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Micki Free with his sidekicks: JMP 2061X heads, 1974X combos, and SV20C combos. The guitar is a Teye Gypsy Queen model.

The veteran blues-rocker uses low-wattage amps to creative a massive, high-intensity sound that nods to heroes like Hendrix, Trower, and early Clapton.

Micki Free is not a less-is-more kind of player—at least when it comes to amps. His setup is all reissue Marshalls: two JMP 2061X heads perched on 4x12 stacks, a pair of 1974X combos, and double SV20C 1x10 combos. They look great together and, of course, sound even better.

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This Silvertone 1482 looks like it may have suffered some water damage or excessive dampness. Take an amp with this kind of staining and erosion to a tech before plugging in, since it is a potential shock or fire hazard.

How to know when a vintage amp is worth rescuing.

I'll bet most of us have experienced this: You're en route to the grocery store on a pleasant Sunday morning, not a care in the world except getting home for breakfast in a timely manner … and then it happens. You see someone staking a garage sale sign at the corner. Your mind begins racing as you do the math. The person with the sign looks old enough to have cool stuff and I'm the first to see this sign. Will it be me who finds the mint '59 Bassman and Les Paul that must certainly be waiting there?

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Four irresistible combinations every guitar junkie's gotta try.

To get inspired by someone's guitar playing, I need to bond with their tone. Perhaps other guitarists and tone nerds feel the same way? I believe most people will appreciate and recognize a great guitar tone even if they're not into guitars and not able to express what they like.

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