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3rd Power DS 1 '62 Brownface User Manual

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Category: Amplifier
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ON

OFF

PLAY

STANDBY

DREAM SOLO

 4

A M P L I F I C A T I O N

VOLUME

MIDDLE

TREBLE

BASS

INPUT

‘68 Plexi

PRESENCE

U S E R ’ S   G U I D E

1 1 2   C O M B O   A M P L I F I E R S   &   H E A D S

DREAM SOLO

 SERIES

 


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Your 3RD POWER Amplifier is a professional musical instrument amplifier. The information 
contained herein is current at the time of publication. However, specifications are subject to 
change without prior notice.

PRECAUTIONS & WARNINGS

READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS.

KEEP THESE INSTRUCTIONS.

HEED ALL WARNINGS.

FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS.

YOUR AMPLIFIER IS LOUD! 
EXPOSURE TO HIGH SOUND VOLUMES MAY CAUSE PERMANENT HEARING DAMAGE ! 
Practice “safe listening.”

No user serviceable parts inside. Refer service to qualified personnel. Always unplug AC 
power before removing chassis.

IF YOU INTEND ON OPERATING THIS EQUIPMENT OUTSIDE OF THE USA: Always insure 
that unit is wired for proper voltage. Make certain all connections and grounding con-
forms with local standards. Make certain that you have obtained authorization to operate 
prior to connecting to power supply.

WARNING: Vacuum tube amplifiers generate heat. To insure proper ventilation always 
make certain there is at least four inches (100mm) of space behind the rear of the ampli-
fier cabinet.

Keep away from curtains or any flammable objects.

WARNING: Do not block any ventilation openings on the rear or top of the amplifier. Do 
not impede ventilation by placing objects on top of the amplifier which extend past the 
rear edge of its cabinet.

WARNING: Do not expose the amplifier to rain, moisture, dripping or splashing water. Do 
not place objects filled with liquids on or nearby the amplifier.

WARNING: Always make certain proper load is connected before operating the amplifier. 
Failure to do so could pose a shock hazard and may result in damage to the amplifier.

Do not expose amplifier to direct sunlight or extremely high temperatures.

Always insure that amplifier is properly grounded. Always unplug AC power cord before 
changing fuse or any tubes. When replacing fuse, use only same type and rating.

Avoid direct contact with heated tubes. Keep amplifier away from children.

Be sure to connect to an AC power supply that meets the power supply specifications 
listed on the rear of the unit. Remove the power plug from the AC mains socket if the unit 
is to be stored for an extended period of time. If there is any danger of lightning occurring 
nearby, remove the power plug from the wall socket in advance.

To avoid damaging your speakers and other music equipment, turn off the power of all 
related equipment before making the connections.

Do not use excessive force in handling control buttons, switches and controls. Do not 
use solvents such as benzene or paint thinner to clean the unit. Wipe off the exterior with 
soft cloth.

 


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Thank you for choosing 3RD 
POWER as an integral compo-
nent of  your musical journey. 

Music is a thrilling blend of  
tone, attitude and technique. 
When the right combination 
occurs, magic happens and it’s 
experienced by everyone. 

I’ve had the extraordinary 

privilege of  performing music for 30 years on stage and in the studio. 
As the principal visionary of  the company, every product we design re-
flects my energy, attitude and life experiences. 

Each amplifier we create is designed to help you tell your musical story 
- IN 3D!!!

Rock on!
- James Scott

MOVING FORWARD... IN 3D

 


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Special Features:

• Hand-built and hand-wired in the USA
• Single Channel All-Tube design
• 22w 6V6 Power Amp section 
• ’62 “brownface” Channel with Volume and Tone controls plus Bright 

Switch or,

• ’65 “blackface” Channel with Volume, Treble and Bass controls plus 

Bright Switch or,

• ’59 “AC” Channel EF86 Preamp Pentode topology with Volume, Bril-

liance and High Cut controls or,

• ’68 “Plexi” Channel 12AX7 Preamp Triode topology with Volume, 

Treble, Middle and Bass controls

• Global Presence control
• 112 Combo Version features patent-pending FlexCAB™ speaker enclo-

sure design

Dimensions & Weights:

Subject to change anytime. Please measure your amp carefully if  a custom case is 
being made. These measurements do not include handle and rubber feet.

Combo Dimensions (WxHxD)

21 x 18.875 x 10 in.

Combo Weight

44 lb.

 


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Preparing to Operate your Dream Solo

Make certain that all connections are made prior to operating your Dream Solo 
amplifier including power cable, speaker connection, instrument cable and in-
strument connection. Make certain that all tubes are installed.

Power Switch (1)

The POWER switch, when placed in the UP position, provides AC wall power to 
the amplifier.

Standby Switch (2)

The STANDBY switch, when placed in the DOWN position, puts the amplifier in 
‘standby mode’ allowing the tubes to warm up. When this switch is place in the 
UP position, the tube circuitry is fully functional and ready to amplify your guitar 
signal. 

Presence Control (3)

The global PRESENCE control allows you to adjust the character or ‘forward-
ness’ of  your sound. Low settings create ‘warmer’ tones, whereas higher settings 
create a ‘brilliant’ or crisp sound.

Front Panel: All Models

1

2

3

ON

OFF

PLAY

STANDBY

DREAM SOLO

A M P L I F I C A T I O N

PRESENCE

 


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Input Jack (4)

The INPUT jack is where you connect instrument level signals. 

Bright Switch (5)

The BRIGHT SWITCH allows you to emphasize the higher frequencies of  your 
sound.

Volume Control (6)

The VOLUME control allows you to adjust the signal level as well as the tem-
perament and overall character of  your instrument’s sound. The Brownface chan-
nel has been optimized to provide superb versatility with a particular emphasis on 
mid-range frequencies.

Tone Control (7)

The TONE control of  the Brownface channel allows you to adjust the tonal em-
phasis of  your sound from ‘dark’ to ‘bark’. This control also works in conjunction 
with the VOLUME control and will have a subtle yet substantial affect on the 
level of  perceived instrument gain. 

Front Panel: Brownface Channel

5

6

7

4

VOLUME

TONE

brownface

INPUT

B

R

I

G

H

T

 


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Input Jack (4)

The INPUT jack is where you connect instrument level signals. 

Bright Switch (5)

The BRIGHT SWITCH allows you to emphasize the higher frequencies of  your 
sound.

Volume Control (6)

The VOLUME control allows you to adjust the signal level as well as the tem-
perament and overall character of  your instruments sound. The Blackface chan-
nel has been optimized to provide superb versatility with a particular emphasis on 
refining the mid-range frequencies to deliver a fuller, or ‘wider’ sounding tone.

Treble Control (7)

The TREBLE control allows you to adjust the character of  the higher frequency 
range. The TREBLE circuitry has been optimized to deliver excellent high fre-
quency character while retaining a smooth temperament.

Bass Control (8)

The BASS control allows you to adjust the depth of  your lower frequencies. The 
BASS circuitry has been optimized to provide deep, rich low frequencies.

Front Panel: Blackface Channel

4

5

6

7

8

 


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Input Jack (4)

The INPUT jack is where you connect instrument level signals. 

Volume Control (5)

The VOLUME control allows you to adjust the signal level as well as the tem-
perament and overall character of  your instrument’s sound. The ’59 AC channel 
has been optimized to provide superb versatility emphasized to deliver rich low 
frequencies, broad mid-range frequencies and chiming high frequencies.

Brilliance Control (6)

The BRILLIANCE control allows you to adjust the tonal emphasis of  your sound 
from ‘wide’ to ‘narrow’. 

• “OFF” Position: Wide and full range of  frequencies. Excellent choice for sin-

gle coil and P90 or similarly equipped electric guitars.

• “1” Position: Gentle roll-off  of  low frequencies. Excellent choice with hum-

bucking equipped electric guitars.

• “2” Position:  Dramatic roll-off  of  low and low mid frequencies. Excellent 

choice with all electric guitars to achieve an authentic British Invasion guitar 
sound.

Top Cut Control (7)

The TOP CUT control allows you to adjust the tonal emphasis of  your high fre-
quencies. This control also works in conjunction with the VOLUME and BRIL-
LIANCE control and will have a subtle yet substantial affect on the level of  per-
ceived instrument gain. 

Front Panel: ’59 AC Channel

5

6

7

4

INPUT

OFF

VOLUME

BRILLIANCE

TOP CUT

‘59 AC

 


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Input Jack (4)

The INPUT jack is where you connect instrument level signals. 

Volume Control (5)

The VOLUME control allows you to adjust the signal level as well as the tem-
perament and overall character of  your instruments sound. The ’68 Plexi channel 
has been optimized to provide superb versatility with a particular emphasis on 
tight mid-range frequencies to deliver a wide range of  clean, crunch to vintage 
overdrive and sustain.

Treble Control (6)

The TREBLE control allows you to adjust the character of  the higher frequency 
range. The TREBLE circuitry has been optimized to deliver excellent high fre-
quency character while retaining a smooth temperament.

Middle Control (7)

The MIDDLE control allows you to adjust the emphasis of  the mid-range fre-
quencies. The MIDDLE circuitry has been optimized to deliver excellent ‘in your 
face’ character while retaining a vintage, warm or smooth temperament.

Bass Control (8)

The BASS control allows you to adjust the depth of  your lower frequencies. The 
BASS circuitry has been optimized to provide focussed yet rich low frequencies.

Front Panel: ’68 Plexi Channel

4

5

6

7

8

VOLUME

MIDDLE

TREBLE

BASS

INPUT

‘68 Plexi

 


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AC Input (A)

The AC INPUT socket (TYPE IEC Grounded) is a required connection for oper-
ating your DREAM SOLO™ at 120V (standard USA household electrical power). 

Fuses (B)

The MAINS FUSE requires a 2 AMP fast-acting fuse. This fuse protects your 
amplifier from voltage peaks from your power outlet.  

The H.T. FUSE requires a 0.5 AMP slow-blow fuse. The H.T. FUSE usually 
blows if  your power amp tubes are bad to protect the circuit from being damaged. 

SAFETY NOTES:

• Always plug your amp into a properly grounded 3 prong AC outlet. 
• Never plug your amp into an ungrounded outlet. 
• Never remove or break off  the 3rd prong safety ground pin from the 

power cord. 

• Never use a damaged or ungrounded power cord.
• Always use the proper value and type fuse according to the rear-panel 

markings.

• Never attempt to replace the fuse while the amplifier is still plugged into 

the power source. The fuse should only be replaced when the power cord 
has been disconnected from its power source.

A

C

B

Back Panel:

0.25 A

TYPE: 3AG 250V

SLO-BLO

CAUTION

RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK

DO NOT OPEN

WARNING:  SHOCK HAZARD – DO NOT OPEN. TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK REPLACE FUSES WITH SAME 

TYPE AND RATING. DO NOT EXPOSE THIS EQUIPMENT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE. TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO 

NOT REMOVE COVER. NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.

TYPE: 3AG 250V

SLO-BLO

A

CAUTION: CHASSIS SURFACE HOT!

16Ω

8Ω

4Ω

NEVER OPERATE WITHOUT

SPEAKERS CONNECTED.

CONNECT SPEAKERS TO ONE

OUTPUT ONLY - 16Ω, 8Ω or 4Ω.

/

DREAM SOLO

EFFECTS INSERT

MAX

MIN

SEND

RETURN

SPEAKER OUTPUTS

HybridMASTER

D

E

 


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Speaker Outputs (C)

The 16-OHM SPEAKER OUTPUT is provided for connecting your amplifier to 
standard 16 OHM speaker cabinet.

The 8-OHM SPEAKER OUTPUT is provided for connecting your amplifier to 
single 8-OHM speaker, such as the internal speaker for the combo unit.

The 4-OHM DISCREET SPEAKER OUTPUTs are provided for connecting 
your amplifier to single 4-OHM speaker cabinet.

SAFETY NOTES:

• Never operate your amplifier without a connected speaker cabinet. This 

will damage your tubes or transformers - or both. 

• Always operate your amplifier with the proper impedance output that 

matches your speaker cabinets(s). 

• In all cases, always use a good quality heavy gauge speaker cable (not a 

shielded instrument cable) to connect your DREAM SOLO to the 
speaker cabinet.

HybridMASTER™ (D)

The HYBRID MASTER control allows you to set the overall volume level of  the 
amplifier independent of  the volume and tone settings established on the front 
panel.  This is a patent-pending circuit design developed by 3rd Power and is 
available exclusively on Dream and Dream Solo series amplifiers.

Effects Insert (E)

The EFFECTS INSERT of  the DREAM SOLO is designed to allow you to in-
sert an effects device (most often, time-based effects like delay or reverb) after the 
preamp and before the power amp. When no effects device is present, this circuit 
is completely bypassed to deliver a direct signal path between the preamp and 
power amp stage. 

Back Panel:

 


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The SEND jack is provided for inserting an effects device. Connect the SEND 
jack to the INPUT of  your effects device.

The RETURN jack is provided for inserting an effects device. Connect the RE-
TURN jack to the OUTPUT of  your effects device.

FX Loop Notes:

• This is a line-level effects insert that is best suited for professional rack-

mount effects devices. 

• Best performance is achieved by minimizing patch cable length.
• When cable runs are over 5 - 10 feet it may be beneficial to use an exter-

nal effects buffer device on the SEND connection.

Operational Notes:

Tube Layout and Requirements:

Model 1: V1 (JJ 12AX7A), V2 (Sovtek 12AX7LPS)
Model 2: V1 - V2 (JJ 12AX7A), V3 (Sovtek 12AX7LPS)
Model 3: V1 (JJ EF806), V2 (JJ 12AX7A), V3 (Sovtek 12AX7LPS)
Model 4: V1 - V2 (JJ 12AX7A), V3 (Sovtek 12AX7LPS)
All Models: JJ 6V6 output tubes

Back Panel:

TUBE CHART

V1

V5

V4

V2

V3

 


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Bias Adjustment

Your DREAM SOLO comes from the factory biased for 6V6 tubes. Bias adjust-
ments are not intended to be user-serviceable. Attempting to adjust the bias your-
self  will expose you to very dangerous high-voltage electricity that can kill you. 
Special test equipment and knowledge of  amp circuits and tubes are required to 
perform this function. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DO THIS YOURSELF. 

Tube Replacement

WE RECOMMEND TAKING YOUR AMPLIFIER TO A QUALIFIED 
TECHNICIAN FOR SERVICING YOUR TUBES. Make certain the amplifier is 
turned off  and has been allowed ample time to cool down. Be very careful when 
you remove the tubes as they might still be very hot! Do not touch tube sockets 
with fingers! Even after turning your amp off  and unplugging it from the power 
outlet there could be enough voltage stored in the capacitors to give you a lethal 
electrical shock. 

WARNING:

• Do not remove the back panel.
• Do not attempt to check or replace tubes yourself. Refer to an authorized 

service center. 

• Never touch the tubes while the amplifier is turned on or has recently 

been turned ON. You can severely burn your fingers and hands.

Back Panel:

 


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LIMITED WARRANTY

Thank you for choosing 3RD POWER Amplification. 3RD POWER takes great pride in producing 
high-quality tube amplifiers and speaker cabinets. Each product is thoroughly tested prior to shipment.

DREAM SOLO™ amplifiers are warranted to the original purchaser to be free from defects in material 

and workmanship for a period of  thirty-three and one third years from the original date of  purchase. An 
original sales receipt will establish coverage under this warranty. This warranty does not cover service 
or parts to repair damage caused by accident, neglect, abuse, normal wear, disaster, misuse, over-

powering, negligence, inadequate packing or shipping procedures and service, repair or modifications to 
the product which have not been authorized by 3RD POWER. If  this product is defective in materials 

or workmanship as warranted above, your sole remedy shall be repair or replacement as provided below.

Tubes: 3RD POWER warrants the original purchaser that the tubes used in the DREAM SOLO will be 

free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of  90 days from the original purchase date. A 
dated sales receipt will establish coverage under this warranty. This warranty is in lieu of  all other ex-

pressed warranties. If  tubes fail within the initial 90 day period your sole remedy shall be the replace-
ment of  tubes as provided below.

Return Procedures: In the unlikely event that a defect should occur, follow the procedure outlined below. 
Defective products must be shipped, together with proof  of  purchase, freight pre-paid and insured di-

rectly to 3RD POWER. A Return Authorization Number must be obtained prior to shipping the prod-
uct. Contact 3RD POWER to obtain this RA number. Products must be shipped in their original pack-
aging or equivalent. In any case, the risk of  loss or damage in transit is borne by the purchaser. The RA 

number must appear in large print directly below the shipping address. Always include a brief  descrip-
tion of  the defect, along with your correct return address and telephone number.

When calling to inquire about a returned product, always refer to the RA number. If  3RD POWER de-
termines that the unit was defective in materials or workmanship at any time during the warranty pe-

riod, 3RD POWER has the option of  repairing or replacing the product at no additional charge, except 
as set forth below. All replaced parts become property of  3RD POWER. Products replaced or repaired 

under this warranty will be returned via ground shipping within the United States, freight prepaid. 
3RD POWER is not responsible for costs associated with expedited shipping, either to 3RD POWER or 
returned of  the product to the customer.

Incidental or Consequential Damage: In no event will 3RD POWER be liable for any incidental or con-

sequential damages arising out of  the use or inability to use any 3RD POWER product, even if  a 3RD 
POWER dealer has been advised of  the possibility of  such damages or any other claim by any other 
party. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of  consequential damages, so the above limi-

tation and exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may 
also have other rights which may vary from state to state.

For your protection: Please complete and mail the Purchase Information Card within (10) ten days of  
the date of  purchase so that we may contact you directly in the event a safety notification issued in the 

accordance with the 1972 Consumer Product Safety Act.

Customer Support: Our dedicated staff  is ready to assist you should you have any questions with regard 
to your product. Please call: (615) 945-3393 (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, Central 
Standard Time).

 


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3RD POWER Amplification LLC

2020 Fieldstone Parkway

Suite 900-316

Franklin, TN  37069

Phone: (615) 945-3393

Web Site

www.3rdPower.com

Friday, April 27, 2012