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Reviews: Amps

Premier Guitar's rating system includes brief summations of a product’s pros and cons, as well as pick ratings (0–5) in four categories—Tones, Design/Build, Value, and Playability (for instruments) or Ease of Use (amps, effects, and other devices) or Versatility (pickups and speakers). Items with a total of 18 or more picks (out of 20) win our coveted Premier Gear Award.

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Practice Pals: A 5-Amp Review Roundup

August 23, 2016
PG examines a handful of very different but very portable and flexible amplifiers from Vox, Ibanez, Orange, Marshall, and Roland.
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Peavey Classic 30 Review

August 19, 2016
A dependable road warrior gets a nice boost.
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Ashdown Rootmaster RM-500-EVO and RM-210T-EVO Review

August 15, 2016
Ashdown’s new 500-watt, 11-pound bass amp brings tweakability aplenty for less than 500 bucks.
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EVH 5150 III LBX Review

July 26, 2016
Make way for a pint-sized behemoth that’ll wow both Van Halen fans and purveyors of more aggressive styles.
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Peavey MiniMEGA and Headliner 410 Review

July 14, 2016
Peavey packs 1,000 watts and tone-shaping galore into a 9-pound bass head.
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Supro 1695T Black Magick Review

July 5, 2016
A clever take on the amp that put the Led in Zeppelin.
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Laney GH50R-212 Review

June 27, 2016
Classic Laney high-gain sounds become impressively configurable in this potent new 2-channel combo.
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Schroeder SA9+ Review

June 8, 2016
Tim Schroeder's spare-no-expense design serves up unreal volume and clean-headroom heaven.
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Marshall JCM 25/50 2555X Silver Jubilee Review

June 2, 2016
An elusive Marshall rarity reappears—reminding us how dynamic and versatile these big Brits can be.
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Fender Bassbreaker 45 Review

May 20, 2016
Marshall founded its empire on Fender’s Bassman circuit. Now Fender returns the favor with an Anglicized 2x12 combo.
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Blackstar Artist 15 Review

May 6, 2016
This stealthy, streamlined 15-watter sings from both sides of the Atlantic.
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BluGuitar Amp1 Review

April 28, 2016
A mini amp with maxi power—and many great tones.
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Henriksen Bud Review

April 7, 2016
Mighty tones from a miniscule box.
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Bergantino Audio Systems B|Amp & HD Cabinets Review

March 23, 2016
A 6-1/2 pound monster of a bass amp that packs in features galore.
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Ventura Valve Amps VVA50 Review

March 21, 2016
An ultra-versatile boutique head at a musician-friendly price.
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Acoustic BN6210 Review

March 11, 2016
Acoustic packs 600 watts of power, a pair of 10" neo speakers, and loads of features into their new ultra-portable combo.
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Quick Hit: Roland JC-40

March 9, 2016
Who needs tubes when you have some of the most recognizable chorus and vibrato tones around?
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Mesa/Boogie Subway D-800 & Subway Ultra-Lite Cabinets Review

February 26, 2016
Mesa/Boogie unveils a class-D powerhouse for bassists that delivers big sounds from a svelte, lightweight package.
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Dr. Z Z-Lux Review

February 24, 2016
Dr. Z tinkers with a classic template and delivers a delicious combo with headroom and grit.
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Dusky D2O Review

February 10, 2016
A minimalist 32-/8-watt head with a raw, tactile feel and glorious harmonic distortion.
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