Venus™3 is a compact and lightweight master of tone. Easy to use, with the simplicity of a single channel, and yet ever so versatile with 3 band equalization controls that have the trademark Rivera Notch switch to choose between vintage tweed, and vintage black face tones. With two12AX7 tubes, great headroom for clean playing is easily dialed- in, and with the push-pull gain boost feature the available gain and distortion will allow sustain for days. Every nuance of your note will enveloped in a rich harmonic sweetness that the 15 Watt 2-6V6GT Class A power amp section delivers to either a Single 10” Vintage Gold speaker, or a 1-12”Celestion G12- Heritage 30 speaker. Although the Venus™3 is compact, it is huge on sound and you will be amazed at how much clean bottom end warmth can be found, regardless of speaker size. Add spaciousness and long lush decay to your instrument with the built-in Accutronics 3 spring reverb. A Presence control adds the final touch of high end brilliance. Power and Standby switches as well as the pilot light are conveniently located on the front panel.
Our Rivera Vintage-Modern switch on the rear panel allows the power to be cut down to 7 watts while enhancing the even order harmonics, making it indispensable for low volume recording and practice. A detachable power cable as well as the AC mains fuse is easily accessed. Two speaker jacks allow connection to the internal as well as external speakers. A Line Out jack gives you the option of slaving another amp or recording directly from power amp signal that is at line level. Effects patching is rapid with Preamp Out and Power Amp Input jacks provided as well.
It’s easy to pile a lot of gain into a preamp, but very difficult to make it stable and dynamically responsive. Few designers do this trick as well as Paul Rivera –Guitarist July 2008-Nick Guppy