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Rockette45 IndigoPython finish

Image: Custom Indigo Python cabinet covering

Since 1979

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Old school tone without tube
amp running costs and weight!

With FX LOOP & Speaker Simulated DI OUT


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Fear not, Session's RetroTone Watts are calculated
by the same maths that tube Watts are,
so they're just as loud - V²/R


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Today's guitarists are developing a preference for vintage style instruments, clean headroom, P-90 pickups and even hollowbody guitars. These are all important attributes which must be recognised by any amp maker. Wailing endless sustain is not the only sound for lots of guitarists... so where do they turn to for those tones, without shedding a small fortune?

This is why we make amps that draw from classic 1950s and 1960s sounds. SESSION listens to what players tell us... so we're building what you want! Music makers are using our vintage toned gear to create todays sounds... without the price premium of real vintage gear

Here then, is SESSION's latest alternative to expensive tube amps that will effortlessly handle all your effects pedals just like a costly tube amp does. Our new amp is the 'RetroTone™' powered Rockette 45 combo with muscle enough to cut through. It's 100% analogue... free from digital modelling and its tone is smooth, warm and glassy when required, without the ice picky traits of many modern amps

Rockette 45 is an easily transportable pedal loving amp. Think of it as a really warm toned Blues Junior® style amp. Its the same size, but with up to 45 Watts rms* of clean power, an 8 Ohm EXTERNAL SPEAKER OUTPUT, 0dB FX LOOP and G12T SPEAKER SIMULATED DI OUTPUT for recording or plugging the amp into a house PA

Rockette 45 can be ordered fitted with an optional extra 'Switchable High Headroom' (HH) facility for any players who have particularly loud pickups installed. Activating the HH switch reduces the gain of the INPUT circuit without affecting the tone. Unlike the traditional 'two jack HI/LO' system found on many vintage style tube amps. Most players probably won't need it... but it's available just in case

Rockette 45 is a working guitarists amp made by people who's reputation is for good honest value and have delivered great tube-like tone since 1979


  • SESSION's 45W 'RetroTone' design awarded 9/10 for Tweed tone (2016)

  • Humbucking Power Transformer - 75% less radiated hum to single coil pickup equipped guitars!

  • Choice of 12" speakers

  • Robust 13ply birch cabinet

  • Three band EQ + FAT switch

  • Built in distortion

  • Black Panel or Plexi EQ selector switch

  • Presence switch

  • Active 0dB FX Loop

  • G12T Speaker Sim DI Out - Line Level 0dB

  • Perfect as a 'pedal platform' amp

  • Vintage warmth, chime and dynamics! No 'ice-picky' highs

  • Clean Headroom to full output power

  • Lightweight - from 9.5kg

  • Guitarist/designer created

  • High reliability & low maintenance

  • No digital (computer) modelling

  • All made to order & despatched in about 21 days from order receipt.



BluesBaby Control Panel

Front panel controls L-R:- Drive, FAT Switch, Treble, Bass, Middle, Master (Volume), Reverb, LED Indicator and 'toggle' Power Switch, PRESENCE switch, BLACKPANEL/PLEXI switch (Toggles the EQ Mid centre frequency between approx 300Hz and 700Hz)


BluesBaby Control Panel 2

Rockette chassis are built with the Plexi (1)/Blackface (2) & Presence (+ ON) switches (mini-toggles) located on the front control panel as shown in the image above


5E3-EXTRA Rear Panel

Rear Panel Facilities L-R: Amp Details, External Speaker Output, FX Loop Return, FX Loop Send, G12T DI Speaker Simulated Output


Want STEREO operation?
Both amps controlled by amp 1!

Session Amp FX Loop Stereo Use


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BluesBaby:45 reviews apply to the Rockette 45 too!

Nominee       BluesBaby 22 G&B review

Click the image & read the full review


What 'The Guitar Magazine' Said...

G&B Quote 2

45W version only 10.6kg - 23.4lbs with Creamback Neo speaker! If you want lightweight & loud classic sounds... it will have to be a Rockette 45. There's nothing else like it!


Guitarist Magazine Review/Demo

Full GUITARIST MAGAZINE video demo here!

Review, Feb 2018 iss 429


Customers' Demo Videos

Heavy distortion sounds @ 15:00mins!

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Please Order Your
FULL COMBO Version Here

Full Combo - Step 1 - Order Your Basic Amp
Please take your time

Black Combo With Celestion V-Type Speaker:

RG45-112 - Complete basic 12" combo amp in Two-tone black finish with 12" Celestion V-Type.
Price: £519.00 - Includes £10 UK delivery
Add to Cart

Tweed covering upgrade - £45.00
Add to Cart


Black Combo With Celestion A-Type Speaker:

RG45-112 - Complete 12" combo amp in Two-tone black finish with Celestion A-Type speaker.
Price: £519.00 - Includes £10 UK delivery
Add to Cart

Tweed covering upgrade - £45.00
Add to Cart


Black Combo With Celestion Creamback NEO Speaker:

RG45-112 - Complete 12" combo amp in Two-tone black finish with Celestion Creamback NEO.
Price: £569.00 - Includes £10 UK delivery
Add to Cart

Tweed covering upgrade - £45.00
Add to Cart


Full Combo - Step 2 - Other Options:

Control knob colour options:

Red Power Indicator Only

Black* Arrow (Chicken Head) knobs - FREE
Add to Cart

White Arrow (Chicken Head) Knobs - FREE
Add to Cart

SESSION amps are not supplied with an AC power cord to save on waste. Most people have plenty already!

* = Standard issue if not specified on your order. But we'd like you to specify what you want please!

Every amp is assembled to order only. Please allow 21 days for your custom order to be built & despatched


Custom Cabinet Finishes

If you'd like another cabinet finish not listed above, please contact us by email and we'll quote you a price. Alternative vinyls are NOT held in stock and subject to availability from our suppliers in Germany or USA. Quotations will include inward delivery/Customs charges on obtaining coverings


Chassis Only Version - Order Here

Want to build your own custom combo or head cabinet and use Rockette 45 chassis to power it? OK, buy just the chassis here...

Rockette 45 Chassis Only:

RG45-CH - Chassis only.
Price: £305.00 - Includes UK delivery
Add to Cart

Red Power Indicator Only

Control knob colour preferences:

Black* Arrow Chicken Head knobs - FREE
Add to Cart

White Arrow Chicken Head Knobs - FREE
Add to Cart

Why not order your reverb tray too?

8EB2C1B Reverb Tray. Price: £25.00 - Includes UK & EU shipping when ordered with chassis
Add to Cart

Chassis only version comes complete with 4nr 30 x 5mm mounting screws & 6nr 20 x 5mm for the back panel - inc cup washers

* = standard issue colours if not specified

MAKE SURE YOUR CABINET IS DEEP ENOUGH. The maximum speaker depth must NOT exceed 123mm inside a Blues Jnr cabinet!

Chassis only customers: Please check your intended speaker will fit before ordering BB45!

Prices include £10 contribution towards delivery to UK. EU countries will attract a £20 shipping charge extra


The 115VAC Chassis will directly fit into any Blues Junior RawCabs cabinet available on eBay!

Buy the chassis only version with confidence!

The maximum speaker depth must NOT exceed 123mm! Please check your intended speaker will fit before ordering BB45!

All orders received from USA will be AUTOMATICALLY shipped for 115VAC operation, unless specifically requested as another AC voltage at the checkout message box

Chassis only USA delivery: £25.00 extra - 3/4 day service


Will it fit my cabinet?

Please take some measurements and check using our 'dimension PDF below!

B22 or RG45 chassis will both also fit into a Fender Blues JuniorŪ cabinet with standard Fender speaker without any modification needed! Other speakers... check their depth first!

It is a straight swap... that simple!


Control panel cut-out: 320 x 55mm


If you've suffered multiple expensive failures with your BJr and have had enough, then a BluesBaby chassis 'transplant' may be your best solution! Customers tell us that the BluesBaby has given them superior loudness and warmer tonal quality

Sadly, the BB22, EX22, EX45 or RG45 chassis will NOT fit into a Sessionette:75, Rockette:30, Duette:110, Duette:112 or any other Session amp cabinet

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Build Method and Progress Reports

When you place your order, a confirmation is automatically sent to you. There is no further contact until your order is ready to ship. Further, we do not send 'progress reports' as there's nothing much to report until it's finally ready

Rockette™ amps are built in small batches of 5, 10 or 20 units. Each batch goes through the system together, therefore, it is not possible for us to give an exact date of despatch

We collect payment approximately 2 days prior to your order being ready for despatch. Earlier if it has an uncommon cabinet covering. So checking your card account could give you a very good indication that it's nearly ready to be sent to you


UK & European Delivery Times & Charges

UK - Takes 3-5 business days from day of despatch

Europe - Takes 4-7+ business days depending on destination.

Mainland UK Delivery Cost - The purchase price includes £10 towards shipping to Mainland UK. Certain remote UK destinations are likely to attract a £5 surcharge. We will let you know before we collect your payment, or you can enquire by email

Delivery to Continental Europe & Outside Europe Cost -
Please email us for a quotation before ordering!

USA, Can, Aus, NZ & many others: We will happily send amplifiers nearly anywhere in the world. But sadly, we are not able to offer a universal shipping cost to every country. Therefore, customers resident outside Europe, PLEASE email us for a shipping quotation & online ordering instructions. It's really easy & safe. Thank you



Every cabinet is wood, hand assembled and finished. Therefore, there will be finish variations from one example to another. The pictures are for guidance only

Returns Policy

UK Customers: You are entitled to return the product prepaid within thirty days if you are not satisfied with it's performance - Except custom orders with special cabinet coverings. We offer this on the strict proviso that the product has not been modified in any way, misused, damaged or defaced

Customers Outside UK: All returns must be prepaid. If the reason for return is the fault of Award-Session, we will credit your card with the reasonable shipping amount paid. Please send a copy of the receipt to us by email.

Placing an order with Award-Session indicates that you have read and understood all our Terms and Conditions of sale, published on our CONTACT page. The conditions published on this page override those published anywhere else.

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Our administration & returns address:
Award-Session, 34 Belvedere, Basingstoke, RG24 8GB, UK
No stock is held at this address

Sound clips: Sadly it is impossible to convey any meaningful measure of the amp's tone over the Internet. Please refer to what we have already provided in videos & audio clips. If you want to hear the amps, then pleaseEmailus to make an appointment to try one out at Basingstoke

Due to continuing product improvement, the features and the design are subject to change without notice

All trademarks acknowledged. Award-Session has no affiliation with their owners

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Session amplifiers

Example of 'Two-Tone' Black Covering on our BigDog cabinet

BB22 BigDog

BigDog 2X10", 1x12", 2x12" 1X15" Cabinets - About the size of a Bassman amp. Ask for a quote.


Session Users

Eric Clapton/August Album + Tour - Rockette:30 x 2
Dave Stewart/Eurythmics - Many recordings - (3x) Sessionette:75
Stuart Adamson/Big Country Sessionette:75 x 2
Dave Gilmour/Pink Floyd
Mike Rutherford/Genesis Most recordings + tours
Sessionette:75 x 7
Jerry Donahue/Will Raye
The Hellecasters
All recordings & tours
Retrotone + JD10 DRP
Gordon Giltrap
MB11 & GG10 Acoustic Preamps
Geoff Whitehorn/Billy Ocean
Sessionette:75 1st Prototype + 15:30 Studio Combo
1980s Hits Sample

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Choose Your Speaker!

Celestion V-Type

Celestion V-Type speaker

We say from live use experience:
This is the one for bright twangy tone! Great with a country sounding Tele. Brill at Shads & Beatles too! Blues Rock, Rock... you name it, this could do the job!

Probably one of the nicest speakers Celestion has ever made - and at a reasonable price too! You could say Classic 70s tonality with a hint 60s AlNiCo Blue for good measure. Brighter than the A-Type. 60 Watts/8 Ohms/98dB

Fitted in BB, the whole amp
weighs only 13.5kg. That's with a birch ply cabinet too!


Celestion A-Type

Celestion A-Type speaker

We say from live use experience:
Choose this one for warm American mid tones with a lovely woody vibe.
Turning up the amp's treble produces a 'thicker' punch. Nice for vintage US pop and R 'n' R tones. Perfect for jazz players!
50 Watts/8 Ohms/98dB

Fitted in BB, the whole amp
weighs only 13.4kg. That's with a birch ply cabinet too


Celestion Creamback NEO

Celestion A-Type speaker

The Neo Creamback is every ounce a Classic Celestion, delivering all the magical tone you'd get from a traditional Creamback.

For those looking for traditional tone from a modern lightweight package!

Fitted in BB, the whole amp
weighs only 10.5kg. That's with a birch ply cabinet too!

About Guitar Speakers

Take special note! The speaker is the most important component in your guitar amp!

Unlike hi-fi speakers, they are NOT designed to produce a faithful reproduction of the signal presented by the amplifier!

As their cones vibrate, they produce cone break-up modes which adds rich harmonics to the guitar sound. The amp electronics has NOTHING to do with this... be it a tube or transistor amp!

This enables each speaker model to provide your guitar with a unique tone. It even affects the character of the distortion sound! This is why there is a bewildering variety of guitar speakers available on the market. Each is slightly different

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Rockette & Les Paul Special with P-90s

Studio Recorded Audio:
Crunch only

Rockette & Les Paul
with Burstbuckers

Studio Recorded Audio:
Clean - Full Drive

Rockette & Telecaster

Studio Recorded Audio:
Clean - Full Drive

Rockette & ES-335
with PAFs

Studio Recorded Audio:
Clean - Full Drive

Rockette & CS Stratocaster

Studio Recorded Audio:
Crunch only

Tracks played and recorded at Platform Studio, Burghfield, Berks, UK by Stuart Dixon. All clips MP3-192kbps.

Rockette setup (all tracks):
Treble 7, Bass 5, Middle 5, EQ PLEXI, Presence On, Drive 5 (Clean) or 12 (Full Drive), speaker Celestion 'V-Type'


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What does RetroTone™ do?

As many players know, there is a difference in tone between solid state (SS) and tube amps. It is heard as a low end warmth with a sweet high-end presence. This favoured tonality is created by any tube amp's output transformer.

Session's RetroTone™ power amps work with the speakers, like a tube amp does, to provide you with that same Class AB characteristic tone.

Anyone wanting old school tone, light weight and reliability should take SESSION's RetroTone™ equipped amps very seriously!  RetroTone™ is 'the cat’s whiskers' for achieving 'that' tone and volume without tube amp hassles.


Stewart Ward

Stewart Ward is a working guitarist who designs all products from scratch and from the gigging viewpoint. Seen here with his favourite guitar, a 1963 Fender Telecaster.


RetroTone™ is a protected name.

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