into the front.
External Bias Adjustment
Take all the hassle out of replacing output valves with the Sheriff 44's external bias measurement points and adjustment. All you need is a new pair of EL34s and a multimeter. It's fast, safe and reliable – you can find full instructions are in the amp's manual.