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Reviews: Amps

Blackstar HT Club 40 MkII Review

April 24, 2018
A budget-friendly combo with countless crunch tones plus studio-friendly features.
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Dr. Z Z-PLUS Review

April 17, 2018
A versatile low-watt monster with a whole lotta roar.
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Todd Sharp JOAT 20 Review

March 13, 2018
A studio ace's decades of session experience informed this combo's galaxy of tones—and all without a traditional tone stack.
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Nolatone Club Master Review

January 18, 2018
Paul Sanders’ compact and excellent pedal platform delivers much more than mere headroom. It also sounds awesome, all by itself.
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Quick Hit: Vox Adio Air BS

January 7, 2018
A compact and suave bass amp with a Vox full of useful goods inside.
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ValveTrain Thunder/Train Review

January 1, 2018
A Supro Thunderbolt-inspired design that adds versatility to a classic tone recipe.
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Quick Hit: Baroni Lab Mini Amp 50 Review

November 28, 2017
With remarkably tube-like responsiveness and nice extras, this class-D amplifier-and-distortion-box combo packs impressive punch.
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Wooly Coats Spanky MkII Review

November 23, 2017
A throwback combo that combines modern volume control with classic vibes.
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Fender ’64 Custom Deluxe Reverb Review

November 9, 2017
A long-overdue handwired classic knocks it out of the park with tones and no-brainer mods that more than justify the price.
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Hughes & Kettner Era 1 Review

November 7, 2017
A mainstay rock ‘n’ roll amplifier maker delivers an impressive acoustic surprise.
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Gear of the Year 2017

November 7, 2017
Another year, another dazzling parade of pedals, guitars, amps, modelers, and accessories that made our noggins spin.
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Quick Hit: Fluid Audio Strum Buddy

November 2, 2017
Look ma! There’s an amp on my guitar!
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Boss Acoustic Singer Live Review

October 2, 2017
Impressive value and features add up to a versatile acoustic amplification solution.
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Supro 1685RT Neptune Reverb Review

September 6, 2017
Supro teams with SIR to create a unique and potent backline workhorse.
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David Nordschow Amplification DNA-800 Review

August 9, 2017
A light and tight bass powerhouse with an impressive design pedigree.
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Victory V40 Deluxe Review

August 1, 2017
Bridging the blackface/plexi gap.
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Friedman Dirty Shirley Mini Review

July 28, 2017
A kid-sister amp with a grown-up voice.
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Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister Deluxe 40 Review

July 16, 2017
Tube potency meets programmability in a super-flexible 40-watt monster.
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Black Wing Amplification Screamin’ Eagle 50 Review

July 10, 2017
A handbuilt setup that combines crystal-clean headroom with more than enough flavors of rich distortion.
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Hilbish Design Beta Review

July 7, 2017
The spirit of the Sunn Beta is reborn in Nate Hilbish’s loud and lovingly executed homage.
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