The Dictionary defines Heretic as a noun meaning either: (1) a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church; or (2) anyone who does not conform to an established attitude, doctrine or principle. Such is the new Diamond Heretic.
Built with the same quality construction and components, the Heretic provides a thunderous, full gain tone that’s open, precise and hits you in the chest like a sledgehammer. With a similar gain style to the very tight but powerful Spitfire 2, the Heretic picks up where the Spitfire 2 leaves off. It features a clean channel and two distinct high gain settings in Channel 2.
Channel 2 also features DA’s signature dual volume/gain design. This feature gives the player the option of having two gain settings (say for a rhythm and lead tone, or more gain for chunky heavy gain-style rhythms and less gain for more precision and clarity when playing more staccato style passages) that are accessible to him on the fly.
The rear panel of the Heretic also features Diamond’s dialable “deep” function to vary low-end resonance.
The head features a perforated metal grille set in Diamond’s new Diamond-shape Tolex wrapped front panel, and an accompanying black grille on the back finished in black powder coating. Even the knobs are metal for look and feel.
The Heretic also features a real, correctly-designed effects loop. You don't need a foot switch; you don't have to push a button. Just plug a cable into the effects send and the loop activates. The loop is tube buffered and will not affect your tone.
The front panel features a master volume, which reads E. Return (effects return). When the loop is on, the E. Return knob acts as the amp's overall master - turn this knob up or down to increase or decrease the amps overall volume. When the loop is off, each channel's volume control acts as that channel's master volume.
Like all current and future Diamond Amplification products, the Heretic features the highest quality components and construction. Every component was selected and tested for this head. The Heretic uses 6 12AX7 preamp tubes and 4 Sovtek 5881's for its power stage. Each part was personally spec'd and tested by us to ensure maximum performance and reliability, from the transformers to the switches and knobs.
The head features a perforated metal grille inset in a Tolex wrapped front panel, and an accompanying black grille on the back finished in black powder coating. Even the knobs are metal for look and feel. LED's are mounted in the box to give this head its distinctive red glow. Corner irons are included on every corner to add to the strength and stability of the box.
All its channels are foot-switchable from the Heretic's footswitch (connected with a stereo cable).
THE DIAMOND PROCESS
Diamond began with one goal--give the players the tone and features they need, with the durability necessary to stand up to the abuse of the road. Now Diamond is becoming the benchmark against which all other amplifiers are judged. Diamond’s iconic high-powered amplifiers have now paved the way for a top-down redesign of Class A and vintage redefined amplifiers, proving Diamond to be the all around choice for players of any class or genre.
Hand-crafted in Texas, Diamond builds amps one way - by hand and with the finest engineering available. Each amplifier goes through a 64 point quality control test to ensure reliability and consistency. Using only the finest components available, each amp is individually crafted to ensure you have the experience you want, an amp that delivers - every time - and is Guaranteed for Life.
Diamond products continue to occupy the summit of passionate desires and performance delivered to musicians worldwide as Diamond continues to reinvent what amplifiers should be. To own one is not just a privilege. It’s an invitation to both contentment and creation.
Diamond. It's what's on-stage.
- 100 watts (4 x Sovtek 5881 - 6 x 12AX7)
- 2 fully independent channels (Channel 1 - Clean/Channel 2 - Crunch)
- Both Channels feature Volume, Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, Presence
- Dual Volume/Gain Channel 2 (switchable, allows for two gain settings with 2 volumes for level adjustment to match volumes)
- Rear panel dialable “deep” function
- 2 button footswitch included for access to Ch 1/2 or Ch2 A/B
- Ohm selector switch for 4, 8 or 16ohm output.
- Red LED's light the box for a distinctive look on stage, along with a unique silver vein front grille and etched zinc logo.
- All components specifically spec'd and tested by Diamond before inclusion in the product.
- Independent LED's indicate which volume/gain is active and whether the boost is engaged.
- Properly designed, tube-driven effects loop (shorting jack so the loop will automatically engage when cables are plugged in and disengage when cables are removed).
- Front panel Effects Return control that acts as an overall master when loop is engaged for quick overall volume adjustment.