humboldt

A dual-amp powerhouse with a plethora of features.

Great size-to-feature ratio. Plenty of tonal options.

Missing a spring reverb emulation. Tube emulations can be subtle.

$459

DSM & Humboldt Simplifier DLX
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Pedalboard amps seem to be all the rage lately. And I have to admit that I've become increasingly more amicable to getting big tones with less gear. The DSM & Humboldt Simplifier DLX, which delivers a lot of big tones in a single suited-for-pedalboard sized stomp, is the latest iteration of the company's "zero-watt" amp series and features plenty of bells and whistles for the stereo set.

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Intermediate

Beginner

  • Develop a better sense of subdivisions.
  • Understand how to play "over the bar line."
  • Learn to target chord tones in a 12-bar blues.
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