New Gear Review: Park Amps Little Head 18

The current rage of lower power guitar amps is greatly enhanced with the addition of the hand-wired Park Little Head 18. It features the same pre-amp circuit as the Park 45. But there is now a highly configurable power amp design capable of using a number of different octal power amp tubes and rectifier tubes.

Interchangeable output tubes include 6V6, 6L6 and EL34, and since the power amp is cathode biased with separate resistors for each power tube, no user biasing is necessary when changing tubes. Overall tone and power levels will range from 15 to 23 clean watts.

Park Amps’ Little Head 18 is capable of beautiful, sparkling clean
tones, or overdriven Blues sounds to full-blown OD and classic rock tones. Of course all at playing levels that won’t break your apartment lease and making the 18 a great choice for practice, studio recording or small club gigs.

Built on a strong, lightweight-welded aluminum chassis, the Little Head features oversized power and output transformers, a proper power supply, a two-channel Park preamp and a post-phase inverter Master Volume control.

The Park Amps Little Head 18 sells for $2,500 MSRP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com