Also known for their Dumble clones, Fuchs has produced a highly regarded Trainwreck Express inspired amp. Nonetheless, the amp makes a significant departure from original Trainwrecks: it uses a printed circuit board as opposed to the point to point construction that Fischer preferred.
Trainwrecks produce a rich and layered sound where crunchy mids combine with screaming highs and overtones multiply the longer you allow a note to sustain. Somewhere between the clean and hard rock distortion zones is an excellent, progressively overdriven sound that is perfect for blues, country, classic rock.
Fischer would use only aluminum chassis because he believed that steel would interfere with the magnetic field of the output transformer and negatively affect the amp’s overall tone. His concern with magnetic fields was such that Fischer spent an inordinate amount of time working on the layout of his circuit within the amplifier chassis.
Many of Trainwreck Circuit’s clients wanted Fischer to modify their amplifiers. Instead of performing standard “mods” for his clients, Fischer would attempt to give every amplifier that came into his hands the best sound possible, which often meant making a custom modification for each one.
Improvisation was the guiding principle behind a Trainwreck’s design, and instability was the goal. Ken Fischer designed his amplifiers (with the exception of the Rocket) to run at exceptionally high gain levels, bordering on oscillation.
Designed by Ken Fischer and hand–built in the United States, the Komet 60 includes a high–cut control and allows the user to select the amp’s response speed. With two EL34s in the power stage, the amp is most often compared to Marshall Plexis, but some users report it has a Vox–like chime.
To top it off, Ken Fischer reportedly used transformers that he built himself according to secret specifications.
Warren Haynes. Keith Urban. Brad Paisley. Mark Knopfler. Billy Gibbons. Though these guitarists all have unique signature tones, they’ve all used Trainwreck amplifiers in the studio and on the stage.
This is the story of a Central New Jersey biker who'd go on to design some of the most sought after amps of all time.