The Ceriatone Chupacabra 50 was the first offering in our Hot Rodded Plexi series and is still a favorite for fans of British guitar tones who are keen on finding their own unique voice. The Chupa 50 is a nod to Jose Arredondo-modified circuits of the late ‘70s and ‘80s, but with a few refinements.   Compared to our Yeti, the Chupa is brighter, has more gain, is tighter, and more aggressive.  Neither is better than the other, which is why we offer both!

Both are real monsters and are bad to the bone. They just make the kill in different ways. As standard with all Ceriatone amps, this amplifier is hand-wired with high-quality components. Part of what makes the Chupacabra so fun is its ability to dial in KILLER tones from all sorts of types of music in a simple format, all the while maintaining its own voice and integrity. Like other Ceriatone amps, we have labored carefully to select the finest components to suit the design, and the Chupacabra uses our specially designed, custom transformers for superior reliability, frequency response, and feel.

Current lead times are listed on the main page at

Chupacabra 50 Configuration Options:

  • Chassis I - $1,108
    (Fully working chassis. Tubes and cabinet not included.)
  • Chassis II - $1,1216
    (Fully working chassis w/ tubes. Cabinet not included.)
  • Amp Head I - $1,282.50
    (Fully working chassis installed in a head cabinet. Only tubes not included.)
  • Amp Head II - $1,390.50
    (Fully working chassis w/ tubes installed in a head cabinet.)

Summary of Features:

Cascading gain stage design with individual Gain controls

3-way Bright switch on each Gain 1 and Gain 2 controls

Feel switch adjusts attack and low contour

Era 3-way switch provides progressive levels of clipping and distortion

Rear-panel Pussy TrimmerTM allows the player to fine tune compression and saturation

Presence and Resonance controls adjust the high- and low-frequency content of the power section

Passive effects loop

DC heaters for low noise floor


Power: 2 x EL34

Preamp:  3 x 12AX7/ECC83

Rectifier:  Solid State

Main photo is for illustrative purposes only and advertised base pricing is for Chassis I without tubes. Photos may include options that are not included if you order the standard version of the amp or don't order all options available. We also may not offer all options available and/or shown in main illustrative photos. Photos are of products assembled by Ceriatone. We no longer sell kits. Black Tolex is standard on all amps unless otherwise stated in product description.

Ceriatone amps are custom made, 100% hand-built, point-to-point hand-wired amplifiers using the highest quality components and custom wound transformers. Each amp is thoroughly tested and burned in before it is shipped to you. Even with long lead times Ceriatone takes no shortcuts or makes any changes to their build standards in the production of their hand-built amps. This is Ceriatone quality.

Pricing shown on includes the shipping cost to the USA only. We only ship to the USA, Canada and Mexico. Shipping to Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands will have additional shipping. We'll invoice the difference in shipping and it is due at the time the order is placed.

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Chupacabra 50

  • $1,108.00

Available Options

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