First Look: The SE-22:



Little Dragon Sound Clips:

WOW! I've been testing this little monster with my regular electric, as well as an acoustic-electric and . . . BASS! It's absolutely astonishing. I can't believe how solid this Celestion Vintage 8 sounds with low end. Fortunately, I bought all 4 NOS units from the seller, so I'll be building at least three more of these. For after those are gone, I've been talking to Weber about building something similar. Tried putting out feelers to Celestion, but after taking 6 months respond, they didn't exhibit any interest in doing anything custom, so . . . I'd rather deal with a more responsive company anyhow. My experience with Weber has been positive, and I have little doubt they are perfectly capable of delivering what I need.

So, here are some preliminary results:

First, a whole tune recorded with everything (except percussion and vocals) run (one track at a time) through the Little Dragon. Individual track samples and amp settings are presented below. Since I'm not a keyboard player, I sequenced a simple keyboard part and ran the output through the amp. For all of the parts I recorded using a single Sure SM58 mike, positioned at a slight angle about six inches from the perimeter of the speaker. All the MP3s are at 320 kbps.

For the first lead I used no effects except for an ART reverb pedal and an attenuator, which allowed me to run the amp wide open at reasonable volumes. This provides an accurate representation of the overdriven sound. (The speaker is rated at 60W, and I've tested it at full throttle, sans the attenuator, and it sounds rock solid).

For the second lead, I wanted to demonstrate how the Little Dragon's basic clean personality handles pedals, so I removed the attenuator, tuned the volume way down, and used a Danelectro Transparent Overdrive pedal (as well as a Digitech envelope filter, and the same light reverb as in the first solo.)

The whole song

House of the Rising Sun



This track was recorded using an Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE, plugged directly into the Little Dragon amp. Guitar controls were all centered, except for the pickup selector, which was 100% piezo in order to minimize hum from nearby computers. Settings were as follows:

Acoustic/Electric through Little Dragon Amp


This track was recorded using a Hofner Ignition hollow-body violin bass, plugged directly into the Little Dragon amp. Both pickups, lead position, no effects. Amp settings as follows:

Electric Rhythm Guitar

This track was recorded using a Telecaster Custom, equipped with mini-humbuckers (upgraded from the P90s shownin the track coverart) It was plugged directly into the Little Dragon amp, with no effects whatsoever. Both pickups, 'vari-tone' engaged. Amp settings were as follows:

Clean electric guitar through Little Dragon Amp


Simple sequenced keyboard part played through computer sound card with output routed through Little Dragon Amp. Settings same as for Bass.

Electric Keyboard through Little Dragon Amp

Overdrive Electric Lead Guitar

To demonstrate the natural overdrive tone of the Little Dragon Amp, I attached a reactive attenuator between the amp's output and the speaker. I used an old ART reverb pedal (plate setting), but no other effects. I did my best to demonstrate the natural dynamics of the overdriven tone. Settings were as follows:

Overdrive Lead Guitar through Little Dragon Amp

Electric Lead Guitar with Effects

Do demonstrate how the inherent clean tone of the Little Dragon reacts to effects pedals, I recorded the second lead with the volume turned way down, Master Volume disengaged, and all overdrive coming from a Danelectro Transparent Overdrive pedal. I also used the ART reverb pedal (same settings as first lead), and a Digitech envelope filter for some sections. Settings were as follows: Guitar was the same Tele Custom with Mini humbuckers as above, but with all tone circuitry bypassed.

Electric Lead Guitar with Effects through Little Dragon Amp