SMS Classic - JG Version
For nearly all of his career, Jerry Garcia used the all-tube preamp section of a '60s Fender Twin Reverb amp as his main tool for gain and tone shaping. Of course, along with high precision quality component upgrades made to his personal amps to ensure extremely clean, reliable, and low noise operation, his rig also had a number of key components that helped achieve "his" tone.
From the guitars themselves, the choice of pickups, along with on-board guitar buffer amps, to the 12" JBL's, the heavy picks, the McIntosh power amplifiers, and most importantly, his personal touch, with only a couple of minor exceptions, one virtually constant factor in his rig was the Twin Reverb preamplifier.
Our JG version of the SMS Classic preamp is only slightly modified from our standard guitar & pedal steel version. In addition to the ultra pure circuit, it includes a few component changes that to the best of our knowledge and our ears help to make this preamp deliver that elusive sound as closely as possible.