August

Tube Combo

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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Louis Electric Amplifiers Releases the Black Line Series of Amps

July 31, 2014
The Black Line is the result of requests from longstanding customers to build a “black line” series to emulate the beautiful sounds of the pre-CBS blackface amplifiers.
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Ask Amp Man: Can My Fender Amp Sound More Like a Marshall?

July 31, 2014
Modding a ’80s Fender Concert for JTM-style tones.
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Summer NAMM '14 - ValveTrain Charleston HP and Brandywine Demos

July 30, 2014
See and hear demos of VT's new bass amp head and a head derived from the 5E3 Tweed Deluxe circuit.
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Vintage Vault: Late-’70s Mesa/Boogie Mark I and Mark II Combos

July 28, 2014
Travel back in time to celebrate the birth of high-gain guitar amplification.
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Summer NAMM '14 - Michael Dolsey Designs 700 NT 2SC and AT15 Tube Amp Demos

July 24, 2014
See and hear a Korean-made 6-string and 1x10 combo that's equipped with onboard spring reverb and tremolo.
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Summer NAMM '14 - Devilcat Amplifiers Jimmy Jr & CMG Guitars Bubba Blue Demos

July 23, 2014
See and hear a new 6L6-powered combo and sexy singlecut solidbody in action.
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Rivera Venus Deux Review

July 7, 2014
The Burbank amp gurus’ latest is one of the most expressive and versatile 6V6 combos available today.
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Boom Boxes: 5 Amps That Define the Music We Hear—and the Gear We Play

July 3, 2014
These game-changing amplifiers helped create the sounds of rock ’n’ roll.
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