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Golden Gear Ticket: Winter NAMM 2011

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Golden Gear Ticket: Winter NAMM 2011



Vox Tony Bruno 1x12 Combo – Boutique amp guru Tony Bruno helped design this classic-voiced, 6V6- powered 35-watt combo that’s equally capable of super-high headroom and chime and bruising brawn. It features a Master Volume, a Master Volume bypass toggle, a 3-band EQ (Bass, Middle, and Treble knobs), Volume and Reverb knobs, a Bass Boost toggle, a Macho gain boost switch (which is also footswitchable), and a Celestion G12-65 speaker. Also available in 2x12 form. voxamps.com




Marshall AFD 100
– The long-awaited 100-watt AFD100 Slash signature head is based on the third prototype presented to Slash and features two gain structures—#34 and AFD. Marshall modeled the #34 side after Slash’s modded JCM800 and added more gain to thicken up the tone for the AFD side. Only 2300 units will be available worldwide. marshallamps.com




Mesa/Boogie RA-100 Royal Atlantic – The 100-watt RA-100 Royal Atlantic can be powered by EL34s or 6L6s and runs on class AB power. Tonally, the combo launches off the TransAtlantic platform and mixes both classic and modified British sounds with Boogie’s trademark high-gain thump. It also has the company’s proprietary new Multi-Soak feature, which lets you notch either channel down 16, 12, 8, or 4 dB. Front-panel Clean channel controls are Master, Bass, Middle, Treble, and Gain, while the Hi/Lo channel has vintage high-gain and vintage low-gain modes and front-panel Master Hi, Master Lo, Bass, Middle, Treble, and Gain knobs. mesaboogie.com




65amps Empire (LEFT) – The 6V6-powered Empire features a trio of classic high-gain British voices from different eras. The first offers early ’60s tones, the second aims for ’68-’72 tones, and the third offers up hot-rodded ’80s tones. The amp is powered by 22 very loud watts, but it also features a Master Voltage control for bringing the volume down to bedroom levels. 65amps.com
Celestion G12H 30-Watt 75 Hz (RIGHT) – The new addition to Celestion’s blockbuster G12H30 series features a resonant bass frequency of 75 Hz (the original’s is 55 Hz) to offer players a tighter, more articulate low-end response. professional. celestion.com

Effects, Etc.

Misa Digital Instruments Kitara – Touch-screen devices are everywhere these days, so it’s no shock that a company would decide to integrate one with a unit dedicated to creating music. Adventurous players like Muse’s Matt Bellamy had electric guitars modified with parameter-controlling devices like the Korg KAOSS Pad many years ago, but the Kitara isn’t going for that—it has no strings, so it’s really not a guitar in even the most lax interpretation of the word. Although its neck has 24 “frets,” each with six buttons, the Kitara runs on a Linux operating system and has more than 100 internal synth sounds that are activated via an 8" multi-touch display. You can choose to display six lines representing strings if you wish, and the touch screen also enables manipulation of up to six built-in effects that you can assign to the screen’s X and Y axes. The Kitara will never replace a serious guitarist’s real 6-strings—but it’s still intriguing for several reasons. First, it may be the most affordable, most convenient, and coolest-looking way for guitarists to play synth-generated music using the same chord and scale shapes they’ve always used on their solidbody and flattop guitars. Second, its form factor likely avoids the glitchy tracking and latency issues that often plague traditional guitars outfitted with a MIDI pickup. Though $2800 seems steep for the aluminum-bodied version, $800 for the heavy-duty polycarbonate version seems quite reasonable. Connections include MIDI, 1/4", and headphone outputs, and both designs can easily be configured for left-handed players. misadigital.com




Kemper Profiling Amplifier
– Technically, it’s not an amp because it can’t power a cabinet (though plans for that option are in the works), but this new unit from Germany’s Christoph Kemper, designer of the Virus line of acclaimed synthesizers, effectively takes amp modeling to the next logical level. Yeah, it comes stocked with “profiles” of venerated vintage and modern tube amps (as well as lots of additional effects, cabinet simulations, and extensive EQ-ing capabilities), but what’s revolutionary about the Profiling Amp is that it enables you to capture the tone of any amp at your disposal. Whether you’ve got your own killer collection of amps you wish you could gig or record with more easily, or whether you know a magnanimous dude who’ll let you Napster-ize his collection of mind-boggling amps, there’s some pretty mouth-watering potential here. Here’s how it works: Mic the source amp and connect the Kemper to its input via 1/4" cable, and then wait about 30 seconds while the Kemper routes a series of test signals through the source amp’s circuitry and captures the amplified tone as a snapshot inside the Profiling Amp. kemper-amps.com

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