A modern take on an obscure Vox gem.
Vintage Vox brillance. Taut lows and ample headroom. Lovely trem and reverb.
A bit pricy for a 10-watt combo?
Henry Amps SRT+
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The SRT+ from New Jersey’s Henry Amplification is inspired by an ultra-rare, mid-’60s Vox amp: the AC10SRT, or Super Reverb Twin. This amp has fascinated me for ages—or at least since yesterday, when I read about it for the first time. It was a head-only dual-EL84 model. (“Super” is vintage Vox-speak for amps with separate head and cabs.)
Henry’s SRT+ remains largely faithful to the original AC10SRT, both in circuitry and build techniques. But a few meaningful departures expand the amp’s range and make it more attractive to modern players. These are the “plus” in SRT+. Unlike the original AC10SRT, with its quirky trapezoidal head, the SRT+ head and combo both live in more conventional rectangular cabinetry. Henry offers the head at $1,695. But we reviewed the $1,995 combo with its terrific-sounding 12" Warehouse BlackHawk alnico 50-watt speaker—an upscale model that sells for $240.
Fizz Meets Fundamentals
The SRT+ resides in the same tone galaxy as a Vox AC15. Clean tones are articulate and bell-like. High-gain settings yield unmistakably Vox-y distortion, distinguished by fizzy, animated highs and high-cholesterol harmonic saturation.
It can be difficult to pinpoint exact tonal differences between Henry’s 18-watt SRT+ design and 15-watt Vox designs because much of the Henry’s personality stems from its speaker. While the Warehouse BlackHawk employs a period-correct alnico magnet, its relatively high headroom provides low-end punch and definition that you don’t generally associate with low-wattage Voxes.
It’s almost as if some sonic mad scientist stitched together the taut low-end response of a blackface Fender with the edgy presence of an early Vox. Meanwhile, the high headroom means you can smack the amp’s input with distortion pedals without making tone oatmeal. This is a fuzz-friendly amp.
A light and resonant solid-wood cabinet disperses sound evenly. It’s a detailed, all-enveloping sound, and loud enough for small stages unless you’re playing in a noisy environment with an aggressive drummer.
Shaken, Not Splashed
The amp weighs 40 pounds, which may seem heavy for a 18-watter. But the hefty custom-wound Heyboer transformers and relatively weighty alnico speaker more than compensate in performance for the hassle of extra weight. The rectifier tube is an EZ81. Like the original, the SRT+ offers tube-driven bias tremolo—another quintessentially Vox characteristic. The trem’ rate doesn’t get unusually slow or fast, but it sure goes deep. Maxed out, it yields a hard, square-wave-like chop. You can really get lost in the dreamy modulation.
There’s also tube-driven spring reverb. The reverb tone is warmly inviting, but its effect is subtle compared to, say, 1960s Fender reverb circuits. Its somewhat dark tones sit tidily behind the dry signal and sound great at all settings. Just don’t expect over-the-top splashiness. Here, the original’s wet/dry control is supplemented by a dwell control which regulates drive into the reverb tank. There’s a rear-panel jack for activating the trem and reverb. You hear the full range of the trem and reverb controls over the course of the demo clip, online.
Small Controls, Big Drama
The second reverb knob isn’t the only new control. There’s also a 3-position toggle that trims varying amounts of low end at the amp’s input. Presumably, the low-cut settings are designed to manicure sloppy lows when using humbuckers. But I found all three settings useful with both my demo guitars (a ’63 Stratocaster and a DIY guitar with vintage-style PAFs). This bass cut switch interacts beautifully with the single high-cut tone control. These two simple tools can generate a remarkable number of tones. I certainly didn’t miss having a mid control or a bass-shelving tone pot.
The grayish “blackened catfish” vinyl on our review model echoes vintage Vox, as does the diamond-patterned grille cloth. White knobs on a reflective black control plate provide attractive counterpoint. The interior work is strictly traditional, with components hand-soldered on turret board and chassis-mounted pots and jacks. The wire work looks dependable, if not as fastidiously neat as on some ultra-premium amps.
What’s cooler than a lovely modern-replica version of a favorite vintage amp? Maybe a lovely replica of a vintage amp that’s flown under the radar? With its high headroom, stout 50-watt speaker, and simple-yet-effective tone controls, Henry’s SRT+ is no strict ’60s throwback. It melds some of the most beloved attributes of early Voxes with musically meaningful updates, not to mention extraordinary muscle for a 18-watt combo. Its tones are both familiar and fresh—and a pleasure to play 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.
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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.