The Brownie 22 is the second of my 'What if?' amplifiers. It was during a conversation with the editor of Guitar & Bass magazine about my Brownie 5 amplifier when he mused "I wonder what a Brownface Deluxe with Reverb would sound like?".

Challenge accepted.

I thought about simply building a 6G3 Deluxe and bolting on a reverb circuit but of course, that would be far too simple for Rift. I then looked at the brownface Vibroverb 6G16 and wondered if I could successfully mate the preamp section including reverb and tremolo with the 22w 6V6 powered output section from the blackface Deluxe Reverb, all bolted into a 1x12" cabinet. In short, yes I could.

Once the prototype was up and running, it sounded even better than I had imagined. The clean tone is warm, sweet and full of harmonics, the 6V6s running at the odd blackface impedance really work wonders giving a huge, glorious sound. The overdrive tone is very reminiscent of Billy Gibbons at full crank, yet equally touch responsive and playable

This was an amp that I had to take to market.

I use very high quality components, sourced from UK companies if possible.
I do make a few small modifications to the original design, mainly an improved grounding scheme along with a few tweaks to make it more durable/reliable.

I stand behind every amplifier I make. Every Rift amplifier is guaranteed against defects in craftsmanship and components (excluding certain items) for the life of the amplifier (or my life, which ever ends first) as long as it remains in possession of the original owner.

Second hand amplifiers are not supported by the warranty.

Any user modifications or external modifications even by a qualified technician,
abuse and damage beyond normal wear and tear will void this warranty.


  • 22w Power
    Preamp valves: 6 x 12AX7
  • Power valves: 2 x 6V6GT
  • Valve Rectifier: GZ34
  • Rough Brown w/Wheat grille
  • Valve Driven Spring Reverb and Tremolo
  • Custom Wound Transformers
  • Jupiter Yellow Vintage Tone Capacitors
  • TAD BIPOLAR Cathode Bypass Capacitors
  • Carbon Comp/Film Resistors
  • Handwired Circuitry
  • High quality valve sockets, no rattling like the NOS ones
  • Footswitch for Reverb + Tremolo
  • WGS G12C Speaker