Naylor SD50 speaker review by Ken Fischer “Lots of old-Marshall-from-Texas presence, sweetness, and grit… ride your axe’s volume for lead and rhythm… cuts through bass and drums like a Rambo knife through an overripe kiwi… more than get you money’s worth here.”
“This is nothing short of amazing… miracle master volume… pulled off the impossible – reproducing a clipped, black-faced Twin Reverb, at levels that won’t get you kicked out of your band.”
“Clean sounds are clear and gutsy… the crunch is well defined… workmanship far outshines most competition.”
“It sounds like a very, very good Plexi-Marshall with a strong dose of Tweed Bassman, but the Naylor always maintains its central and distinctive character… Its excellent tone and its exceptional handwork take it up to the top of the class… The amplifier appears to be built for eternity.”
“The Naylor (Special Design 50 speaker) delivers the tone and feel of an early sixties Jensen as promised… I got sweet clean tones, righteous dirty tones, and a nice midrange compression on leads.”
“The best Master-Volume amp I’ve ever heard! I easily nailed the Clapton ‘Crossroads’ tone.”
“Naylor Super Club-38… Cool tool, Punchy sweet tweed meets
I bought several of your speakers last year, and I have to say they are the best sounding speakers out today. I A/B’d your speakers against the Celestion Greenback, Celestion Alnico Blue (Vox), Peavey’s Sheffield EVH speaker, and a vintage Altec 417. Your speaker came out on top!!! I pulled my Vox Blues out of my ’63 AC30 and replaced them with your speakers, and it sounds awesome!!! Your speaker has a cleaner sound to my ears than the Vox Blue, and your speaker had an excellent breakup. Reminds me a bit of the vintage Jensen speakers, but better sounding……. Everyone should know about these great sounding speakers!!! I haven’t to this day heard a speaker that sounds better than a Naylor. Every cabinet I have now are loaded with Naylors. I pulled out all the greenbacks out of my Marshall cabs, and loaded it with Naylors. I think I have tried every speaker made to mankind looking for a distinctive sound, and your speaker has it all. Sounds great clean and sounds great dirty, couldn’t find any faults in it at all, and I put them through some extreme tests with different effects, power settings and that speaker just shines through with anything I throw at it, which is something I have had trouble with in the past with other manufacturer’s speakers. Some speakers sound good clean, but when you start to add a bit of distortion through them they no longer sound that great, or vice versa. I even tried it against the new Celestion Century speaker that everyone is talking about, your speaker is better. The bottom line, in my opinion, is that the Naylor speaker is the ultimate guitar speaker with wonderful characteristics, it really is the ONLY speaker to use. Thank you for making such a great product Dave!!!!!!!!
Keith Sharp Guitarist Come Together Nov. 2003
The head cabinet for my Super Club 38 arrived today, It looks just great, and it fits like a glove. Thanks so much for your great work on this. I can’t recall being so satisfied with any piece of equipment since I got this amplifier. You’ll certainly hear from me again with another request before long. ——–
Mark Williams Aug. 2003
I think Naylors are the most underrated amps out there. My favorite amp is a 50 watt Marshall from 1972 and I wanted to get something else and I found this Naylor that I’m playing now. I was going to get a Matchless Clubman but the Naylor was so much sweeter.
Tony Francis Dec. 2001
I have been researching amplifiers for a while and recently heard a Naylor Super Club 38 at a music store. The owner had just bought it and was showing it off. Unfortunately, the guy wouldn’t sell it to me… what an amazing sound!…………
Kevin Bford Mar. 2000
Naylor had just closed their doors when I played my first Super Drive Sixty.
Needless to say, I was blown away with the tone (preferred it over the Matchless and Kendrick sitting next to it) and was sad to hear of the closing. I wish you the best of luck with Naylor’s return to the market.
Thanks again for your time…
Pertaining to the Product reviews at Harmony Central, I have checked them out. I have recordings which feature the Super Drive 60 in action. This is a great sounding head!!!!!! I have been researching adding another amp to my set-up and after much thought, I am leaning towards the Super Drive 60 head with the 5881’s in the power amp section. Andy had one Super Drive 60 that had EL34’s in the power amp section, plus he had one modded for channel switching functions this head simply put –> ROCKS!!!!!!
Jay Green Mar. 2000
We have both used Naylor Super Sixty amps on the road for at least two years
logging over a million air miles with them. They are in regular flight cases and I have watched baggage handlers drop them from as high as 10 or 12 feet. They have NEVER failed us for over 300 shows. Rick’s last album “Alive” was recorded with these two amps as well. I’ve never seen any amp handle this kind of abuse especially a tube amp.
Dave Whiston Guitarist Rick Springfield Band Jun. 2001
………I love the Naylor tone and everything about it. It’s simply the best amplifier that I’ve ever plugged into. I have a Diezel VH4, Bogner Ecstacy and have owned amps from the likes of ENGL, Orange, Mesa, Fender, Marshall and a slew of others that I can’t think of at the moment. I just have to say those amps can’t touch the Naylors in regard to PURE TONE. I feel fortunate that I’m able to buy back the one I sold. I want to buy that Dual 60 after I sell one of my amps right now. It will end up being my main gigging amplifier. That’s how much I like this product.
Thanks for your time,
Dale E. Breithaupt Oct. 2003
Hello to the Fine folks at Naylor,
I have a Super Club 38 head, and love it. It gets played anywhere from the House of Blues in Chicago to many southside clubs throughout Chicago metro. This is my main amp in an arsenal with Top Hat, Dr Z, and Bad Cat amps. I sometimes will play/switch through two amps when I need a cleaner tone along with the savage tone of my Club 38. However, I don’t mind the clean tone of the Naylor
Thanks for staying with the amp production. It is truly the best boutique amp that can cover small and large clubs in one package with a great price compared to other boutique amps on the market. It really nails great tone at lower volumes and cleans up nice with the guitar volume rolled back.
Thanks for your time and considerations
Mike Martos Dec. 2003
Hello friends, I have a pair of your Special Design 12″ in my 66 Black Face Twin Reverb, and to say they are Great would be an understatement! The Jensen’s that were stock in the amp made that amp sound bad, I almost didn’t buy the amp because of it. After installing a pair of your speakers, which the amp owner had laying around, I was blown away by the tone improvement. I immediately bought the amp with the Naylors installed before he could change his mind. I have had so many compliments about the Twins great tone from so many music professionals, (at NAMM shows etc.) I love telling them the story I just shared with you………
We here at Sound Enhancer wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very successful New Year. I am so glad to see Naylor alive and well. You build a great amp, and thanks for saving my Twin.
Harold Smith Jr.
President Sound Enhancer, Inc. Dec. 2003
Attached is a shot of my Naylor SD60 I will be looking down the road to land a Naylor 2 X 12 in the matching purple tolex
“Fender to Marshall tones, the SD60 hands down is a winner. There is not a bad tone to be found in this amp, David you have yourself a great amp line here!!”
Jay Green Guitarist BlackMoon Jan. 2004
Amazing amps you have here. The Superdrive60 is the amp to end all other amps. They are so pure, the tone is unreal. This could be the best strat amp ever, the thickness is unmatched. I tried so many amps before finally finding out about Naylor and getting the best tone I’ve ever heard. One of the main things I enjoy about it is that it sounds different than any other amp. Naylor has its own thing going on. Sure, there are hints of Bassman , and a dose of vintage plexi , and the punch of a Hiwatt , but overall these are the most original sounding amps out today. The effects loop is as pure as the tone of this amp. Thanks for keeping this great company alive and kicking.
Brad Moore Oct. 2004
LOVE IT! Thanks, David.
My Dual 60 is just amazing. Great punch with this fat, warm tone. From the lows, through the mids, to the highs, this amp is just it for me.
Brian Oaks Seattle Studio Guitarist
The Madison House Studios Oct. 2004
Hi Dave, I just bought this amp from Jeni Day who just got your new Super 60. I`m from NH and used to be a session guy for radio commercials. This amp sounds better (to my ears anyway) than all the Two Rocks I`ve owned along with the entire Bogner fold. I`m running Telefunken smooth plates in V1-V3 and a Philips 12AX7WA in the PI and it`s fat as hell or can rip your head off like a Marshall on roids. I`ll be moving to Louisiana this spring, and hope to get back into session work. I`ll be looking for a channel switcher at that time……Keep up the good work, and I`ll do my best to spread the word since I`ve wanted one of these since the 90`s when a shop called Guitar Warehouse had them……….
Pete Bogash Dec. 2004
Got the cabinet…it’s beautiful! I polished up the corners, put on new rubber feet, it looks like a new amp! This is the best amp in the house. Much louder than the two 50 watt blackface Fenders, which are headed for eBay . Ditto for the tweed bassman clone. Louder, better tone, and better signal to noise ratio. The Naylor is so versatile, I can play through 1,2, or 4 12″ speakers, and the tone really suits my blues-rock style of playing………….. Thanks for the top notch service. If I were still in a touring band, I’d get another amp just like it, and leave the pedals at home!
Dave Knox May 2005
David, I got the speaker today. Thank you! That was FAST.
I had bought a Clark Beaufort Special and knew your speaker would bring the little guy to life. Also, I am still enjoying the 2×12 cab you made for me last time. My Germino never sounded so good! anyway, thanks again
Jose Vera April 2006
For years, I’ve just assumed that getting an amp to provide me with a sparkling clean channel and the perfect distortion was impossible. I thought that I would have to purchase two different amplifiers. Thanks to Naylor, I have been proven wrong! I am finally satisfied with my set-up!
Chris Mongillo J minus May 2007
There is a reproduction fender bassman cab at a nearby recording studio/rehearsal space that has your speakers in it and they sound amazing. nobody knew they were your speakers until I opened it up to find out what was inside so I could make another one.
they all thought they were Celestions.
Patrick Zung May 2007
Got the speaker today, installed it in my Fender Super Champ, now I’m in heaven. I had purchased a Fender Champ II awhile back that had a Naylor 1040 and really liked the sound of it. So I wanted to try out the 1040 in my Super Champ.
Wow, this is a great sounding speaker with tight, powerful and focused bass, sweet mids and just the right top end. Those reissue Jensens just aren’t what they’re cracked up to be. You have made me a believer.
Thanks a million!
I’ve been using a Dual 60 212 Combo for years now
I love the versatility of my Naylor. I can get the smoothest, punchiest sounds that drive songs along with authority, crunchy riffs that grab your attention. I love my Naylor almost as much as my wife!
take care –
PS – thanks for a great amp.
Sean Wright Nov 2007
Just tried the amp. I don’t even have words to express how it sounds!!!!!!! I’ve had so many crazy amps. Diezel, Soldano, Splawn, Axe Fx. You name it. This thing destroys all of them at EVERY tone. Love it. ……. Thanks again! 🙂
Taylor Larson July 2013
David, it just landed. I love this thing, unbelievable tone and control. All my pedals work in my normal set up no ones unhappy and I don’t get the local radio stations which is a good thing.
My board is:
FX loop; Alesis Nano Compressor, JHS Panther, Boss DD7.
Front of Amp; Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, JHS Pulp N Peel, Sweet Tea, Honey Dipper, MXR Smart Gate.
As stated above the whole klan is happy in their positions and very controllable. ……
A Very Happy Duane Crymes June 2013
The SD-60 that we have in stock at our showroom sounds AMAZING!
We all love the amp. Every person visits here said the same. I just wanted to let you know that.
All the best,
Musette Japan June 2013
Just want to say thanks for creating these Amps. I’m sold on mine. Love the tone and all it’s capabilities. Check out my facebook page if you have a sec. Your product is in a lot of my photos.
Nothing but the best.
Ryan DeSiato. April 2013
Got the amp man! AMAZING! as always! really sweet creamy awesome Naylor tone.
it’s actually quieter than my old one, which I love because I prefer to run these as hot as possible for more power tube work. so it’s nice to be able to crank it a bit more. …… this new amp crushes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thank you so much for helping me get my rig up and running strong!
Nick Perri Guitarist Silvertide / Perry Farrells Satellite Party / Shinedown / The Darling Stilettos / Sinai June 2013
Dave, I have bought this amp new with a matching 212 cab and custom amp covers. I have twenty amps from tweed to blackface to tone king to a matchless d-30 and this amp hangs with the best of them! Thank you for your help
Marshall Leigh Nov. 2011
Thanks a lot for your answer. A few months ago, I got two 12′-Special Design Naylor Speaker from Ben Granfelt (Sprucefield). Since then, I play these speakers and nothing else. They sound really really good. I’ve got other stuff like old VOX blue speaker and Celestions, but nothing sounds as good as the Naylors. It’s a miracle for me why Ben replaced them with Celestions V30. Now I heard in youtube the “Super-Club 38”. Wow ! I am an absolute Naylor fan! The guy played it with an old Tele. Phantastic. …..
Thanks a lot.
And have a good time …
Michael from Germany, Stuttgart
Michael Metz Sep. 2011
I don’t normally show my appreciation for purchased equipment but in the early 90’s Ken Fischer ran an article in Vintage Guitar mag regarding your speakers – on Ken’s advice, I decided to try a pair out … I’m an amp tech and have “heard” lots of speakers and my Naylor Custom 50’s are at the top of my list – I find they just give a very natural sound with a Tweed circuit …
I just want to give Mr. Naylor a big thanks/congrats … the pair of Custom 50’s are still rocking hard (very difficult to believe actually) and they have always sounded really smooth to my ears never have they ever come close to sounding annoying in any sort … they’re perfect – there, I said it 🙂
I’m sure you know that already …
JC Maillet June 2008