- DESCRIPTIONThe SMS V8-G Octal Tube Preamp is the supreme tone machine that is built on the ideas of circuit minimalism and component quality. The V8 finds its inspiration from various tube circuits from the '50s and '60s. The octal (8-pin) preamp tubes were used extensively in the 40's and into the '50s, but they largely lost their popularity to the advent of the "noval" (9-pin) tubes of the mid-50's. Some guitar companies continued to use the octals thru the '60s, but eventually most everyone moved over to the smaller, cheaper 9-pin tubes like the 12AX7 and others.
The V8-G preamp uses a classic "tone-stack" type EQ as found in many vintage amplifiers of the '60s and later. It's a time-proven EQ design that is extremely flexible and guitar-friendly. We take the traditional tone-stack and make a few tweaks of our own and utilize ultra high grade components to maximize the tone quality and have the ideal signal path for your instrument, whether it be guitar, pedal steel guitar, bass guitar, etc.
The V8-G preamp is not designed for overdrive. It's a clean-machine to the extreme. It has very high head room and very low harmonic distortion. The octal tubes have an especially "clean" quality to them as well. If you need drive and grit, check out our Earth Drive or add your favorite pedals to achieve that, and let the V8 deliver it faithfully on toward the amplifier.
The V8 comes in two versions, one for guitar / pedal steel, and one for bass. Other options include: Transformer Balance XLR Output and Rack shelf. Read more...
$700 (plus shipping & handling)
XLR - $85
Rack Shelf - $25
- ARTISTSAaron Dessner - The National
John Stirratt - Wilco
Rob Wasserman - Ratdog
Wayne Dahl... and more!
- REVIEWS"This thing is beautiful. Wow!!"Michael RhodesIt's next to impossible to describe sound or tone to anyone. Everyone has their own mental image of what it is for them. For me, from the very first time I tried the prototype of the V8, I was hooked. I heard a "richness" in the tone that I have never heard before. Not more highs or lows, but more harmonic content within the note that just makes it sound larger. With its two knobs of tone control, treble and bass, I had to rethink or retrain how I thought about adjusting for the eq I wanted. I found that I could dial in anything my mind imagined, from one extreme to another. Now, I feel it's easier to get what I want with such a minimal of controls to adjust. With the V8 from Sarno Music Solutions, you'll hear your guitar in a way you never have. I believe it defines "purity".Randy Beavers"Absolutely adore the preamp!!! Haven’t had a whole lot of show time with it but the shows I played blew me away:-)"Rob Barraco