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LA Amp Show '10
The VM-202 is a dual-processor guitar/bass cab simulator. It handles both analog (line balanced/unbalanced) and digital signals. For it to work, you simply plug in your bass/guitar preamp (or other instrument with a line output) and you go straight into an exclusive tube stage simulator, along with the acclaimed Torpedo algorithm. You can play two cab + microphone simulations simultaneously and reproduce a multi-microphone miking process. The package includes over 50 speaker simulations, 50 speakers simulations, 8 microphone simulations, and 100 presets.
WhiteBox builds high-quality, custom guitar cabinets in USA and markets them through the company's online store. Customization of the WhiteBox product range only starts with the colors and fabrics available -- the more important customization comes from the ability to choose from a wide range of speakers. WhiteBox offers the highly-popular Vintage 30 and G12K-100 from Celestion, but they specialize in Eminence Speakers -- of which they offer nearly every model.
WhiteBox went online in September 2010, with three products in the Modern Series at launch, and several other configurations and styles in development. The Modern Series cabinets are made from 13-ply 18mm Baltic Birch and feature convertable rear panels for open, semi-open, or closed-back performance. The Modern Series currently offers 1x12, 2x12, and 4x12 cabinets, all available either loaded or unloaded.
The Comet Signature is similar to other company's Private Stock collections. Only the finest examples of each species of wood are used - the once in a lifetime pieces. Every "Signature Model" is a one off and has unique features.
Inspired by the classic styling's of the 1960's surf era, the Rock-Rite features a classic tone with some modern appointments. The Rock-Rite features our modern 2-bolt neck construction, a method of neck attachment that is simply stronger, more durable and tighter than a four-bolt can achieve. The ergonomically designed heal block allows near seamless access to the upper registers. Tonally, the 2-bolt separates itself by improving string attack and enhancing both note bloom and sustain.
The Comet is their flagship model and features fast and comfortable necks. The Standards come with an Eastern rock maple top on a mahogany body, quarter-sawn multi-lam neck with a pau ferro fretboard, Hipshot hardware, and custom wound pickups.
Lapdancers electrics are unique takes and spins on classics like T- and S-style guitars, including the Holecaster that is a T-style guitar with dozens of holes in it to reduce the guitar's original hefty body weight, two T-style guitars loaded with TV Jones Filter'Tron pickups, and a S-style guitar that commemorates the Amp Shows that Spector has been running for years.
Surreal's amplifiers are built similar to vintage amps, for instance, when you are running this amp in the non-master volume configuration, you have only two tube gain stages just like the original Marshalls and Fenders. As with the original non-master volume amps, this setting gets nastier as the volume is cranked. Low to medium levels provide a relatively clean bluesy tone. Maxed out is brown tone city with EL34's. There is a Post Phase Inverter Master Volume that can be used in this setting to create additional overdrive. Clean players will love the Jazz Boost option for a smooth, warm, smokey jazz tone perfect for ES335 type guitars.
It can come with a Surreal Stage setting that adds yet another tube gain stage to the party. Now you are entering the realm of hot-rodded and modded, boutique amp heaven. It's called the Surreal stage due to the fact that the classic rock tone is retained but the gain is over the top. Another tonal option is the Slope control that sweeps through the mid range. Using this control in conjunction with the Resonance control, almost any tone you can dream up is at your fingertips. The presence control has a slightly wider range than most presence controls just in case you need more bite. The half way point on this control is equivalent to the full position on most.
The Rude Mood is a product of nearly 2 years of research, design, and development culminating in a guitar amplifier unlike ANY other on the market today. The Rude Mood was created for the working musician who demands the highest quality performance out of their equipment. Whether you are searching for the perfect classic rock crunch, high-energy modern grind, round full jazz or blues, this amplifier does it all. The magic happens when you blend YOUR signature sound so that the audience can hear you - not just an effects pedal.
The Rude channel is based on a Marshall Plexi with an all-tube, Class A construction with a pair of 12AX7 preamp tubes and an EL34 power tube powering up to 19 watts.
The Mood channel is based on a classic Fender voicing with an all-tube, true Class A construction with one 12AX7 preamp tube, a 6L6 power tube, and cranks out 20 watts of power.
The cabinet uses two Weber 10" speakers. The Rude side comes through a Weber vintage ceramic speaker and the Mood comes through a vintage alnico speaker.
The VHT Special 6 Ultra is based on the Special 6 head that was released at last Winter NAMM, but has an EL34 power tube. The Badwater USA prototype is based on the popular Badwater import series created by AXL last year, but now they are bringing the guitars from their privately-owned Chinese factories and having them assembled, fret-dressed, and fitted with high-quality components in their California shop.
The 1967 True Era Replica Cabs are contructed from their proprietary reverse engineering of vintage Marshall speaker cabinets. The addition of EC Collins' reproduction pinstripe grillcloth fabric completes the 1967 cosmetics. Cabinet structure, hardware, and parts are based entirely on a set of vintage 1968 Marshall straight and slant cabs. Precise measurements of every part of the vintage cabinets were converted to CNC plans that allow them to produce true replicas. In addition, they fabricate their own proprietary cabinet hardware and metal parts. The process, hardware, and finished product are completely exclusive to Metropoulos True Replicas.
Boasting some of the most unique heads at the show, Jule Potter showed off his Paycheck amps. Hand-built in California, the all-tube Paycheck is available in 40 or 15 watts with an all-steel, powder-coated chassis. The 40-watt features dual 6L6s, while the 15-watt uses dual 6V6s. Both amps use Russian 6SL7 preamp tubes. The amps retail for $1285 (40-watt) and $1185 (15-watt).
Known for bringing prototypes to Amp Shows and using experienced player feedback to further tweak their latest designs, Egnater did more of the same by unveiling prototypes of new versions the company's popular Tweaker amp. The Tweaker 40 is a two-channel head with dual 6L6s. The channels are identical and each features a set of the standard Tweaker controls (Tight/Deep, Bright/Normal, and Hot/Clean), while adding a Mid Cut/Normal mini toggle, plus a Master Volume with Vintage/Modern mini toggle. The two channels share an EQ with a USA/AC/Brit mini toggle. The Tweaker 88 features the same preamp with two KT88 power tubes. The Tweaker 40 and 88 are set to retail around $600 and $800, respectively.
Tungsten's approach to building amplifiers is to follow in the footsteps of the Fender tweed designs of the mid- to late-50s focusing on compression, sag, and a complimentary mid-range tonality with various dynamic levels.
The Buckwheat is a 30 watt combo driven by 6L6 power tubes and shares the same preamp and voicing as Tungsten's smaller combo--the Crema Wheat by having 2-12AX7 preamp tubes and a GZ34 rectifier tube.
The Vapour is tone machine for small to medium sized clubs with a 20 watt Push-Pull, class AB output section (EL84 or 6V6) utilizing a clean to mean single channel preamp. This amp can be tonally controlled with a Treble, Mid, Bass tone stack with a presence and bright switch. This amp will give you tremendous gain felxibility in both your volume control and pick attack. As opposed to using channel switching you can easily set up the amp and use the volume knob on your guitar as a gain control. This amp also features a 4-8-16 ohm impedance switch so that it can be better matched with your speaker cabinet.