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Ask Amp Man: Better Biasing for Silverface Twin Reverbs

December 9, 2013
Blackface-style biasing makes it easier to set up and service ’70s Twin Reverbs.
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Jim Campilongo: Dreams and Definitions

November 25, 2013
Inspired by Miles Davis and jazzed by his new trio, the Tele master expands his voice on Dream Dictionary.
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Jonny Lang: Long Time Coming

November 21, 2013
Tele-armed phenom Jonny Lang makes his most mature and tuneful album yet.
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ZZ Top Gear Gallery

November 19, 2013
Guitarist Billy Gibbons’ and bassist Dusty Hill’s toys can be summed up by three Bs: bold, Bolin-made, and because they said so.
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Andrews Spectraverb 40 Review

November 16, 2013
A beautiful, blackface-inspired boutique combo.
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Ask Amp Man: Twintervention (aka Rescuing Rotten Twin Reverbs)

November 13, 2013
Master-volume Twin Reverbs of the ’70s have a deservedly bad reputation—but a few circuit tweaks can save them.
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Fender Adds Ramparte to Pawn Shop Special Series of Amps

November 1, 2013
Weighing in at nine watts, the Ramparte is a two-channel amp that is powered by a single 6L6 power tube.
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Ask Amp Man: The Early-’70s Silverface Fender Twin Reverb: Dud or Dynamo?

October 15, 2013
Why don’t master-volume Twin Reverbs get any respect?
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Devilcat Amps Jimmy Review

September 22, 2013
A burly 50-watt, 1x12 combo, Devilcat Amplifier’s 2-channel, 6L6-powered Jimmy deftly walks the line between operational simplicity and sonic versatility.
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Ask Amp Man: Pumping Up an ’80s Fender Champ

September 20, 2013
These simple mods can nudge a Fender Champ toward a more Marshall-like sound, with increased mids, greater headroom, and improved overdrive tones.
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Vox Unveils Night Train G2 Amps

September 6, 2013
The new Night Train G2 series includes the 15 Watt NT15H-G2 and 50 Watt NT50H-2G amplifier heads, plus the 15 Watt NT15C1-G2 - the first ever combo amp with the Night Train name.
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ToneVille Amplifiers Introduces Four New Custom Amps

August 15, 2013
ToneVille Amps unveil the Beale Street, Broadway, Rio Grande, and Sunset Strip custom amps.
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Summer NAMM '13 - Devilcat Amplifiers Jean and Terry Models, and CMG Guitars Ashlee and Mark Solidbodies

August 12, 2013
Check out Devilcat Amplifiers and CMG Guitars at Summer NAMM 2013!
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Fargen Blackbird VS2 Amp Review

August 2, 2013
The Blackbird draws inspiration from Fender’s blackface era (with much in common with the rare Vibroverb) and is an amazing platform for pedal-heavy rigs.
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Gear of the Month: 1964 Fender Vibroverb

August 1, 2013
Zach Smith from the Minor Chord guitar shop in Littleton, Massachusetts, shares a rare mint specimen of the same vintage model that was the bedrock of SRV's “Texas Flood” tone.
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Identifying Vintage Fender Speakers — and Battling Hum

July 29, 2013
What kind of speaker is in a 1965 Deluxe Reverb, and how to switch it out without increasing the amp's volume, plus tackling hum in modern Fender combos.
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1960s Selmer Amp Demo - North American Amp Museum

July 17, 2013
Hear a 1960s Selmer Amp in action.
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1960 Magnatone 213 Troubadour Demo

July 15, 2013
Hear a rare 1960 Magnatone Amps 213 Troubadour in action at the North American Guitar Amplifier Museum.
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How Tube Amps Work

July 15, 2013
From voltage conversion to capacitors, pentodes, and class A operation, we demystify the basics of tube-amp functionality.
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Review Demo - Jaguar HC50

July 3, 2013
Premier Guitar's Shawn Hammond demos the Jaguar HC50 for the August 2013 issue of Premier Guitar.
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