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Rig Rundown: Tom Bukovac

January 15, 2020
When you’re one of the most recorded guitarists in Nashville, you make sure you can cover all the bases. Watch this in-depth look at the amazing vintage guitars, rare amps, and massive pedalboard that inspires one of Nashville’s first-call session players.
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Rig Rundown: Chon

October 4, 2017
The chill, mostly instrumental rockers breeze through a tonal equation that includes Ibanez guitars, Matchless combos, and a bunch of pedals.
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Rig Rundown: moe.’s Al Schnier, Chuck Garvey & Rob Derhak

March 18, 2015
The jam-band vets show us their boutique pedals, rad amps, and silver-finished instruments built to commemorate their 25th anniversary.
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Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons’ Wayne Sermon: Life in the Fast Lane

March 2, 2015
A love of synth-like tones, simple melodies, and classic rock carries this former jazzbo to the big stages.
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Matchless Thunderman Review

November 18, 2013
The triumphant return of a classic bass amp inspired by another classic bass amp.
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J. Rockett Hightop

J. Rockett Audio Designs Ushers in Collaboration with Mark Sampson and Unveils Hightop Boost/EQ

August 15, 2013
J. Rockett Audio Designs collaborates with Matchless Amps founder Mark Sampson to create the Hightop Boost/EQ.
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NAMM '12 - Matchless Amplifiers Hot Box 3 Demo

January 31, 2012
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2012 NAMM Show where she visits the Matchless Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear a demo of Matchless' newest product -- the Hot Box 3 preamp pedal.
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NAMM '11 - Matchless Excalibur 30 & 35 Demos

January 27, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where she visits the Matchless Amplification booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear PG's first demo of the Matchless' Excalibur 30 & 35 combos.
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Video Review - Matchless Amplifiers Avalon 35

June 16, 2010
PG's Editor in Chief Shawn Hammond walks us through his latest review of the Matchless Amplifiers Avalon 35, which is featured in the July 2010 issue of Premier Guitar.

The Avalon 35 is an EL-34 powered combo that incorporates top-shelf components in a design with partial PC-board construction. In addition, it's loaded with 5-12AX7s, a 5AR4 tube recitifier, and a robust transformer. The cabinet is loaded with a 12" 30 watt Celestion G12H speaker. The front panel controls on the Avalon 35 include Volume, Bass, Treble, Cut, Master Push/Pull, and Reverb.
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NAMM '10:Matchless Amps Avalon 35 Demo & Plexi Cab

February 3, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM show where she swings by the Matchless Amplification booth. In this segment, we get to check out three of their latest products; the Avalon 35 combo (demo), the RV2 combo and some plexiglass cabs/combos.
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LA Amp Show '09 - Matchless Amps Avalon 30 Demo

November 15, 2009
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.

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