The Super 17 Black is the latest evolution of the original Goodsell 17, which at the time was being made on leftover Hammond organ chassis and iron. It features a pair of EL84s, and returns to a GZ34 rectifier tube, now that JJ can furnish reliable new production. Then there are 3 very busy 12AX7s - one of which is the long-tail phase inverter while the other two take care of pre-amp, reverb send & return, and tremolo oscillator. Speaking of tremolo, all Goodsells so equipped use the same bias-vary design that garnered the Guitar One Award for Excellence & Design when it was introduced in the 33 Custom four years ago. The all have a speed and depth control and can be operated with the included foot switch. On the 17, the single gain stage (comprised only of 1/2 of a 12AX7) is controlled by the GAIN knob and the single TONE control, which together with a transparent post-phase inverter volume (we don't call it "master" here) offers a lot more flexibility that it would appear.
The tone ranges from a bright-ish, harmonically complex chime, to a soft, approachably polite overdrive. An extremely versatile amp that loves single coils, especially Telecasters.
The speaker is the new RG-65, a derivative of the WGS ET-65 tweaked to Goodsell specs.
With the exception of the missing tube rectifier and 5/17 switch, the Super 17 Black is identical to the MkIII, making it as close to the original 17 as any version before, only now it comes with at least $500 change in your pocket. All Black 17s are identically prepared with reverb and tremolo and supersedes all previous combo models, which will continue to be available only on a build-to-order basis.
Thanks to Jody Worrell for his excellent Goodsell Super 17 clips.
Goodsell Black Series amps are handcrafted and handwired in Atlanta, Georgia using imported birch/poplar plywood cabinets. Domestically sourced pine cabinets in a variety of colors are available on a build-to-order basis for a significant upcharge. Any questions? Give me a call or send an email.