October 2016

Reviews: Amps

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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Ashdown Classic Tube Magnifier CTM-300 Amp Review

December 10, 2012
Capable of delivering clean and responsive to overdriven tones, Ashdown''s CTM-300 is an an all-tube, 300-watt beast that boasts some modern enhancements, while still giving a nod to the amps of old.
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ZT Amplifiers Lunchbox Junior Amp Review

December 10, 2012
Weighing only five pounds and armed with a couldn’t-be-easier control set, the solid-state ZT Junior sounds deceptively tube-like in terms of response and warmth.
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KW Cabs ST-2m Cab Review

December 10, 2012
The ST-2m 2x12 cabinet from KW Cabs uses a combination of select hardwoods, finely tuned porting, non-braced baffles, and handpicked speakers to create a cabinet that packs a huge wallop and can easily hold its own next to larger 4x12 units.
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Markbass Big Bang Bass Amplifier Review

November 5, 2012
The recently released Big Bang—a 500-watt, solid-state amp head—represents the next step in Markbass’ continued pursuit of providing full, warm, bass tones from a unit that’s as light and small as possible.
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Egnater Armageddon Amp Review

November 5, 2012
The pairing of Egnater''s Armageddon and AR-412 cab is a fantastic setup for the modern metal guitarist who wants extreme gain, total control, and exceptionally tight delivery.
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Andrews Amplification Para-Dyne 50 Combo Review

November 5, 2012
With its copious power and all the easy-to-use tone-control tools that it puts at your fingertips, the Para-Dyne 50 Combo is an amp that will have your back in just about any stage situation you can imagine.
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Electroplex Rocket 35-EL Amp Review

October 8, 2012
The Electroplex Rocket 35-EL dishes out a slew of vintage Brit-tones in an impressively versatile, modernized package.
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Marshall JCM1-C 50th Anniversary Amp Review

October 8, 2012
The tube-driven circuit captures the original JCM800’s feel and aggressive tones astonishingly well, while letting you unleash molten overdrive at much more agreeable volume levels.
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Brunetti Singleman Amp Review

October 8, 2012
An excellent tribute to blackface Fenders in terms of tonality, Brunetti''s Singleman also features classy looks, roadworthy build quality, and a very reasonable price.
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Marshall JMP-1C 50th Anniversary Combo Amp Review

October 1, 2012
The JMP-1C is perfect for home recordists looking to add the coveted JMP growl and attack to their tracks, collectors looking for a usable and user-friendly piece of Marshall history, and those who are want the Super Lead sound back after putting their 100-watt heads in storage years ago.
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Analog Outfitters Sarge Amp Review

September 11, 2012
The Sarge amp is a 15-watt, EL84-powered circuit that uses vintage Hammond organ transformers and a Fender Deluxe-style tone stack.
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Orange Micro Terror Amp Review

September 5, 2012
A 20-watt, tube/solid-state hybrid mini stack that oozes Orange cool and delivers many of the sweet tones that put Orange on the map.
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Hovercraft Dwarvenaut 20 and Andromeda KT88 Amplifier Review

August 29, 2012
The Dwarvenaut 20 and the Andromeda KT88 are built—or rebuilt—to achieve tones from the most hallowed names in stoner and doom rock.
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TC Electronic BG250 Bass Amp Review

August 21, 2012
A great tool for budget-minded bassists who want full tone without backbreaking weight.
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Ampeg Micro-CL Stack Bass Amp Review

August 10, 2012
Ampeg''s new Micro-CL Stack has a simple feature set with a modern SVT look, and boasts a very attractive price tag that’s targeted towards the budget-conscious bassist.
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Kemper Profiling Amplifier Review

August 10, 2012
Instead of designing a modeler that is loaded with preprogrammed emulations of the classics, the Kemper Profiling Amplifier lets you create your own models from real amps—the ones that best suit your own playing style.
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Diago Little Smasher Guitar Amp Review

August 10, 2012
Diago’s Little Smasher is an achievement in amplifier portability with some decent tones, including some crunchy sounds that will make you believe you’re using something much bigger.
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Fractal Axe-FX II Preamp FX Processor Review

July 9, 2012
“This thing is the greatest invention ever for electric guitarists,” Dweezil Zappa told Premier Guitar at last year’s LA Amp Show as he gushed over Fractal Audio’s new Axe-Fx
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Scarlett Bass 200 Amp Review

July 9, 2012
Although guitardom had a brief fascination with solid-state designs around the advent of the transistor, since then the mighty tube has reasserted its authority in 6-string realms and the
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