PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he swings by the Matchless Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get our first taste of Matchless' Avalon 30 1x12 combo. The Avalon 30 1x12 combo is a one-channel, 30 Watt (switchable to 15 Watt) Class A amp. It has 4-EL84 power tubes, 3-12AX17, 5-12AX7 (reverb) preamp tubes and 1-5AR4 rectifier tube. The Avalon utilizes an innovative new hybrid construction method which combines point to point wiring, circuit tracing, and turret style construction. Also, this model comes packed with a Celestion G12H30 speaker.



PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he swings by the Matchless Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get our first taste of Matchless' Avalon 30 1x12 combo.

The Avalon 30 1x12 combo is a one-channel, 30 Watt (switchable to 15 Watt) Class A amp. It has 4-EL84 power tubes, 3-12AX17, 5-12AX7 (reverb) preamp tubes and 1-5AR4 rectifier tube. The Avalon utilizes an innovative new hybrid construction method which combines point to point wiring, circuit tracing, and turret style construction. Also, this model comes packed with a Celestion G12H30 speaker.

The emotional wallop of the acoustic guitar sometimes flies under the radar. Even if you mostly play electric, here are some things to consider about unplugging.

I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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Megadeth founder teams up with Gibson for his first acoustic guitar in the Dave Mustaine Collection.

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Jazz virtuoso Lionel Loueke joins us in contemplating who we’d put at the helm while making the album of a lifetime. Plus, musical obsessions!

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