Not just another plexi clone!
BC Audio’s No. 10 Mk. II is company founder Bruce Clement’s ode to 50-watt British amplifiers of yesteryear. But while No. 10’s appearance is clearly influenced by older Marshall plexis, it’s not a straight clone. Its circuit departs from the original formula in several ways, notably in its 6SL7-based preamp section. The result is a fire-breathing 50-watt beast that generates power tube-like saturation at relatively manageable volumes.
Loud and Proud
At the heart of the No. 10 is a beautiful all-tube circuit, hand-wired point-to-point using top-shelf components. Two EL34 power tubes provide 50 watts of power. But instead of ubiquitous 12AX7-type preamp tubes, the No. 10 relies on four octal 6SL7 tubes. These, according to BC Audio, provide more open-sounding compression and more even-order harmonics when pushed into overdrive. The goal is smooth overdrive akin to a cranked plexi, minus the ear-bleeding levels needed to attain power-tube distortion on those amps.
The amp’s lone channel features gain, treble, midrange, bass, volume, presence, and depth controls. There are also footswitchable volume and gain boosts with independent controls and onboard LED indicators. The No. 10 also includes a tube-buffered effect loop with true bypass switching and dedicated send and return controls. The speaker load is switchable between 4, 8, and 16 ohms.
Awaken the Beast
As its red racing stripe implies, the No. 10 dishes tones with the muscle of a finely tuned late-’60s Shelby Mustang. I connected a Les Paul Custom and a Bogner 2x12 cab, setting the amp gain around 10 o’clock with the mids slightly scooped. Playing bluesy Zep licks, I was floored by how lively and full the amp’s clean tones sounded. The 6SL7 tubes provide plenty of breathing room without congestion or bitter edges. Switching to a Stratocaster, I relished the sparkling harmonics of clean arpeggios and clean-toned Keith Richards-style riffing.
Regardless of guitar type, the No. 10’s tones hit me in the chest more strongly than anticipated. The amp’s delivery simply feels more powerful than equivalent amps with 12AX7s. It almost seemed silly to have an optional volume boost at my disposal, since the amp was far louder than most 50-watters I’ve encountered. Meanwhile, the amp’s attack was less focused, but broader—sort of like the difference between a cut and a hard slap. I wasn’t put off by any means—far from it!—but it takes some getting used to.
When I advanced the gain and midrange controls to 1 o’clock, the No. 10 showed how menacing it can be. The overdrive’s heavy upper-mid emphasis gave my Les Paul an aggressive bite that left few doubts about the amp’s ability to cut through a mix. Alternating between speedy EVH licks and bluesy ’70s riffs, the drive’s grittiness advanced and retreated with a response similar to a fully cranked vintage non-master volume amp. When I backed off the guitar’s volume, the tone thinned out smoothly without compromising its treble bite.
BC Audio’s mighty No. 10 Mk. II delivers voluptuous tones, chest-caving power, and fantastic responsiveness. The build couldn’t be more rugged. The use of 6SN7 preamp tubes enables many cool tones for players seeking something a bit different from the norm. Factor in its user-friendly controls, independent volume and gain boosting, and full-featured effect loop, and the No. 10 is truly a force to be reckoned with.
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DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
The Relentless P and Relentless J pickups incorporate Neodymium magnets and produce 70 percent more output than traditional passive pickups, and they’re dead quiet due to the incorporation of metal covers and foil-shielded cables. To dial in (or fine-tune) the individual string output, the Relentless P and Relentless J include eight adjustable pole pieces. These pickups also have a broad magnetic field so you can even bend notes without volume dropout.
DiMarzio’s extra shielding makes the Relentless P and Relentless J better for both recording and stage performances. We’ve mounted them onto robust .09375” thick circuit board base plates to eliminate the annoying protruding mounting screws — ultimately creating a more comfortable and consistent foundation to rest your fingers on.
The new Relentless P steps beyond the traditional P-Bass sound and can only be described as massive. It has more of everything: more volume, beefier lows, a growling midrange, and crispy highs with better individual string definition.
The Relentless J incorporates a new invention, (patent pending) parallelogram-shaped coils, offering an expanded mid-range punch, snappy highs, precise lows, and a new dimension to the sound of the Relentless series pickups.
Relentless P and Relentless J pickups will breathe new life into any bass, increase playability, and work well for any style of music from Motown to metal.
DiMarzio’s Relentless P, Relentless J Bridge, Relentless J Neck, and Relentless J pair are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery.
Suggested List Price for the Relentless P is $169.00 (MAP $119.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Bridge and Relentless J neck is $155.00 (MAP $109.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Pair is $296.00 (MAP 209.99).
For more information, please visit our website at dimarzio.com.
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About Mystery Stocking
Each year, Premier Guitar likes to put out these mystery boxes as a part of bringing some fun to the holiday season. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun holiday treat! If the contents of this box will ruin your holiday, deplete the last of your bank account, or end your ability to see the good in humanity, it may not be for you.
- This year's Mystery Stocking will cost $44.95. ($39.95 + $5 Flat shipping)
- Each box will be guaranteed to contain $40 or more in value.
- US only. (Sorry World.)
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- There will be NO REFUNDS given.
- There has been a huge demand for these in the past. We really did sell out in less than 4 minutes last year. When they are gone, they are gone.
- One per household, one per person.
Q: What's in the Mystery Stocking?
A: It wouldn't be much of a surprise if we told you, now would it?
Q: Will I definitely get my money worth?
Q: Can I return it if I don't like it?
A: Nope. All sales final.
Q: What if I live outside the US?
A: Sorry, US only.
Q. How much is it?
A. $39.95 Plus $5 shipping
Q. When will it ship?
A. On or before December 10, 2022.
Q. What form of payment do you accept?
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Q. Can I ship to a different location than my billing address?
Q. I tried last year and didn't get one. Will I get one this year?
A. There is an overwhelming demand for Mystery Stocking. Be sure you have a fast internet connection and be ready when they go on sale. Last year we sold out in 3 min 33 seconds.
Q. I want to buy 5. How can I buy 5?
A. You can't. This year, we're limiting to one per household, so more people can get in on the fun!
Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
For more information, please visit origineffects.com.