With just about five production years under its belt, the Benson Chimera has redefined what the 30-watt sound is all about. Chris Benson took his groundbreaking Monarch amplifier circuit and essentially doubled its power while breaking out the preamp into a 2-band EQ and tweaking the feel to bring a mid-powered amp into the market. The results are pretty fantastic as you might imagine - a quartet of 6V6 power tubes combined with a 12AX7 front end and a unique circuit design yield some harmonically rich American tones combined with some great British top end sizzle and punch.

To our ears, the Chimera pulls in some Tweed Bassman influence along with the chime and upper midrange growl of a great AC30, all while offering a different feel and response than both of those classic amps.

This 2018 build features custom wound Mercury Magnetics transformers and the custom upgrade Bourbon Burst tweed headshell. It's in excellent shape and sounds sublime! This is a great opportunity to grab one of the most popular and sought-after amps made today without a wait.

  • (4) 6V6 power section
  • (2) 12AX7 preamp
  • 30 watts output
  • Controls: Volume, Bass, Treble 
  • Separate 8/16 ohm speaker inputs
  • Custom Bourbon Burst tweed finish
The Music Emporium

The Music Emporium

Benson Amps
Brand New
11 Years
The Music Emporium
Joe Caruso
Lexington, MA
10:26 PM
Regular Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11am-6pm Wednesday and Thursday: 11am-8pm Sunday: Closed

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We ship all instruments with a 48-hour approval period during which time you can comfortably evaluate your purchase and determine if it's right for you. The prices listed on our website do not include shipping charges or any applicable taxes, duties, or custom fees. Instruments shipped within MA are subject to a 6.25% sales tax. All out-of-state shipments are tax-free though we do recommend you look into your individual state's tax codes to determine any tax liabilities. The Music Emporium has been shipping guitars around the world for 40+ years. Your instrument will be expertly packed and shipped via FedEx, UPS, or US Post, depending on the destination and level of service. If you have a preferred method not listed here, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.

Upon receiving your instrument, please inspect it to insure that the condition of the instrument is as described in your communication with us. Please contact us immediately via phone or email if you find any damage to the case or instrument that wasn't previously disclosed at time of purchase. If you decide to return the instrument, you must notify us via phone or email within 48 hours of delivery. We'll instruct you on how to make the return. Please pack the instrument in the same manner in which it was received, using all supplied packing materials, Unless instructed otherwise, you must ship the instrument using the same service in which it was delivered (Next day, Ground etc.) and insure it for its full value. The Music Emporium will issue a refund for the full purchase price once the instrument arrives, provided it arrives in the condition in which it left our shop. All shipping charges will be the responsibility of the customer.