December 2016

Reviews: Amps

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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Champions of Chime: The EL84 Roundup

July 9, 2012
Three studio pros test nine EL84-powered amps in the 15-watt ballpark.
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Carvin VL300 Legacy 3 Amp Review

June 8, 2012
Steve Vai and Carvin''s latest collaboration.
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Nocturne Blondeshell Amp Review

June 8, 2012
Run by Tavo Vega out of his shop in Southern California, Nocturne Amplification is one of the few outfits today specializing in 6G6-B Bassman-based designs.
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Gallien-Krueger MB800 Bass Amp Review

June 8, 2012
Featuring a discreet, FET-driven preamp and a backsaving weight of just under 5 pounds, this little beast delivers 800 watts at 4 ohms.
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Fender Super Bassman Pro Bass Amplifier Review

May 30, 2012
Big tube bass rigs will always be a part of the low-end landscape, even as advancements in digital and solid-state technology and performance requirements make smaller rigs more prevalent.
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Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior and Greta Amp Reviews

May 23, 2012
And though the Excalibur and Greta differ significantly in terms of look and function, each is a ticket to funky realms that can prompt inspiration and fresh thinking about tone, recording, and performance possibilities.
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Orange OR50H Reissue Amp Review

May 11, 2012
Based on the legendary Pics Only amp, the OR50H is one of the most versatile Oranges ever—an amp that delivers a wide range of sounds in addition to the muscle and headroom typically associated with the brand.
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Peavey Headliner Head and 410 Cab Review

May 11, 2012
The 600-watt Headliner head and Headliner 410 cab represent a modern take on the qualities that have made Peavey products so enduring—robust power, reliability, and impressive construction.
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Jackson Ampworks Newcastle Amp Review

May 11, 2012
This amp has amazing synergy with whatever you plug in to it, giving your fingers and axe power to take you from muted, complex jazz tones to perfect ’70s crunch and everything in between.
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3rd Power Amplification Dream Solo Model 4 Amp Review

May 9, 2012
Video Added! The ''68 Plexi half of the company''s popular British Dream model goes out on its own with some brand new tweaks and features.
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Laney Ironheart IRT120H Amp Review

April 6, 2012
The Ironheart is a 120-watt beast of an amp that’s dedicated to pushing the heavy overdrive envelope.
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EBS Reidmar 250 Bass Head and Classicline 110 & 112 Cab Review

April 6, 2012
The Reidmar 250—sets its sights on bassists who need a portable, gig-friendly rig.
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Fargen Retro Classic Amp Review

April 6, 2012
A handwired, 25-watt powerhouse that enables you to explore the tones of two classic Marshall circuits
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Philosophy Amplification Bass Amplifier Review

April 3, 2012
The first offering from these newcomers offers modern, hi-fi tone with a stunningly unique look.
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