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The latest generation of Boss’ flagship digital amp is out to snatch the tones-per-dollar title belt.

Exceptional sounds throughout. Great high-gain tones. Off-the-charts value.

A built-in tuner would have been a nice touch.

$599

Boss Katana Artist Gen 3, $599,
boss.info

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Boss’ Katana digital amps are among the most successful amplifiers of all time. They’ve sold over a million units since the first one appeared in 2016. But that’s hardly surprising given the wealth of sounds most Katanas put on offer, their abundance of features, and almost unrivaled bang for the buck.

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Steve Morse's Engl Amps and Pedalboard
Steve Morse's Engl Amps & Pedalboard

The technical tactician and melodic monster shows how he's created a fine-tuned tonal arsenal with ultimate control.

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Excellent interface design enables this evolutionary unit to go toe-to-toe with multi-modeler titans.

Exceptional, and exceptionally intuitive, interface. Road-worthy build. Easy for modeler newbies to get started.

Many models exhibit trebly, fizzy tendencies. No amp capture capability. Less expansive user community than competition.

$1,699

Fender Tone Master Pro
fender.com

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There are a few ways to think about powerful multi-modelers like the Fender Tone Master Pro. On one hand, they address 21st-century music industry realities—namely that everyone from wedding bands to high-profile touring acts can scarcely afford the techs and transport required to maintain and move heaps of gear. They are a natural fit for home recording, enabling a lot of players to make huge sounds in small spaces. Philosophically speaking, they also reflect the state—and possibilities—of a super-postmodern art moment, where every sound can be accessed, ingested, inhaled, scrambled, and reassembled in any way a musician’s whims and processing power may take them.

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This lightweight and compact acoustic amp will keep your guitar’s organic signal intact, and at a fair price.

Preserves authentic signal with accuracy. Wide dynamic range. Very portable. Affordable.

Balance between gain and master can be sensitive. Chorus effect is limited.

$299

Fishman Loudbox Micro
fishman.com

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