Midnight Special 5 Watt
Class A single-ended 5 Watts
self-biasing output stage
Pentode and Triode switch
Tube Rectifier 5Y3
Octal base preamp tubes 2x 6SL7
Transformless tube reverb
LAS Line Out ™ with Level Control and XLR and TRS outputs
Series FX loop
Reverb On/Off jack
Paper/oil tone capacitors
Carbon composition resistors
F&F and Sprague ATOM TVA filters
Point to point wiring
Powder coated Aluminum chassis
Handmade in USA
17 x 8 x 3.5 ; 10 lbs.
Vintage Guitar Magazine Review
Tone Quest Report - January 2003
Midnight Special Combo excerpt from the article Under 20 Watts of Whoop-Ass
Rated at 4-15W, the Special is meticulously built using premium capacitors and resistors, including many classic NOS components.
Siegmund also uses octal preamp tubes, along with a vintage NOS rectifier and single output tube.
Features include a transformer less reverb circuit that can be bypassed for extra gain, plus Volume, Mid, Treble and Bass controls, a series FX loop, high and normal power switch, Mercury Magnetics transformer and a Tone Tubby hemp cone speaker.
The Midnight Special is a great midnight-hour amp, but it also passes the test as a terrific small club amp. Its voice is deep, articulate and sophisticated.
The Special wasn't intended to be a high gain amp with intense distortion characteristics, but it excels brilliantly with overdrive pedals, and the reverb bypass does kick an extra level of crystalline gain while beautifully preserving string definition and harmonics.
The combination of P90's and the Special is absolutely orgasmic, and there is a lot of magic to be discovered in this magnificently built amp.
I've been messing around with going direct out into my 30 watt Stromberg Carlson/2x12 with cool results. Ferocious..!
I find I prefer the natural tube break-up in triode mode and clean stuff can go either way. (As you mentioned, triode mode is more relaxed and less compressed when pushing the amp.)
The EQ section is great but I'm super happy that I can bypass it when I don't need it; I've been using it bypassed often.
Same goes for the reverb.
The bright switch is a brilliant addition given the eq bypass option, nicely done!
Cheers boss, and keep up that great amp sorcery..!
I've been playing around with the MS + cabinet simulator pedal going direct to my PA system without a mixer and it's really nailing the tone:
MS, Sim pedal, Crown PowerAmp, Speaker
I get a sweet edge-of-break-up tone (and a bit more) with the EQ bypassed, and beautiful deep cleans with the EQ engaged. Awesome octal flavour and excellent control over it! The guitar cabinet simulator gets rid of the fizz from the tweeter/horn and does what it's designed to do - simulates a variety of guitar cabinets with a pretty decent degree of accuracy. There are also speaker cabinets available that allow you to adjust or defeat the tweeter, but I need that high end for my microphone since I want to run the mic simultaneously through the same cabinet. So this amp is doing exactly what I hoped it would - get a great octal tone going direct. (and as it turns out, it has plenty of volume for a small combo to boot.)
Dustin - MS Rackmount
After 15 years of owning it, I can't tell you how many people I had asking me about that little MS amp when I used to play out more than I do now.
That thing has been put through the paces and I have rarely had to mic it up. I am not sure if the stars aligned when this amp was built but something about it is amazing.
Everywhere I take it people comment on how amazing it sounds and the volume that I am able to get with it. I think I told you before that I played the MS at an outdoor venue one time and didn't have to mic up. It was amazing.
I couldn't imagine changing a thing on it, not even the wear marks on the chrome and covering. Something about that amp just floors me.
I have run it hard over the years in a lot of different situations and it never once failed.
I also played it in an iso box that got pretty hot and cranked it up. It didn't mush out one bit.
It's like I always said, that little MS amp has to be one of the best things out there in the entire world of amp building. I keep tabs on amps and what is around and there isn't much that really excites me.
Everyone seems to use the same designs with minor tweaks to components and values. There does not seem to be too much original thought going on out there.
Believe me. I have tried a lot of different amps and played a lot of different circuits. I had about 30 amps at one point before I started selling stuff off for whatever reason so I have a good base on which to judge things.
Nothing excites me like the Sound King and the MS amps. I have a couple keepers but the Siegmund amps are staying put.
Timothy Smith - MS standard combo
This amp is the most amazing thing I have ever laid my ears on!
Its the gigantic, immersive, 3D ocean of tone! I actual feel like I have found what has been missing all these years as a guitar player.
I have been constantly let down and frustrated because my ear was never satisfied and I knew it wasn't my playing that was bad, it was the amps!
Ryan Fergon - Lead Guitarist from Soulajar about his MS standard combo with Field Coil speaker
I've had a LOT of tube amps since my first Ampeg Gemini 1 in 1967.
The Midnight Special has the very best lower volume clean-to-the-edge-of-break up tones of any amp I've ever had.
Wayne Reno - MS standard combo
WOW! I'm amazed at how all the controls interact and how an infinite variety of tones can be generated. I have much to learn and experience, but I can't wait.
I'm hearing tonal differences out of my guitar (Myka 104) that cannot be heard on my other amps. I can really dig out all the tonal nuances from the guitar at any setting, and this guitar has a ton of tonal flexibility. Absolutely amazing! Without a doubt the MS is head and shoulders above any amp I have played.
Just wanted to let you know how happy I am with the amp. As much as I knew it was a very special amp when I ordered it, to be able to experience it and experiment with it has revealed much more than I ever expected.
I have never heard these tones from any other guitar amp!! Again -- Thanks so much. I feel very fortunate and blessed to have joined the Siegmund amp community!!
Bruce Basler - MS standard combo
I have quite a few amps, but if I could only take one to Heaven it would be the Midnight Special.
Mel Bernhard - MS standard combo
Chris, I want to thank you for this wonderful tone machine. While I have had only limited use of it thus far with my stratocaster, I am amazed at the different tonal qualities of the amp, and the warmth and dimension it possesses.
The tones I get are mouth watering. It's got a great vibe from clean to gritty and everything in between.
Everyone loves the sparkle finish and the hemp speakers work very well with this amp.
It is only when you compare it to other amps that you really learn of its capabilities. I'm sure as I experiment more with it there will be more surprises that are in store.
I love the reverb and the control one has over it. It is different than my other boutique amps, perhaps more subtle but again you can get the depth you want out of it without it being overbearing or shrill.
I'm loving that line out on the amp. I'm going directly into my Presonus board and it sounds phenomenal.
This amp is very special, its very clean when you want it to be and it makes all of my guitars sound better.
I am not a virtuoso on guitar but the better you sound, the better you sound and this amp gets me there, and that is all that really matters.
I am absolutely loving this amp.
... 8 months later ...
Chris - I'm sitt'in here playing an old Washburn Les Paul copy and a home made electric through that chameleon of sound you made me, and lov'in every nanosecond of it.
This reverb transcends the standard meaning of the word, al-la oingo boingo it is not. It's like the ocean is placed in the midst of the sounds I make, echoing back pleasing nuances of deeply resonant tones. I don't know, man, this is such a great experience it may just get me out of my depression.
The reverb coupled with the field coil speaker, makes the sound almost three dimensional. The clarity is such that I can almost put my fingers around the sound coming out of the speaker as if it were physical. I know sounds weird, but a simple comparison between speakers and you know what I mean.
It makes me want to play more, and experiment. Thanks again. If I could turn the world on to these amps, I would, but for now, I'm just a bedroom song writer who can share this information with just a few poor folk like myself.
Ed Case - Blue sparkle MS standard 15 Watt Head, reviewed by Vintage Guitar Magazine
Nice to play thru such a tone machine. I REALLY (really) like what the voice control does to adjust the richness of envelope. With the tone knobs interacting in the typical Siegmund shaping fashion, I can see this amp being a recording engineer's dream, especially given that the volume level with 6V6's is very manageable,
even thru a 2x12 Hemp Cone set up.
As usual with your amps, the amp has wonderful warm transparency for the guitar's inherent tones, and is perfectly suited for interaction with guitars volume and tone controls -- making the ALL the knobs involved an interactive single instrument. I felt like I was changing the size of and finishes of the room with a twist of a knob.
Each knob in the the tone stack, and the voice knob, work beautifully to dial a wonderful array of overdrive characteristics. Micro adjustments across the whole panel are potent and predictably interactive. It's so satisfying the way this head brings out the three dimensional nature of each guitar and the way it is played.
I think you have made a superb low wattage amp. ( The LAS at a live gig, mixed with mic'd speakers, will be nice to experiment with).
So basic yet so versatile - WHAT A FINE TOOL!
Peter Rockrise - MS standard 15 Watt Head
Had the entire Friday evening to play with the EQ. I like the pull bright in conjunction with the voice knob. Still finding so many different tones. I found how to set it where the notes get a slight tube distortion sound but only when you really dig in and pick it firmly. I'm a loving it. Still amazed at the dynamic 4 D reverb.
This is by far the most dynamic amplifier I've ever played thru. I've only touched the surface I know. I've been using strats with single coils. I need to buy a spiral note book and right down every different setting I like. Then it's time to break out my SG and start all over again with those buckers.
That voice knob is magical.
I've heard Dumble amps - this is so much more. So much more versatile.
Dennis - MS III head with 2x12 Tone Tubby Organic speaker cabinet
Midnight Special Standard Customer review
Midnight Special Standard in Soulajar Music
Alberto Prieto, owner of Brown War Store playing the Midnight Special Combo (Standard) with 6V6 power tube and Capehart Fieldcoil speaker
Zane Carney playing 'Take the A train' on his Midnight Special Combo (Standard)
Guitar Player Magazine Article - Zane Carney Takes Over Hollywood's Hotel Cafe
played by Zane Carney
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This is a Midnight Special 5 Watt sound clip by Dustin Neufeld
The electric guitar is an Eastman ER1 'El Rey', fully hollow carved archtop, mahogany back & sides/spruce top. Single Kinman noiseless P90 neck pickup and internal DPA 4061 mini condenser mic.
- El Rey P90 pickup into Tube Hoffman style 'Revibe' unit built by The Airtight Garage. This unit is a sort of combination/improvement of the Fender stand-alone reverb circuit and Brown tremolo circuit. Long decay 3 spring tank.
- Siegmund Rackmount MS 5 Watt, EQ & Reverb bypassed, volumes fully cranked, bright switch on, no speaker plugged in
- EHX 22500 looper pedal for recording and overdubbing.
MS 5 Watt - Lonnie's Lament Loop
Here are a few MS Standard sound samples I made with the Tone Tubby Low Watt hemp cone.
The guitar is the Suspense
I upgraded a large diaphragm condenser tube mic with a Micro Tube, Neumann U47 replacement capsule and Jensen transformer plugged into the Simplex Mic Pre
MS standard clean
MS standard overdrive
MS standard 1
MS standard 2
MS standard 3
The guitar is the Celtic Tele
MS combo Tele 1
MS combo Tele 2