December 2019

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Signal to Noise: The Sonic Legacy of Tube Amplification

April 23, 2019
Had electric guitar music emerged from transistors, would we even recognize it today?
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Tone Tips: Keep It Quiet, Part 2

February 15, 2019
Solid advice to search and destroy those unwanted noises coming from amps, pedalboards, and wireless units.
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Mesa/Boogie Unveils the California Tweed Series 6V6 4:40

February 1, 2019
The all-tube California Tweed is powered by four 6V6 power tubes and its preamp features five 12AX7 and one 12AT7 preamp tubes.
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Balthazar Film Noir 50 Review

February 1, 2019
Shine on, you crazy Selmer clone!
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NAMM '19 - Blackstar JJN20, HT20, & Super Fly Demos with Jared James Nichols

January 27, 2019
Blues-rock badass Jared James Nichols wails through his impressively versatile—and loud—new signature head and cab.
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Victory Amps Releases the V140 Super Duchess

January 27, 2019
A 100-watt, single-channel, all-tube guitar amplifier with tube-driven spring reverb and tremolo.
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NAMM '19 - Revv D20 & G4 Demos

January 26, 2019
Watch a demo of the company's studio-focused lunchbox amp and latest hi-gain stomp.
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NAMM '19 - Sound City | Fryette SC20 Head & Classic 30th Anniversary Edition Demos

January 26, 2019
Circuit-savant Steven Fryette continues his Dave Reeves-inspired amp evolution with a phenomenal-sounding 6V6 head and a paint-peeling power amp.
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NAMM '19 - Marshall Studio Classic (JCM800 2203) and Studio Vintage (JMP 1959SLP) Demos

January 25, 2019
Two vaunted amp heads—the Super Lead and the JCM800—get distilled into impressive-sounding 20-watt incarnations with a smaller footprint, power scaling, and DI outputs.
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BC Audio Bel Air 40 Review

January 15, 2019
A stellar 6V6 combo with inspiring, innovative options.
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Signal to Noise: The Brown Sound

January 11, 2019
How did EVH achieve his signature tone?
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Signal to Noise: Demystifying the Tube Rectifier

December 16, 2018
Exactly how does this glowing bottle affect your tone?
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Dr. Z Amplification Introduces the Nova

November 30, 2018
The new dual-channel amp is designed to emulate a tweed Twin.
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Balthazar Audio Systems Unveils the Film Noir 50

October 11, 2018
A British-style 50-watt combo that aims to capture the psychedelic sounds of the 1960s.
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BC Audio Launches the Bel Air 40 Guitar Amp

October 11, 2018
An all-tube guitar amplifier with a unique set of front-panel controls that let the player reach inside the amp.
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Orange Introduces the Terror Bass

October 2, 2018
The redesigned amp features up to 500 watts of power, pad switch, and an ultra-lightweight lunchbox chassis.
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Hughes & Kettner Announces the Black Spirit 200

September 5, 2018
Every pot setting can be saved and recalled in up to 128 presets using any compatible MIDI footswitch.
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Benson Amps Releases the Vincent 30

August 23, 2018
The company installed their 1-watt Vinny amplifier directly into the preamp, allowing power-tube compression and distortion at any volume level.
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Friedman BE-50 Deluxe Review

August 7, 2018
Fifty watts of stunning Marshall-flavored versatility that moves from clean to screaming.
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All the World’s a Gain Stage

July 16, 2018
A beginner’s guide to what makes tube amps growl, bark, and purr—from preamp tubes to output transformers and every cathode in between.
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