Whereas the Tweed 5 is based on the 5F1 circuit, the Tweed 5c goes back even further and draws it's inspiration from the 5C1 Champ. This circuit is less refined, has an edgy and raw tone thanks to it's grid-leak biased 6SJ7 preamp valve. This pentode valve has a different tonal character to the 5F1's 12AX7, it offers warmer cleans with smooth highs and raunchy lows. The overdrive tone is classic Mississippi blues.

In honour of this classic amplifier, I've designed a cabinet to match. Whilst keeping the 5F1 cabinet's size and shape, it features Wide Panels - a featured found on the original 5C1 champs. This allows me to keep the original amplifier's looks but also incorporate the top mounted controls as found on the 5F1.

This amp is fully handwired and is a dream to record thanks to the beautifully smooth compression and warm tone.

Now available voiced for Electric Mandolin

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.


  • 3.5w Power
  • Preamp Valve: 1 x 6SJ7 (NOS)
  • Power amp Valve: 1 x 6V6GT
  • Rectifier Valve: 1 x 5Y3 (or 5V4GA upgrade)
  • Lacquered Tweed Covered, Finger Jointed Pine Cabinet
  • Custom Wound Transformers
  • Jupiter Yellow Vintage Tone Capacitors
  • Handwired Circuitry
  • High quality valve sockets, no rattling like the NOS ones
  • WGS G8C 4ohm Speaker
  • 13" x 14.5" x 8.5"