History and specifications
First released in 2007, the idea of the Vintage Modern was to create an amp that can produce vintage sounds but with modern features. Given the emergence of more gain and more features, Steve Dawson explained that the JTM45 never evolved into what he had hoped it would do. This pushed him to create a modern version of the JTM45 with new features including a master volume and effects loop. Initially, Steve had expressed that he wasn’t interested in putting the reverb feature on the Vintage Modern - he argued that it wasn’t necessary - however, it was ultimately included to give people the option if they wanted to use it or not.
Like the very early JTM45 100W, the Vintage Modern uses KT66 power amp tubes. As a guitar player himself, Steve Dawson wanted to produce an amp that would suit any guitar from humbuckers to single coils and decided that the gain control was split in two. One control for the high frequency part of your sound and the other for the low frequencies. These controls give the Vintage Modern tonal flexibility and allows the player to fine tune the amp to their guitar. If you’re a strat player wanting a bit more oomph then you can add more body and if you're playing a humbucker wanting a more edge you can add more detail.