The 1200 series was my favorite Bedrock amp. It had a nice fat vintage
type tone with some extra gain which really sounded good. Considering the time in which it came out - late 1980's - it totally
flew in the face of all the high gain-multi channel-midi-rack stuff that dominated the market at the time.
The 1200 series came in the following versions:
1200 Head - MSRP $1095 (1990)
1202 Combo - 2x12" speakers - MSRP $1245 (1990)
1204 Combo - 4x10" speakers - MSRP $1445 (1990)
Eminence 'Bedrock' branded speakers were stock. Fane or Celestion speakers
available at extra cost.
These amps were rated at 50 watts, but they sure sounded a lot louder than
50 watts! A lot of that was due to the higher plate voltages and huge transformers used in them. Try to pick up a 1202 combo,
these were seriously heavy amps! The amp was voiced with a lot of bottom end, they have a tendency to sound a little boomy
with too much bass dialed up. They delivered a throaty, vintage-like tone with just enough added gain without sounding buzzy
or fuzzy. The pull 'shift' added more mids and gain. I personally love this sound.
The early production 1200's were point-to-point (PTP) wired on a epoxy
board with turret lugs. If you can find one of these early ones, you've scored! Later ones used PCB circuit boards with flying
leads and chassis mounted pots and tube sockets which were still built pretty rugged, especially compared to the flimsy
crap made nowdays.
These are really under-rated amps in today's market which stand
up to a lot of the high priced boutique amps of today.
I recently heard that Joe Perry still uses his Bedrock 1200 amps for some things like slide. Kind
of cool since the company is long gone, he can afford to play anything he wants, and he still uses them.