December 2016

Reviews: Amps

The Mean 18: British-Style 18-Watt Amp Kits from Mojotone and Tube Depot

July 1, 2014
We built two killer Marshall 18-watt amp clones from kits. Which sounds best? Which was more fun to make?
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Electroplex Rocket 42 Review

May 18, 2014
Is it possible to capture the sweet tones of small, classic Fender amps at louder levels?
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Peavey ValveKing II 20 Review

April 28, 2014
Classic tube tone and studio-friendly features in an affordable combo.
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Orange CR60C Review

April 24, 2014
Solid-state, 60-watt combo delivers great range, sweet clean tones, and copious crunch.
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Positive Grid BIAS for iPad Review

April 21, 2014
A great-sounding, supremely customizable amp modeler for iPad and iPhone.
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Vox Night Train G2 NT15C1 Review

February 24, 2014
Vox’s compact amp line evolves, growing more versatile.
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Ampeg V-4B Review

January 16, 2014
The bass-amp giant updates one of their classic designs.
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Magnatone Super Fifty-Nine Review

January 10, 2014
A bold, British-flavored amp with sublime stereo vibrato.
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Ashdown MiBass 2.0 and Mi 12 Cabinet Reviews

January 3, 2014
A micro rig with beefy lows and stripped-down controls.
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ToneVille Amplifiers Beale St. Review

December 10, 2013
This stunning 15-watt combo shines with the right kind of bright.
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Andrews Spectraverb 40 Review

November 16, 2013
A beautiful, blackface-inspired boutique combo.
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Phil Jones Double Four Bass Amp Review

November 7, 2013
A microscopic bass amp with an unbelievably big sound.
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Traynor SB115 Review

October 29, 2013
Massive lows from a modestly sized 1x15 combo.
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Little Walter Twin 50/22 Amp Review

October 20, 2013
A pair of perfectly primitive amps in one pretty package.
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Hayden Mini MoFo Review

October 5, 2013
Hayden’s newest, smallest member of the MoFo family delivers portability and surprising power for players with rocking inclinations.
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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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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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