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Reviews: Amps

Crimsontone Moro Review

September 11, 2013
A ferocious 15-watt head inspired by Orange, Marshall, and Sovtek amps.
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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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Port City Orleans Bass Preamp Review

July 31, 2013
With their first entry into the realm of bass preamps, Port City has produced a well-constructed unit with a straightforward approach.
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Dr. Z Antidote Amp Review

July 30, 2013
The Antidote is a 45-watt, two-voice head that delivers soaring KT66-driven tones reminiscent of everything from early JTM45s to ’70s JMPs.
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Peavey Vypyr VIP 2 Amp Review

July 10, 2013
This latest iteration of the Vypyr line of amps is designed and built to handle electric 6-string, acoustic, and bass guitars.
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Epifani AL 112 Combo Amp Review

July 8, 2013
A futuristic-looking hybrid of Epifani’s past and present innovations that’s capable of delivering a ton of tone.
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Jaguar HC50 Amp Review

July 2, 2013
Jaguar's new HC50 dodges delivers a minimalist, potent, distinctly English-voiced EL34 amp that’s happy dishing immaculate clean tones and more ferocious sounds alike.
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Roland Cube 80GX Amp Review

June 28, 2013
The 80GX builds on with the company’s COSM (composite object sound modeling) audio software to hone a formula that’s always delivered a lot of bang for the buck to players who need to cover a lot of musical ground on a budget.
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Humphrey Espresso 15 Acoustic Amp Review

June 11, 2013
A stylish, EL84-driven acoustic amp with touch and tones aplenty whether you’re a technique-obsessed finger-stylist or a simple strummer.
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Review Demo - Humphrey Amplifiers Espresso 15

June 11, 2013
Premier Guitar's Shawn Hammond demos the Humphrey Amplifiers Espresso 15 tube acoustic amp for the July 2013 issue of Premier Guitar.
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Tone King Sky King Amp Review

June 5, 2013
A handwired 35-watt combo that can switch between pentode and ultra-linear modes for added versatility.
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Roland Cube Lite and Cube Jam App Review

May 14, 2013
Roland leverages the power of mobile devices in an attempt to create a more perfect practice amp.
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Albion Gulfstream 30 Amp Review

May 11, 2013
The GS30C combo from Albion is targeted to the guitarist looking for a boutique amp that bridges the American/British tone divide, but may not have the budget for one.
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Orange TH100 Amp Review

April 15, 2013
The dual-channel TH100 is a lesson in brutal simplicity that hearkens back to Orange’s golden era of no-nonsense designs with immense power.
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Diezel D-Moll Amp Review

April 15, 2013
The Diezel D-Moll is a 100-watt powerhouse that delivers crystal clean tones and smoldering overdrive from six ECC83 preamp tubes and a quartet of KT77 power tubes.
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EVH 5150 III 50-Watt Amp Review

April 15, 2013
Fender has once again joined forces with Eddie Van Halen to expand the 5150III amp family. This time the result is a smaller 50-watt version of the master’s signature amp.
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Engl Fireball 100 Amp Review

April 15, 2013
The Fireball 100 builds upon the simple, no-frills approach established by its 60-watt predecessor.
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Marshall JVM410HJS Amp Review

April 15, 2013
Joe Satriani’s signature 100-watt JVM410HJS builds upon the jack-of-all-trades JVM410H, and is designed to deliver five decades’ worth of Marshall tones from a single head.
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Randall Thrasher Amp Review

April 15, 2013
Randall’s all-tube Thrasher amp head is the company’s new flagship—the result of a recently forged partnership with boutique amp guru Mike Fortin.
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Blackstar Blackfire 200 Amp Review

April 15, 2013
The Blackfire 200 is Gus G’s signature amplifier, and it unites the extra firepower from the guitarist’s signature HT-Blackfire overdrive pedal with Blackstar’s Series One 200 head.
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