black widow mgp-1A
Press Release
Black Widow Audio Designs is proud to announce the new MGP-1A Modeling Guitar Preamplifier which will be showcased at NAMM 2014.
The revolutionary MGP-1A is the result of almost 8 years of research and development and is the first preamplifier to offer guitar preamplifier modeling with an all-tube, all-analog signal path. The unit features 18 preamplifier models which are derived from the most iconic guitar amplifiers in history. Each model comes complete with its own unique gain and volume controls, 3 band tone stack and various selectable voicing switches.

Modeling is accomplished by the company’s patent pending VEnuMTM All-tube Modeling Technology which reconfigures the internal vacuum tube circuitry for ultra-realistic tone; realism that cannot be achieved through digital or other means.

“Even in the simplest vacuum tube circuit, electrically, there’s a lot going on,” remarked Brian Rois, Founder of Black Widow Audio Designs. “Yet this is why guitar amplifiers with early 1900’s technology sound better than anything else we’ve come up with since. Tubes are very fluid and dynamic devices, and that’s why it took us as long as it did to perfect. I’ll let the results speak for themselves.”
Designed to be easy for anyone to use, the MGP-1A takes the form of a 3 channel preamplifier where every feature and option has a dedicated front panel control. The MGP-1A’s clean channel takes its cue from dual input vintage amplifiers with bright and normal channels and even allows you to bridge them internally, recreating the old “jumpered input” trick. The crunch and drive channels take a more modern route with switchable bright and deep voicing options. All channels feature an EQ shift and alternate tone stack that is unique to each model, bringing the number of pristine analog tones available to 264, before touching a single knob.

Other features include a Warm LED, which tells the user when the 4 internal 12AX7’s have had enough time to warm up, InPhaseTM Phase Correction which eliminates phasing problems when different channels are recorded together, and a ground lift switch to avoid ground loop problems in even the worst environments. The unit sports a front and rear input, a 1⁄4” unbalanced output, and an included 3-button footswitch making the MGP-1A perfectly adapted for both live or studio use.

The MGP-1A will retail for $2,699. However, the unit will be available for a limited time at $1,999 through Black Widow Audio Designs’ Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for production, starting shortly after NAMM. See for more details.

See it in action at NAMM 2014, Booth 1770, Hall E.