An incredibly simple cabinet that adds glowing tube warmth to your digital setup.
Impressive feel and volume for 20 watts. Dead simple to use.
ValveTrain PowerTrain Studio 20
Ease of Use:
With all the advances in guitar technology over the last few years, deciding between analog and digital isn’t an either/or choice. You can have both. ValveTrain’s PowerTrain Studio 20 is an impressively powered cab aimed at adding real tubes to your digital signal chain. Inside the Studio 20 sits a 12AX7 preamp tube and a pair of 6V6 power tubes, which is wrapped in a handwired Class AB setup. Around the front sits a single volume knob that just makes things loud. Real loud.
I used a Fractal Audio Axe-Fx III and a Headrush Pedalboard to give the Studio 20 a workout. Set up couldn’t be any simpler: Just plug in and crank it up. The clarity of the Eminence Copperhead speaker was inspiring and punchy. I dialed up a Vox-style AC30 patch and the high-end breakup and chime came through amazingly well. In most cases, I would turn off the cab sim in the modeler. However, there were a few settings where I preferred “doubling” up on the cabs to create a different EQ curve.
Obviously, the quality of your tones will depend on how dialed in your modeler is. However, even with less-than-perfect presets, the PowerTrain Studio 20 brought out all the harmonic richness and warmth that I look for in any tube amp. Also, don’t be fooled by the 20 watts under the hood. (ValveTrain also makes a 50-watt model.) This cab is loud. I can’t imagine having the volume much past noon even when you’re playing larger clubs. Having some glowing glass right before the sound hits the speaker is a great idea, and if you’re the kind of player who lives in the digital world, the PowerTrain Studio 20 could fool your ears and hands.
Test gear: Schroeder Chopper TL, Fractal Audio Axe-Fx III, Headrush Pedalboard
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This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audio’s flagship product line.
Adding to the company’s line of premium-quality effects pedals, Missing Link Audio has unleashed the new AC/Overdrive pedal. This full-amp-stack-in-a-box pedal – the only Angus & Malcom all-in-one stompbox on the market – brings a new flavor to the Guitar Legend Tone Series of pedals, Missing Link Audio’s flagship product line.
The AC/OD layout has three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone. That user-friendly format is perfect for quickly getting your ideal tone, and it also offers a ton of versatility. MLA’s new AC/OD absolutely nails the Angus tone from the days of “High Voltage” to "Back in Black”. You can also easily dial inMalcom with the turn of a knob. The pedal covers a broad range of sonic terrain, from boost to hot overdrive to complete tube-like saturation. The pedal is designed to leave on all the time and is very touch responsive. You can get everything from fat rhythm tones to a perfect lead tone just by using your guitar’s volume knob and your right-hand attack.
- Three knobs to control Volume, Gain and Tone
- Die-cast aluminum cases for gig-worthy durability
- Limited lifetime warranty
- True bypass on/off switch
- 9-volt DC input
- Made in the USA
MLA Pedals AC/OD - Music & Demo by A. Barrero
Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters are designed to offer a fat midrange and a smooth top end.
Billy Corgan was looking for something for heavier Smashing Pumpkins songs, so Joe Naylor designed the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One pickup. Sporting custom artwork etched onto the covers, the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One Humcutters have a fat midrange and a smooth top end. This pickup combines the drive and sustain of a humbucker with the percussive attack and string clarity of a P90. Get beefy P90 tone plus amp-pummeling output with the Railhammer Billy Corgan Z-One.
Patented Railhammer Pickups take passive guitar pickups to a new level with rails under the wound strings lead to tighter lows, and poles under the plain strings offer fatter heights. With increased clarity, the passive pickup’s tone is never sterile.
Railhammer Billy Corgan Signature Z-One Pickup Demo
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Designed for utmost comfort and performance, the Vertigo Ultra Bass is Mono’s answer to those who seek the ultimate gigging experience.
Complete with a range of game-changing design features, such as the patent-pending attachable FREERIDE Wheel System, premium water-resistant and reflective materials, shockproof shell structure and improved ergonomic features, the Vertigo Ultra Bass takes gear protection to the next level.
The Vertigo Ultra Bass features:
- Patent-pending FREERIDE Wheel System that allows for wheels to be attached on the case in no time, giving you the option to travel with it seamlessly
- Upgraded materials, including a water-resistant 1680D Ballistic Nylon outer shell, plush inner lining and new reflective trim for maximum backstage and night visibility
- Enhanced protection with a shockproof shell structure and heavy-duty water-resistant YKK zippers for protection from the elements
- Improved ergonomics and functionality including added back support and load-lifting detachable shoulder straps with side release buckles
- Flexible storage options with added space for touring essentials