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Carlsbro Amps 50 Top Evolution
"Carlsbro Amps brought the 50 Top Evolution head an 4x12 cab to Musikmesse. Based on its models from nearl 50 years ago, it features an EL34 power section, two channels with a footswitchable boost, a shared 3-band EQ, and dual master volumes. The closed-back cab is loaded with Celestion 75-watt speakers."

A compact pedal format preamp designed to offer classic, natural bass tone with increased tonal control and extended headroom.

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The slide master talks about amalgamating influences, keeping it fresh, how he approaches tone, and the best amp ever made.

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In their corner, from left to right: Wilco’s Pat Sansone (guitars, keys, and more), drummer Glenn Kotche, Jeff Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen.

Photo by Annabel Merhen

How Jeff Tweedy, Nels Cline, and Pat Sansone parlayed a songwriting hot streak, collective arrangements, live ensemble recording, and twangy tradition into the band’s new “American music album about America.”

Every artist who’s enjoyed some level of fame has had to deal with the parasocial effect—where audiences feel an overly intimate connection to an artist just from listening to their music. It can lead some listeners to believe they even have a personal relationship with the artist. I asked Jeff Tweedy what it feels like to be on the receiving end of that.

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