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The Latest at TopHat Amps

  • New Emplexador Junior Club Series combos

    We're very proud to announce the addition of two new Emplexador Junior models to our best selling Club Series combos.

    These are physically downsized chassis, made to fit in our Club combo cabs, available in 1x12, 2x12, 2x10, 4x10 and special order 3x10" configurations. 

    However, these utilize the same exact transformers and circuit as their larger brethren, with no short cuts on tone or performance.

    The more compact chassis facilitates a quicker build and the one piece combo design both allow for a lower price point.

    The Emplexador Jr. has a brand new feature never beefore available on a TopHat model...

    A Built In Variac that is front panel switchable!! 

    This is exactly the same as running the amp through a Variac, lowering the supply voltage to 90 Volts instead of the normal 120V. This lowers all the voltages inside the amp, reducing the output significantly and causes easier breakup and a softer, sweeter saturated distortion!! This is on both models, the Classic and HG (hi-gain).

    The EJ Classic is the classic Plexi mode from the Emplexador with a bright switch and a Hi/Lo frequency boost switch.

    The HG version has both the Classic and the Overdrive modes, with a bright switch and Hi/Lo gain switch to toggle between these two modes!!

    These have 50 tube rectified watts of power in full mode, less in the Variac mode!!


    2xEL34's in class AB

    GZ34/5AR4 rectifier tube

  • New Club Combo Studio Special 10" speaker arrangements

    We're proud to announce new speaker arrangements available on our best selling Club Series.

    We now offer beyond the long standing 1x12 and 2x12 versions, a 2x10, 4x10 and special order 3x10" versions. We strongly recommend the newer Celestion Greenback 10" speakers. These are the first 10's currently produced that I really like. Not only do they have great tone from an American woody mid hollow clean to great mid focused great British breakup when pushed hard, along with some compression similar to an Alnico magnet speaker. Also, they are naturally much less efficient/lower output than typical 12" speakers. A full 5dB less output at one watt. That lowers the relative output of a 30 watt amp through a G12H to the equivalent of roughly 10-12 watts. We call these 10" models our Studio Specials, as they are much quieter, with a noticeably lower noise floor!!

    Great for home use, studios and churches etc...

  • Introducing TopHat's New V-Front style cabinets

    We're excited to announce our New V-Front Style design for our heads, combos and extension cabs!!

    We've taken the V-Front look of our long standing larger 2x12" closed back extension cab and now standardized our entire line to this style. It still allows for a two-tone option, as well. 

    Fundamental changes include: No plastic corners, larger radius on all corners and edges and inlaid piping front to back on top and bottom. These features are on all cabs.

    Further, on all heads and Club Series combos and most extension cabs we now utilize 12mm Baltic Birch instead of the 15mm previously used. This makes them lighter and more resonant as well as replicates the original plywood used on original 50's AC15's and the early 18 watt heads and combos made in the 60's. We retain use of the 15mm on our Flagship combos and the larger 2x12" closed back extension cabs.

    Lastly, we've added vents to all heads and Club series combos, as well as more elaborate, deeper set reveals to protect the control panel and improved aesthetics.

  • We've Moved !!!

    As some of you may know we have moved our location. We are still in the good old state of North Carolina (GO TARHEELS). Our new location is below and as always if you have any questions about our location please email us at

    New Address:
     TopHat Amplification
     20 Piccadilly Ct.
     Durham, NC 27713
     P: 1.919.817.5614

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