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3rd Power British Dream
3rd Power's handwired, all-tube British Dream 1x12 45-watt combo offers two channels—one inspired by a ’59 Vox AC30, the other by a ’68 plexi Marshall—and a half-power switch. The amp’s 12" Celestion Alnico Gold is housed in 3rd Power’s proprietary Switchback triangular enclosure. The British Dream has an MSRP of $2899.
3rd Power Amps
The latest offering from AmpTweaker is the TightMetal—a high-gain distortion box for players seeking ultra-saturated tones. Like other TightDrive pedals, the TightMetal sports an effects loop and a Pre/Post switch. Other features include a Mid EQ thrash switch and Gate with Chomp switch.
National Reso-Phonic ResoElectric RA3
National Reso-Phonic’s new hollowbody ResoElectric RA3 has a koa top and mahogany back and sides, and sports an L.R. Baggs Hex pickup in its biscuit bridge.
Tech 21 RotoChoir
Tech 21's RotoChoir emulates the entire signal chain of a mic’d Leslie cabinet, from the tube power amp to the low-frequency speaker and high-frequency horn to the XY stereo-mic setup. The pedal’s Fast/Slow switch lets you slow down, ramp up, or even pause the simulated rotary speaker in a variety of positions. The RotoChoir has a buffered bypass, a Bi-Amp switch, a Drive control, and stereo outputs. MSRP $295.