October 2016

Reviews: Amps

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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Monsters of High Gain 2013

April 15, 2013
We''ve rounded up 7 fire-breathing, high-gain heads by Blackstar, Diezel, Engl, EVH, Marshall, Orange, and Randall.
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Tech 21 VT Bass 1000 & B410-VT Bass Rig Review

March 11, 2013
The combination of a VT Bass 1000 head and B410-VT cab makes for a pretty incredible bass rig that gets very, very close to the sound and feel of a classic Ampeg SVT.
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Carr Impala Amp Review

March 11, 2013
Carr’s new Impala is a take on the great blackface incarnation of the Fender Bassman—and like a lot of Carr amps, they’ve taken a great idea and run in some very interesting directions.
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Bose L1 1S With B2 Bass Module and ToneMatch Review

March 11, 2013
The 1S from Bose, their latest iteration in the L1 series, is a solid solution for solo artists looking for quality sound and maximum portability.
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Quilter MicroPro 200 Full-Range 8" Amp Review

February 20, 2013
The founder of QSC turns his pro-audio expertise to crafting a stellar-sounding, portable solid-state amp.
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Blackstar ID:60TVP Amp Review

February 13, 2013
See how Blackstar is using new technology to emulate different tube responses in their new programmable amp.
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Roland GA-112 Amp Review

February 4, 2013
Roland’s new 100-watt GA-112 combo provides a blank slate for sculpting sounds, from pristine clean to metal mayhem via a super-simple control set.
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Fender Vibro-King 20th Anniversary Amp Review

January 9, 2013
Even with a recipe that''s concocted from familiar old-school Fender elements, the Vibro-King sings with a unique voice that’s suited to a variety of blues and classic rock settings.
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Overton Flyweight 500 Micro Amp Review

January 9, 2013
With so many well-thought-out features in such a budget-friendly package, Overton has taken a step in the right direction with the Flyweight 500 micro amp.
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Nace M1-18R Amp Review

January 9, 2013
Though the Nace M1-18R will exceed the budget of most casual players, it verges on being a work of art and can be a dangerous weapon in the studio and small-to-medium sized stages.
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Carr Bloke Amp Review

December 26, 2012
A powerhouse throwback to raunchy classic rock tones with Carr''s signature quality and responsiveness.
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