The Cyclone

The answer to that British EF86 Based amp from the 60s

The Cyclone

In 1958, Buddy Holly and his bandmates bought three motorcycles. The others bought Triumphs, Buddy bought an Ariel Cyclone. The bike still exists and was owned by Waylon Jennings at the time of his death. I have owned this one since 1980. Here it is with my Sea Foam Green Strat ...

This amp is named in its honor, although it is more British in design than American, and is similar to the normal channel of the 15-Watt amp once used by the Beatles. It features controls for Volume, tone, master and cut. It has an EF86 preamp, 12AX7 Phase inverter, two EL84s in Push=Pull configuration and a 5AR4 Rectifier. It's about 15 Watts, just like the one back then.

Policy Change effective 5/21/2018 - If you decide the amp is not for you after a seven day trial period, I will accept a return, but there will be a 20% restocking fee and you will be responsible for shipping both ways. Any damage will be deducted from the refund. Speaker cabinets are not subject to trial periods. They are considered a final sale.

Please note: If you touch the amp with a soldering iron or make any slight change to it without my okay, your warranty is voided.


  • Head :


  • 1X12 Combo (Celestion Blue Alnico) :


  • 1X12 Combo (Weber Alnico Blue Dog) :


  • Shipping charges not included