Owner’s Manual
Heritage R-12R Guitar Amplifier
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
1. Read these instructions. been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to
rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or
has been dropped.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Clean only with a dry cloth.
7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in
accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
8. Do not install near any heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug
has two blades with one wider than the other. A
grounding-type plug has two blades and a third
grounding prong. The wide blade or the third
prong are provided for your safety. If the provided
plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked
on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and the point where they exit from
the apparatus.
11. Only use attachments/accessories specified
by the manufacturer.
12. Use only with a cart, stand,
tripod, bracket, or table specified
by the manufacturer, or sold with
the apparatus. When a cart is used,
use caution when moving the cart/
apparatus combination to avoid
injury from tip-over.
PORTABLE CART
WARNING
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms
or when unused for long periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as
power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has
15. Do not overload wall outlets and extension
cords as this can result in a risk of fire or electric
shock.
16. This apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing, and no object filled with
liquids, such as vases or beer glasses, shall be
placed on the apparatus.
17. This apparatus has been designed with Class-I
construction and must be connected to a mains
socket outlet with a protective earthing connection
(the third grounding prong).
18. The MAINS plug or an appliance coupler is
used as the disconnect device, so the disconnect
device shall remain readily operable.
19. For the terminals marked with symbol of “ ”
may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock. The external wiring connected to the terminals requires installation by an instructed person or the used of ready-made leads or cords.
CAUTION
AVIS
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK. DO NOT OPEN
RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE. NE PAS OUVRIR
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK)
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL
ATTENTION: POUR EVITER LES RISQUES DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE, NE PAS ENLEVER LE COUVERCLE.
AUCUN ENTRETIEN DE PIECES INTERIEURES PAR L'USAGER.
CONFIER L'ENTRETIEN AU PERSONNEL QUALIFIE.
AVIS: POUR EVITER LES RISQUES D'INCENDIE OU D'ELECTROCUTION, N'EXPOSEZ PAS CET ARTICLE
A LA PLUIE OU A L'HUMIDITE
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle is
intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated "dangerous
voltage" within the product's enclosure, that may be of sufficient magnitude
to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
Le symbole éclair avec point de flèche à l'intérieur d'un triangle équilatéral
est utilisé pour alerter l'utilisateur de la présence à l'intérieur du coffret de
"voltage dangereux" non isolé d'ampleur suffisante pour constituer un risque
d'éléctrocution.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the
user of the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.
Le point d'exclamation à l'intérieur d'un triangle équilatéral est employé
pour alerter les utilisateurs de la présence d'instructions importantes pour le
fonctionnement et l'entretien (service) dans le livret d'instruction
accompagnant l'appareil.
WARNING — To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not
expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
Correct disposal of this product: This symbol indicates that this product should not be disposed of with your household waste,
according to the WEEE directive (2002/96/EC) and your national law. This product should be handed over to an authorized collection site for recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). Improper handling of this type of waste could have a
possible negative impact on the environment and human health due to potentially hazardous substances that are generally associated with EEE. At the same time, your cooperation in the correct disposal of this product will contribute to the effective usage
of natural resources. For more information about where you can drop off your waste equipment for recycling, please contact your
local city office, waste authority, or your household waste disposal service.
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NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply
with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of
the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which
can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of
the following measures:
ATTENTION — Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de
bruits radioélectriques dépassant las limites applicables aux appareils numériques de class A/de class B (selon le cas) prescrites dans le réglement sur le brouillage radioélectrique édicté
par les ministere des communications du Canada.
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and the
receiver.
•
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different
from that to which the receiver is connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for
help.
According to OSHA, any exposure in excess of these permissible limits could result in some hearing loss. To ensure
against potentially dangerous exposure to high sound pressure
levels, it is recommended that all persons exposed to equipment
capable of producing high sound pressure levels use hearing protectors while the equipment is in operation. Ear plugs or protectors in the ear canals or over the ears must be worn when
operating the equipment in order to prevent permanent hearing
loss if exposure is in excess of the limits set forth here:
CAUTION: Changes or modifications to this device not expressly
approved by LOUD Technologies Inc. could void the user's authority
to operate the equipment under FCC rules.
This apparatus does not exceed the Class A/Class B (whichever
is applicable) limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus as set out in the radio interference regulations of the
Canadian Department of Communications.
Exposure to extremely high noise levels may cause permanent
hearing loss. Individuals vary considerably in susceptibility to noiseinduced hearing loss, but nearly everyone will lose some hearing
if exposed to sufficiently intense noise for a period of time. The
U.S. Government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) has specified the permissible noise level exposures shown
in the following chart.
Duration, per
day in hours
8
6
4
3
2
1.5
1
Sound
Level dBA, Slow
Response
90
92
95
97
100
102
105
0.5
0.25 or less
110
115
Typical Example
Duo in small club
Subway Train
Very loud classical music
The boss screaming at his minions about
manual deadlines
Loudest parts at a rock concert
CONSIGNES DE SECURITE IMPORTANTES
- LIRE, SUIVRE TOUTES LES INSTRUCTIONS ET LES PRECAUTIONS D’UTILISATION
- NE PAS UTILISER PROCHE D’UNE SOURCE DE CHALEUR ET NE PAS BLOQUER OU OBSTRUER LE SYSTEME DE VENTILATION SUR CET APPAREIL. POUR UNE
UTILISATION CONFORME, CET APPAREIL NECESSITE ENVIRON 7CM D’ESPACE BIEN VENTILE AUTOUR DE SON SYSTEME DE REFROIDISSEMENT, AINSI QU’UN COURANT
D’AIR FRAIS CONSTANT
- NE PAS UTILISER CET APPAREIL PROCHE D’UNE SOURCE LIQUIDE
- NETTOYER SEULEMENT A L’AIDE D’UN CHIFFON DOUX ET SEC ET NE PAS UTILISER DE PRODUITS MENAGERS
- CONNECTER UNIQUEMENT LE CABLE D’ALIMENTATION FOURNI SUR UNE PRISE AVEC MISE A LA TERRE, ET COMPATIBLE AVEC LA TENSION, L’INTENSITE ET LA
FREQUENCE REQUISES INDIQUEES SUR LA FACE ARRIERE DE L’APPAREIL
- S’ASSURER DE NE PAS MARCHER, PLIER OU TIRER SUR LE CABLE D’ALIMENTATION
- DEBRANCHER L’APPAREIL LORS D’UNE TEMPETE OU LORS D’UNE TRES LONGUE PERIODE DE NON UTILISATION
- UTILISER UNIQUEMENT DES ACCESSOIRES SPECIFIES PAR LE FABRICANT POUR UNE UTILISATION EN TOUTE SECURITE ET POUR EVITER DES BLESSURES
- ATTENTION: AFIN DE PREVENIR TOUT RISQUE DE CHOCS ELECTRIQUES OU DE DEBUT D’INCENDIE, NE PAS EXPOSER CET APPAREIL A LA PLUIE ET A L’HUMIDITE
- TOUT ENTRETIEN DOIT ETRE FAIT PAR UN TECHNICIEN QUALIFIE
- NOS AMPLIFICATEURS PEUVENT PRODUIRE DE TRES HAUTES PRESSIONS ACOUSTIQUES QUI PEUVENT CAUSER DES DOMMAGES AUDITIFS PERMANENTS OU
DEFINITIFS. L’UTILISER AVEC UNE GRANDE PRECAUTION EST CONSEILLE ET DES PROTECTIONS AUDITIVES SONT RECOMMANDEES POUR UNE UTILISATION A FORT
VOLUME.
- ATTENTION: CET APPAREIL REQUIERT UNE PRISE MURALE AVEC MISE A LA TERRE, AUX NORMES ACTUELLES ET COMPATIBLE AVEC LES SPECIFICATIONS
ELECTRIQUES SE TROUVANT EN FACE ARRIERE DE L’APPAREIL. LA PRISE ELECTRIQUE DOIT RESTER ACCESSIBLE POUR DEBRANCHER L’APPAREIL EN CAS DE DEFAUT
PENDANT L’UTILISATION
- CET APPAREIL DOIT ETRE DEBRANCHE SI IL N’EST PAS UTILISE
Elimination correcte du produit : Ce symbole indique que ce produit ne doit pas être éliminé avec les ordures ménagères, comme le prévoiT la directive WEEE (2002/96/
EC) et votre loi nationale.
Ce produit doit être remis à un site de recyclage des déchets électriques et des équipements électroniques (EEE).
Un mauvais recyclage de ce type de déchet peut avoir de possibles impacts négatifs sur l’environnement et la santé humaine dus aux émanations de substances.
Dans un même temps, votre coopération à un recyclage correct de ce produit contribuera à la bonne utilisation des ressources naturelles.
Pour connaître l’endroit où il est possible de recycler ces équipements, merci de contacter votre mairie, les services de recyclages ou le service des déchets ménagers.
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Heritage R-12R Guitar Amplifier
Features:
Table of Contents:
• Hand-wired and assembled in the U.S.A.
Important Safety Instructions
2
• 2012 Limited edition production
Introduction / Features
3
Heritage R-12R Top Panel
5
• Classic Ampeg Reverberocket design
• Only 100 units available
Heritage R-12R Rear Panel
6
• Hand-wired on an eyelet board like the 1961 original
Important Information About Tubes
7
• All-tube design with octal tube preamp for warm, deep tone
Heritage R-12R Block Diagram
10
Heritage R-12R Specifications
11
• Tube-driven reverb and tremolo
Heritage R-12R Service Information
12
Introduction
• Selectable modes for ultimate
power control
• Vintage – 15 watts (triode)
• Full – 30 watts (tetrode)
The Ampeg Heritage R-12R
Reverberocket is a stunning recreation of the world’s first guitar amp with reverb.
Hand-wired and assembled in the U.S.A.,
this incredible reissue offers the authentic
tube-driven reverb and smooth, sweet tremolo that made the original one of the most revered guitar combos ever.
• High-grade tubes
• Preamp – 2 x 6SL7 & 2 x 6SN7
• Rectifier – 1 x 5AR4
• Power amp – 2 x 6L6GC
High-grade tubes, including the signature octal preamp tubes, deliver a selectable 15 or 30 watts to the premium Celestion® Alnico Gold speaker,
chosen only after intensive listening tests to ensure the authentic vintage tone.
Completing the Heritage look, the
chrome-plated chassis, Black Diamond tolex and meticulous construction are as high-quality and beautiful as the signature tone of this classic guitar amplifier.
• Premium 12" Celestion® Alnico Gold
speaker (8 )
• External speaker jack (8
)
• Dual inputs (Bright and Normal)
• High-quality Heritage enclosure
• Chrome-plated chassis
• Baltic birch and poplar
• Dovetail joint box construction
• Black Diamond tolex with vintage grille cloth
• Chrome-plated 2-button footswitch for Tremolo and Echo ON / OFF control
• Dimensions (H x W x D): 19" x 21" x 11.3"
• Weight: 55 lb / 43.5 kg
In order to get the most out of the Heritage R-12R, please read this manual
before you begin playing.
Best of luck in all of your musical
endeavors!
Sincerely,
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The dedicated team at Ampeg
Heritage R-12R Guitar Amplifier
Heritage R-12R Top Panel
ON
FULL
4
5
TREMELO
6
STANDBY
2
1
VINTAGE
2
9
0
10
4
7
ECHO
5 6
1
9
0
10
4
7
3
8 2
5
6
8 2
1
9
0
10
4
7
3
5
6
7
3
8 2
1
9
B
T
8
1
9
0
10
MODEL R-12R
INTENSITY
SPEED
DIMENSION
TONE
VOLUME
3
4
5
6
7
8
1. ON/OFF SWITCH: Use this switch to
turn the overall system power on or
off. Always turn this switch ON first and
OFF last! Turn the Full/Standby/Vintage
switch [2] to Full or Vintage at least 30
seconds after turning on the On/Off
switch.
2. FULL/STANDBY/VINTAGE SWITCH:
Use this switch to activate the amplifier
after the On/Off switch [1] is turned
on. Always make sure this switch is
in STANDBY mode when powering the
Heritage R-12R ON or OFF [1]. Allow
at least 30 seconds before selecting
between Full or Vintage. During short
breaks this switch should be set to the
Standby position to help prolong the life
of the amplifier’s tubes.
6
3
8 2
1
OFF
5
4
7
3
From Standby, users may now select
between a “Full” 30 watts rms tone or
“Vintage” 15 watts rms tone.
3. INDICATOR LAMP: The indicator lamp
illuminates red when the amplifier is
turned on...powered up, that is.
4.INTENSITY: This control adjusts the amount of the tremolo’s intensity.
With the control fully counter-clockwise,
there is no intensity applied; as the control is turned clockwise, the amount of intensity increases accordingly. Dude, intense.
5.SPEED: This control adjusts the speed of the tremolo. The speed is slowest fully counter-clockwise, BRIGHT
NORMAL
INPUTS
9
10
resulting in a slower response. As the control is turned clockwise, the
speed increases, resulting in a faster
response.
Note: The Intensity control [4] must be
turned up at least a little to hear the
effect of the Speed control.
6.DIMENSION: This control adjusts the amount of echo. With the control
fully counter-clockwise, there is no echo applied; as the control is turned clockwise, the amount of echo increases accordingly.
7.TONE: Use this to adjust the overall
tone. Add bass/depth by turning this
knob to the left (“B”) or turn it to the
right for more treble/highs (“T”). The
tone is flattest [equal amounts of bass
and treble] at the center position.
8.VOLUME: This controls the overall output level of the amplifier. Use it
wisely, and turn it down when making
connections.
9.BRIGHT: The signal output from an instrument (active or passive) may be
connected to this 1/4" input by means
of a shielded instrument cable. This
input provides a high-frequency boost
compared to the “Normal” input [10], for a brightier, punchier sound.
10.NORMAL: The signal output from an instrument (active or passive) may be
connected to this 1/4" input by means
of a shielded instrument cable.
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Heritage R-12R Rear Panel
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12, 13
11. EXT SPEAKER: Use this 1/4" TS output jack to connect the amplifier to an 8 extension speaker. The internal speaker remains active when an extension speaker is connected.
Use a speaker cable with 1/4" TS ends only to make the connection. Do not use instrument cables as they may overheat.
12. AC LINE CORD: The grounded power cord should only be plugged into a grounded power outlet that meets all applicable electrical codes,
and is compatible with the voltage,
power, and frequency requirements
stated on the rear panel.
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Note: Do not attempt to defeat the
safety ground connection.
13. ECHO/TREMOLO FOOT SWITCH: The included Chrome-plated R-12R dual
foot switch allows for “remote control”
of Tremolo [4, 5] and Echo [6].
Heritage R-12R Guitar Amplifier
Important information about tubes
A brief history of the tube:
In 1883, Thomas Edison discovered that electrons would flow from a suspended filament when enclosed
in an evacuated lamp. Years later, in 1905, John Ambrose Fleming expanded on Edison’s discovery and
created the “Fleming Valve”. Then, in 1907, Dr. Lee de Forest added a third component – the grid – to
“Fleming’s Valve” and the vacuum tube was a fact of life. The door to electronic amplification was now
open.
During World War II, data gleaned from their intensive research on the detectors used in radar systems
led Bell Telephone Laboratories to the invention of the transistor. This reliable little device gained quick
support as the new component for amplification. The death of the vacuum tube seemed imminent as
designers, scientists, and engineers reveled in the idea of replacing large, fragile glass tubes with these
small, solid-state devices.
However, there were (and still are) many serious listeners who realized that the sound produced by a
“transistor” amplifier is significantly different from that produced by a tube amplifier with identical design
specifications. They considered the sound produced by these new solid-state devices to be hard, brittle,
and lifeless. It was determined that solid-state devices produced a less musical set of harmonics than
tubes. When pushed past their limits, they tend to mute the tone and emphasize the distortion.
Tubes, on the other hand, produce a more musical set of harmonics, the intensity of which may be
controlled by the player. This characteristic adds warmth and definition to the sound which has become
the hallmark of tube amplifiers. When tubes are driven into clipping, the harmonic overtones can be both
sweet and pleasing or intense and penetrating, depending on the musician’s taste and playing technique.
Over the years, application engineers have designed a number of outstanding solid-state amplifiers that
sound very, very good. Some use special circuitry which enables them to simulate distortion characteristics of a tube amplifier. However, the tube amplifier, still held in the highest esteem by many
musicians, offers a classic “vintage” sound in a contemporary market.
Tube types and usage:
The Ampeg Heritage R-12R contains three types of tubes: preamplifier tubes, power tubes and a rectifier
tube.
Preamplifier tubes amplify the signal from the instrument and shape the sound. They are inherently microphonic (mechanically pick up and transmit external noises). Since these tubes are used in the critical
first stages of a tube amplifier’s circuitry, it is very important that any replacements are high-quality, low
noise/low microphonic tubes for this application. Although tubes of this quality may be difficult to find and
typically cost more than “off-the-shelf” tubes, the improvement in performance is worth the investment.
The preamplifier tubes in the Ampeg Heritage R-12R are two 6SL7 and two 6SN7. These tubes use larger, octal, sockets and are physically larger than most typical preamp tubes (12AX7 / 12AT7 / 12AU7 / ECC81 / ECC82 / ECC83 / 7025). The Ampeg Heritage team chose these tubes for period
authenticity. The 6SL7 preamplifier tube closest to the power tubes is used to drive the power tubes. It is possible to change the sound of the amplifier by changing the type of preamp and/or driver tubes.
When making any modification to your equipment, it is highly recommended that you consult with a qualified service center.
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Tube types and usage continued...
Power tubes are the largest tubes used in an amplifier, generate the most heat and wear out the fastest.
These tubes convert the low-level, conditioned signal from the preamplifier into a level that is sufficient
to drive the speakers. There are several types of power tubes available, each of which offers a different
performance/sound characteristic. The Ampeg Heritage R-12R uses two 6L6GC. As with the preamp tube
selection, the 6L6GC was selected for period authenticity. When replacing power tubes, please replace
them with a tested, matched pair and have the amp rebiased by a qualified service center. It is possible to
change the sound of the amplifier by changing the type of power tubes. When making any modification to
your equipment, it is highly recommended that you consult with a qualified service center.
Rectifier tubes convert the high voltage AC from the power transformer to a high voltage DC supply that
powers all the other tubes. Rectifier tubes give the amplifier much of the compression “feel” as maximum
output power is approached. This, in turn, is one of the keys to an amplifier’s responsiveness to the musician. The Ampeg Heritage R-12R uses a single 5AR4 for rectification. Like all of the other tubes,
these rectifier tubes were also chosen for period authenticity. When making any modification to your
equipment, it is highly recommended that you consult with a qualified service center.
The nature of tubes – why (and when) to replace them:
Tubes are made up of a number of fragile mechanical components that are vacuum-sealed in a glass envelope or bubble. The tube’s longevity is based on a number of factors which include how hard and
often the amplifier is played, vibration from the speakers, road travel, repeated setup and tear down, etc.
Any time you notice a change in the amplifier’s performance, check the tubes first.
If it’s been awhile since the tubes were replaced and the sound from the amplifier lacks punch, fades in
and out, loses highs or lows or produces unusual sounds, the power tubes probably need to be replaced.
If the amplifier squeals, makes noise, loses gain, starts to hum, lacks “sensitivity”, or feels as if it is working against you, the preamplifier tubes may need to be replaced.
The power tubes are subjected to considerably more stress than the preamplifier tubes. Consequently,
they almost always fail/degrade first. If deteriorating power tubes aren’t replaced, they will ultimately fail.
Depending on the failure mode, they may even cause severe damage to the audio output transformer
and/or other components in the amplifier. Replacing the tubes before they fail completely has the potential
to save time, money and other unwanted troubles. Since power tubes work together in an amplifier, it is
crucial that they (if there is more than one) be replaced by a matched set. If you are on the road a lot, we recommend that you carry a spare matched set of replacement power tubes and their associated driver
tubes.
After turning off the power and disconnecting the amplifier from the power source, carefully check the
tubes (in bright light) for cracks, white spots inside the glass or any apparent damage. Then, with the
power on, view the tubes in a darkened room. Look for the preamplifier tubes that do not glow at all or
power tubes that glow excessively red.
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The nature of tubes continued...
Whenever replacing power tube(s):
• Always have the amplifier’s bias voltage checked by a qualified service center. Improper bias voltage
will cause degradation in performance and possibly damage tubes and/or the amplifier. (See the section
below titled “The importance of proper biasing” for more information on this subject).
• We highly recommend replacing the driver tube(s), as well. The driver tube determines the shape and
amplitude of the signal applied to the power tube(s) and has to work almost as hard as the power tube(s).
You may check the preamplifier tubes for microphonics by turning the amplifier on, turning up the gain and
tapping lightly on each tube with the end of a pencil or a chopstick. You will be able to hear the tapping
through the speakers, which is normal. It is not normal for a tube to ring like a bell after it is tapped. If it
does ring, then it is microphonic and should be replaced. Remember to use only high quality, low microphonic tubes in the preamplifier section.
Even though power tubes are rarely microphonic, they should be checked, anyway. The power tubes may
be checked for microphonics just like the preamp tubes.
In the case of very high gain amps, you may be able to reduce the amount of noise generated by simply
swapping the preamp tubes around.
The importance of proper biasing:
For the best performance and longest tube life, proper biasing is imperative. Bias (in fixed bias circuits)
is the negative voltage which is applied to the power tube’s control grid to set the level of idle current.
We cannot over emphasize the difference in warmth of tone and dynamic response that come with proper
biasing. If the bias is set too high (overbiased), the sound from the amp will be distorted at all levels. If the
bias is set too low (underbiased), the power tubes will run hot (the plates inside the tubes may glow red
due to excessive heat) and the sound from the amplifier will lack power and punch. The excessive heat
greatly reduces tube life – from a few days to as little as a few hours in extreme cases. Setting the bias
on the amp is like setting the idle on a car. If it’s too high or hot, it’s running away with you and if it’s too
low or cold it will choke when you step on it.
The bias is adjusted at the Woodinville, WA, U.S.A. factory by the dedicated Ampeg team. It is important to point out that tubes of the same type and specification typically exhibit different performance characteristics. Consequently, whenever power tubes are replaced, the bias voltage must be checked and re-adjusted to accommodate the operating parameters of the replacement tubes. The bias adjustment should be performed only by qualified service personnel with the proper, calibrated test equipment.
The bottom line:
Only 100 Ampeg Heritage R-12Rs were hand-wired and assembled in the USA. This combo comes standard with two 6SL7 and two 6SN7 preamp tubes, one 5AR4 rectifier tube and two 6L6GC power amp tubes. As mentioned earlier, replacing these tubes with different rated ones is possible, but the consequence is a completely different sound. Proceed with caution!
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BRIGHT
INPUTS
NORMAL
10
HPF
1/2
6SN7
V3A
1/2
6SL7
V1A
SEND
TONE VOLUME
TONE CONTROL
CIRCUITRY
RETURN
REVERB
DRY
1/2
6SN7
V2A
1/2
6SN7 DIMENSION
V3B
1/2
6SN7
V2B
SPEED
6L6GC
V6
1/2
6SL7
V4B
6L6GC
V5
REVERB /
TREMOLO
FOOTSWITCH
INTENSITY
1/2
6SL7
V4A
1/2
6SL7
V1B
TREMOLO
FULL /
STANDBY /
VINTAGE
SWITCH
B+
5AR4
V7
TO FILAMENTS
4Ω
8Ω
SPEAKER OUTPUTS
EXTERNAL
SPEAKER
12" 8 Ω
CELESTION
ALNICO GOLD
SPEAKER
POWER
SWITCH
Heritage R-12R Guitar Amplifier
Heritage R-12R Block Diagram
Heritage R-12R Guitar Amplifier
HERITAGE R-12R TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Preamp Tube
2 x 6SL7 & 2 x 6SN7
Power Amp Tube
2 x 6L6GC
Rectifier Tube
1 x 5AR4
Dual Inputs
Normal and Bright
Selectable Class / Bias Vintage – 15 watts (triode)
Full – 30 watts (tetrode)
)
30 watts rms @ 10% THD
Output Power Rating (8
Tremolo
Reverb
Tube-driven, bias-vary
Tube-driven, long tank, two spring, long decay
Speaker Outputs
1x8
1x8
Main:
Ext:
(Heritage R-12R cabinet)
(Max output power 30 watts rms)
Speaker Specs
Premium 12" Celestion® Alnico Gold speaker (8
1.75" voice coil diameter
34 oz. magnet
50 watt power rating
Made in England
)
Power Requirements
Japan:
North America:
UK:
EU:
Australia:
100 VAC, 50–60 Hz, 200 watts
120 VAC, 50–60 Hz, 200 watts
240 VAC, 50–60 Hz, 200 watts
220–240 VAC, 50–60 Hz, 200 watts
240 VAC, 50–60 Hz, 200 watts
Cabinet Construction
Highest quality Baltic Birch, solid Poplar and featuring dovetail joint box construction
Size (H x W x D)
19 in/483 mm x 21 in/533 mm x 11.3 in/287 mm
Weight
55 lb/43.5 kg (approximately)
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Heritage R-12R Guitar Amplifier
Service Information
If you are having a problem with the Heritage R-12R, please visit our website
(www.ampeg.com) and click on Support for service information or call Technical
Support at 1-800-898-3211 Monday – Friday during normal business hours, Pacific
Time, to receive assistance. If you are outside of the U.S., contact your local distributor
for technical support and service.
The Heritage R-12R is covered with a durable fabric-backed vinyl material, so be sure to clean with a
dry lint-free cloth. Never spray cleaning agents on the Heritage R-12R. Avoid abrasive cleansers which
would damage the finish.
Ampeg continually develops new products and improves upon existing ones. For this reason, the specifications
and information in this manual are subject to change without notice.
“Ampeg” is a registered trademark of LOUD Technologies Inc. All other brand names mentioned are trademarks
or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.
www.ampeg.com
©2012 LOUD Technologies Inc.
16220 Wood-Red Road NE • Woodinville, WA 98072
Part No. SW0933 Rev. A 08/12
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