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Tweaking a Crate V33

February 10, 2012
Turning a Crate V33 2x12 combo into a more powerful little tone machine.
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Grammatico Kingsville Amp Review

February 10, 2012
Leo’s great tweed Bassman circuit (known far and wide by amp nerds as the 5F6A) was such a success it has inspired imitators and homages ever since.
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Souping Up A Fender Super 60

January 10, 2012
I recently purchased a Fender Super 60 1x12 with red knobs. I love this little monster’s clean sound and power, however, I’m not happy with the high-gain channel
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Ampeg GVT52-112 Amp Review

December 20, 2011
Ampeg’s new GVT series, which offers a power range more suited to clubs than Yasgur’s Farm, honors this oft-forgotten part of the company’s legacy with authentic vintage rock tone and styling.
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Fender EC Twinolux Amp Review

December 20, 2011
What’s remarkable about the EC Twinolux is how, like so many great Fender amps, it can be a beautiful blank slate for anything.
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Silvertone Amp-In-The-Case

December 20, 2011
This is the same guitar that Lenny Haise (played by Steve Zahn) plays in the movie That Thing You Do!, before the fictional band hits it big and purchases more expensive instruments.
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Fender EC Tremolux Amp Review

December 13, 2011
The new hand-wired EC Tremolux delivers greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts clout with a super hip tremolo circuit and power attenuation capabilities.
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Carr Amplifiers Sportsman Amp Review

November 15, 2011
This 6V6-powered, class-A combo is based to some extent on smaller, US-made, reverb-equipped amplifiers from the ’60s like the Fender Princeton.
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Mesa/Boogie Royal Atlantic RA-100 Amp Review

November 9, 2011
Even though the Royal Atlantic is an evolution of the TransAtlantic series, it’s an amp with its own unique tones.
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DV Mark DV40 212 Amp Review

September 20, 2011
While the DV40 pumps out tones that run a wide gamut, it regularly—and impressively—evoked at least four of my favorite tones: a 1980s Jim Kelley combo, Ty Tabor’s Gretchen Goes to Nebraska tones, Sheer Heart Attack-era Brian May saturation and sustain, and the sounds of a cranked ’70s Orange OR120.
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