The Joyeuse is my personal labor of love, I've been working on the design since 2013, and the prototype has been my main amp since it was made. I took my inspiration from classic British amplifiers, but the Joyeuse is so much more than that.
Channel 1 goes from a warm, chimney clean, to a rich classic overdrive, tonally it is like a super smooth plexi, but with a 3-d quality previously unheard in this style of amp. The voice is sort of halfway in between the bright and normal inputs, and the feel is somewhat easier, and less stiff than the amps of old, and of course lacking the harsh fizz.
Channel 2 is overdrive, and once again, smooth, three-dimensional , super touch sensitive, and very tweakable. I wanted the overdrive to be ultimately expressive, but still be able to grind and crunch, I wanted the lows to be tight but still hit you in the chest, the mids to be present and thick, but not barky, the highs to be cutting but never harsh, and never fizz out.
The Joyeuse also has 2 inputs, the normal input takes you straight to the first tube stage, however, the MOS input allows you to tap into my new MOSFET tube simulator circuit, which is foot switchable, and can be used on either channel, basically turning channel one into a ripping crunch channel, and turning channel 2 into a saturated lead tone, 4 different gain stages right there at your feet!
I wanted the amp to be more of a grab and go, so it has a built in buffered effects loop, and I wanted it to be easy to use, plug and play, without the need for other equipment.
I designed the Joyeuse as a 50 watt amp, 4xECc83, 2xEL34, and can also make it a 100 should someone want to be louder, or I can make it tube rectified should someone want it squishier.
50 Watts output power
2 foot switchable channels
3-way bright switch on each channel
Foot switchable MOSFET tube simulator circuit
Tube Buffered effects loop
Variable negative feedback (spread control)
Hand wired in the same fashion as all Bludotone amps, painstaking detail, components chosen for tone, over 30 hours go into each amplifier.