While the Chandler GAV19T was inspired by classic British tube amp brands like Marshall, Selmer and Vox, it has new circuitry that allows for a wide range of tonal possibilities. The bias control, which allows you to adjust the bias of just the preamp tubes, changes the distortion characteristics, sustain and frequency, while the drive section functions as a boost or overdrive in four different user selectable frequency ranges and only affects the power amp section. Taken together, these two features provide an amazing array of useful tones.
You get a fantastic guitar sound instantly. Getting a great guitar sound in the studio is really hard. You need to have a great sounding room, great microphones and outboard gear and you need to either be, or be working with, an experienced recording engineer to properly place the mics and adjust the gear settings. The GAV19T plug-in comes with 75 recording chains, recorded at Brainworx’s state of the art studio in Leverkusen Germany, using a dazzling array of microphones, outboard gear, and their Neve Console. This gives you instant access to tones that would take an experienced engineer in a great facility all day to get. In addition, the GAV19T comes with a few other useful features, including a noise gate, vintage delay and a power soak, not found in the original.
The input tube bias control, the drive section and the Baxandall style bass and treble controls are the three features of this amp which both distinguish it from other amps on the market and make it such a flexible tone monster. The GAV19T plug-in’s circuit modeling emulates both the tone and behavior of these circuits perfectly. Turn a knob on the GAV19T plug-in and the tone will change in exactly the same manner it does on the amplifier.
The Chandler excels at tones ranging from clean to crunchy. For a 19-watt amp, it has a lot of clean headroom. So with the drive boost set to “off” and the bias control set to a low value you get a warm, clean tone. By cranking up the Drive boost and bias you get a fat, overdriven classic rock sound. While not really a high-gain amp, if you employ the power soak feature of the plug-in version you can get some pretty convincing high gain sounds as well.