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Reviews: Amps

Two-Rock Exo-15 Amp Review

January 10, 2012
With the new EXO-15, the company focused on capturing that accuracy and transparency in a small, studio-friendly unit.
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65Amps Empire Amp Review

December 28, 2011
The 22-watt Empire guns for the tones produced by big British amps like the Marshall''s Superlead and JCM800 amplifiers.
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Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 and SL 112 Bass Rig Review

December 20, 2011
In essence, the Tone Hammer 500 is based on Aguilar’s popular Tone Hammer pedal, combined with a class-D power amp.
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Ampeg GVT52-112 Amp Review

December 20, 2011
Ampeg’s new GVT series, which offers a power range more suited to clubs than Yasgur’s Farm, honors this oft-forgotten part of the company’s legacy with authentic vintage rock tone and styling.
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Fender EC Twinolux Amp Review

December 20, 2011
What’s remarkable about the EC Twinolux is how, like so many great Fender amps, it can be a beautiful blank slate for anything.
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CEC Amplification Toll-Free Express Amp Review

December 20, 2011
The Express is Wildenradt’s answer for the travelling musician who likes a little kick and growl from an amp, no matter how small.
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Fender EC Tremolux Amp Review

December 13, 2011
The new hand-wired EC Tremolux delivers greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts clout with a super hip tremolo circuit and power attenuation capabilities.
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Verellen Meat Smoke Amplifier Review

December 7, 2011
Verellen’s 300-watt behemoth is a monster offering to the rock gods, with a vintage tinge in its voicing, an extremely clean power-section, and a design that enables use with both guitar and bass.
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Fishman Loudbox Artist Acoustic Amp Review

December 7, 2011
The Loudbox artist has more power and a few extra features that make it remarkably versatile.
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Ampeg GVT15H Amp Review

November 30, 2011
Capable of the characteristic cleans and light overdrive that made its predecessors famous, the amp is also able to achieve high gain at less-than-ear-splitting volumes.
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Carr Amplifiers Sportsman Amp Review

November 15, 2011
This 6V6-powered, class-A combo is based to some extent on smaller, US-made, reverb-equipped amplifiers from the ’60s like the Fender Princeton.
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Traynor YBA300 Bass Amplifier and TC810 Bass Cab Reviews

November 15, 2011
Traynor amps are prized by their fans for their heady, punchy cleans and ample volume.
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Egnater Tweaker-88 Amp Review

November 15, 2011
The Tweaker-88 is built to satisfy those who need a little more kick, with enough volume on tap to cover the biggest gigs.
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Mesa/Boogie Royal Atlantic RA-100 Amp Review

November 9, 2011
Even though the Royal Atlantic is an evolution of the TransAtlantic series, it’s an amp with its own unique tones.
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Gabriel Stinger Amp Review

November 1, 2011
The Stinger is a point-to-point, seven-watt beast with switchable EL84 and 6V6 power tubes for instant metaphorical leaps across the Atlantic.
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Orange Dark Terror Amp Review

October 18, 2011
Forbiddingly dubbed the Dark Terror, Orange’s newest low-power amp builds upon its predecessor’s winning recipe, while piling on heaps of molten gain and smoking overdrive that can stretch your notions of just how huge tiny can get.
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DV Mark DV40 212 Amp Review

September 20, 2011
While the DV40 pumps out tones that run a wide gamut, it regularly—and impressively—evoked at least four of my favorite tones: a 1980s Jim Kelley combo, Ty Tabor’s Gretchen Goes to Nebraska tones, Sheer Heart Attack-era Brian May saturation and sustain, and the sounds of a cranked ’70s Orange OR120.
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Line 6 Pod HD Review

September 20, 2011
The POD HD is the newest member of the family, and it’s packed with great simulations—including 22 amplifier models based on classics like the Fender Deluxe Reverb, Hiwatt DR103, and Vox AC15, as well as modern and boutique models like the Dr. Z Route 66, Bogner Überschall, and an ENGL Fireball 100.
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Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18 Amp Review

September 20, 2011
The EL84-powered TubeMeister 18 marks an interesting deviation from the company’s usual medium-to high-wattage fare.
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Blackstar HT-5R Amp Review

September 20, 2011
Featuring a very cool stereo digital reverb, the amp uses a single ECC83 tube to produce 5 watts of output power.
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