“This simple major league amp has the sweetest top end and a tight musical low end. Once you plug in you can’t stop playing” – Dr. Z
Power Output45 Watts
Output Tubes2 – KT66
Preamp Tubes3 – 12AX7
ControlsBlended Volume High and Volume Low, Modern/Vintage Voicing Toggle, Treble, Middle, Bass, Presence, and Footswitchable EQ Bypass.
Other4, 8, 16 Ohm
EQ Bypass (New variable boost footswitch included)
ColorsBlack, Blonde, Red
Dimensions & Weight19”W x 9 ¾H x 9 ½D 27 lbs.
The Antidote continues Dr. Z’s tradition of merging classic designs with innovative ideas to produce amplifiers that stand on their own.
The heart of this design is its matched pair of KT66 power tubes paired with an ultra-linear output transformer. KT66 tubes were originally intended to be paired with this type of transformer and the Antidote is the only way to experience the unique tone this combination produces in a current production amp.
The amp’s front end is similar to our earlier Remedy design… a player friendly revision of the two channel format where one input feeds high/normal simultaneously, allowing the player to blend them. When matched with the Antidote’s 4 band EQ, this setup makes an incredible number of gain and tone variations possible.
The Antidote also features a “Vintage/Modern” circuit which gives the user the ability to time warp the amp’s voicing from mid 60’s to early 70’s and back again with the flip of a switch (yes, we refer to the 70’s as modern).
When over-driven, the Antidote is smooth as silk. Mids and top and bottom balance are strong and thick when pushed with a Humbucker. The addictive blend of bell-like high end shimmer and thick punchy lows results in a sound that is difficult to unplug from. In the good doctor’s words: “it already sounds like a record…but cranked”.
Located on the rear panel is a jack for the foot-switchable EQ bypass function which dramatically increases gain and thickness in both channels when activated. This can be used as a lead boost or a higher gain channel as the amp’s High/Normal volume controls can still be used to adjust the gain and tone even with the EQ bypassed. New for 2016 the EQ bypass footswitch features a variable boost control. This added knob allows the player to dial in the amount of boost needed.
The Antidote is hand-wired with the best components available to create an amplifier that goes far beyond the classic designs it’s rooted in. We feel that Dr. Z’s philosophy of “Vintage Tone for Today” is fully realized in this addition to our line.