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Jackson Ampworks Britain 3 Amp Review

February 24, 2011
The 12/25/50-watt head packs dual EL34s and dual EL84s into a compact, versatile, and stylish British-flavored head.
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Burriss Amps Dirty Red Amp Head Review

December 21, 2010
Greasy, gritty, low-wattage fun
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Video Review - Burriss Dirty Red Head

December 21, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner walks us through his latest review on the Burriss Dirty Red head, which is featured in Premier Guitar's January 2011 print issue. Read the full review here - http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazine...

The Burriss Dirty Red head is a little 18-watter that is fired by three Mullard reissue 12AX7 preamp tubes, an Electro-Harmonix EZ81 rectifier tube and two JJ EL84 tubes in the power section. Burriss, hot off the heels of the release of their popular Royal Bluesman, packs a lot of both qualities in their newest little monster, the 18-watt, EL84-driven Dirty Red. It's also built around a cascading preamp design that enables higher-gain sounds at lower volume, which gives it the goods to stand tall in the mini-amp crowd. On the front panel, you'll find a familiar 3-band equalization section consisting of Bass, Middle, and Treble knobs, along with separate Gain and Master volume controls. But nestled between the Middle and Treble controls, you'll find another knob called Top Cut. Burriss says the control is designed to tame the high end and warm the signal at higher gain settings. Anyone familiar with a presence control will find it works in a similar fashion. Finally, there's a Loop switch for engaging the effects loop, which can also be activated using a footswitch inserted into a rear-panel TRS 1/4" jack.
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Video Review - Orange TH30 Head

November 19, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner walks us through his latest review of the Orange Amplification TH30 head (also available in a 1x12 combo), which is featured in the December issue of Premier Guitar.

The TH30 head is a 30 watt head running on EL84 power tubes. The simple control layouts of Orange amplifiers have always been a design strength. In the case of the TH30, that philosophy remains very much intact. Each of the amp's two channels—which you can select using a front-panel toggle—is controlled by just three knobs, which means you can dial in both clean and dirty sounds with very little fuss. The Clean channel features a Volume knob and Bass and Treble EQ controls, while the Dirty channel features Gain, Volume, and Shape knobs.

The amp's overall wattage can be cut from the maximum of 30 watts to 15 watts, using the 3-way standby switch on the front panel. And if you're in the mood for some low-wattage, greasy-amp goodness, another rear-panel switch lets you knock the wattage down to a tiny seven watts by bypassing two of the four power tubes. Rounding out the modern options are a series effects loop and a jack for an optional channel footswitch.
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Orange TH30 Amp Head Review

November 16, 2010
Modern overdrive tones and vintage-flavored cleans from Orange
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Fryette Amplification Memphis Thirty 1x12 Combo Amp Review

August 17, 2010
A two-channel, class A, EL84-equipped 1x12 combo, this 30-watt amp is packed with features and is easy and intuitive to operate.
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Mesa/Boogie Trans-Atlantic TA-15 Amp Review

July 20, 2010
Mesa''s entry into the lunchbox market delivers both British and American tones
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Carr Artemus 1x12 Combo Amp Review

May 18, 2010
Steve Carr''s latest amp, his take on classic Vox AC tone, is reviewed.
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Jaguar Junior Amp Review

April 15, 2010
Jaguar knocks it out of the park again with the 17-watt, Class A Junior
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Video Review - Jaguar Amplification Junior

April 15, 2010
PG's Pat Smith takes us through his review of the new Jaguar Amplification Junior combo (the full review can be found in the May issue of Premier Guitar magazine).

The Jaguar Junior is a 17 watt class A amplifier and is loaded with 2-12AX7 preamp tubes, 2-EL84 and 1-GZ34 power tubes. It is a single channel amp with high and low inputs. The controls are simplistic and basic -- Master Volume, Volume and Tone. In the back of the amp there is a pentode and triode switch that enables the guitarist to dial back the amp to 7 watts. The over-sized cabinet is packed with a single Customized Celestion G12H Anniversary speaker and the whole package weighs about 45 lbs.

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