December 2016

Tube Combo

NAMM '15 - Tone King Imperial MK II & Fano Guitars ML6 Demos

February 12, 2015
See and hear Mark Bartel's reimagined combo that launched his company 20 years ago. Plus, get a taste of Dennis Fano's SG-meets-Telecaster solidbody.
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NAMM '15 - Fryette Amplification Aether, Valvulator GP:DI, & Power Station Demos

February 6, 2015
See and hear the company's new combo—with preamp and power amps housed in separate chassis to reduce hum and noise—that is loaded with 6L6s and has reverb and tremolo.
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NAMM '15 - Oxygen Amplification Ozone 36 Watt Demo

February 6, 2015
See and hear a demo of these Canuck's first 36-watt combo that features KT66 tubes. (The head version can be loaded with EL34s.)
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NAMM '15 - Supro USA Royal Reverb, Tremo-Verb, and Ozark Demos

February 4, 2015
The mastermind behind Pigtronix relaunches the department-store brand with new amps and a revamped guitar line.
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Vox Unveils the Limited-Edition C4C1 and AC15C1

January 25, 2015
The amps are available in a limited release classic red color.
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Peavey Announces the 50th Anniversary 6505+ and Classic 30 112

January 21, 2015
Models are produced in limited quantities, and are only available in 2015.
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Panama Guitars Unveils the Shaman Series of Amps

January 19, 2015
The Shaman 20 is designed to deliver the ultimate in flexibility.
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Oxygen Audio Releases the 36W

January 7, 2015
The amp is available in 1x12, 2x12, and head configurations.
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Ask Amp Man: Tube Savvy 101

January 6, 2015
If you play through a tube amp, here’s some upkeep knowledge to help in the quest of great tone.
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Trash or Treasure: Magnatone Custom 440

December 25, 2014
True treasures can literally be found in the trash.
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RedPlateAmps Unveils the Magica

December 16, 2014
Includes a blackface-style preamp and a full set of tone controls and the proprietary midrange mode selector.
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Carr Skylark Review

October 24, 2014
This low-wattage, Fender-inspired combo is an absolute jewel.
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EVH Releases the 5150 III 1x12 Combo

October 15, 2014
This 50-watt combo features three channels, built-in DSP reverb, and MIDI functionality.
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PRS Announces the Archon 25

October 14, 2014
The Archon’s 6L6/EL34 tube option is replaced here with 5881s.
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Retro-King Releases the "Tremtone" 5G9

October 3, 2014
The amp is powered by two JJ6V6 power tubes, three JJ12AX7 preamp tubes and one JJ5U4 rectifier tube.
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Ask Amp Man: Restoring a Deluxe Reverb’s Magic

September 29, 2014
Can a different rectifier tube improve an amp’s sound and feel?
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Trash or Treasure: A Look at the National Newport 50

September 16, 2014
A reader scores a $50 treasure at a rummage sale.
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Fender Releases Vintage Modified ’68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb

September 10, 2014
Both channels boast reverb and tremolo, and the “custom” channel has a modified Bassman tone stack.
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Marshall 1958X 18-Watt Review

August 26, 2014
A high-end, hand-wired version of Marshall’s little giant.
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Summer NAMM '14 - Saint Blues Guitars Scoundrel, 30th Anniversary Bluesmaster, Memphis 10 Demos

August 7, 2014
The Memphis crew break out two new guitars, an all-tube 15-watt combo, and a solid-state amp built into a hip, retro piece of luggage.
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