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Meet My 1965 Super Reverb—The Greatest Amp I've Ever Played

February 21, 2021
Our columnist shares a love story about his longtime passion for the 1965 heavyweight that’s his No. 1.
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Loud, Fat, and Flat-Out Awesome

January 25, 2021
How Indigenous’ Mato Nanji gets roaring Hendrix-inspired tones from his Fender 75s.
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Finding Perfect Tones in Imperfect Amps

January 5, 2021
Your signature Fender sound could be just a tweak or twist away.
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Tripping the Heavy Fantastic with a Hot Rod Deluxe

December 8, 2020
With Public Enemy, guitarist Khari Wynn uses a Marshall, but a humble Fender workhorse helps carry his own transcendent compositions.
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The Saga of the Linda Ronstadt Deluxe

November 15, 2020
How a not-so-special silver-panel amp was transformed into solid gold.
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Amp Too Damn Loud? Here Are 10 Attenuators That'll Save Your Bacon

October 9, 2020
Cop-call-deterring boxes from Weber, Two Notes, Bugera, Radial, Mesa/Boogie, and more.
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How to Get Hendrix Tone with Classic Fender Amps

August 24, 2020
How to make a Bassman, Twin, or Super Reverb sound more Experienced.
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To Wreck or to Rock?

July 3, 2020
How to know when a vintage amp is worth rescuing.
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Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate: Classic Guitar & Fender-Amp Pairings

May 21, 2020
Four irresistible combinations every guitar junkie's gotta try.
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How to Get Big Tones on Small Stages

February 25, 2020
Find the sweet spot between volume, sanity, and sonic happiness with classic-style Fender amps.
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Wake Up Tired Amps with New Speakers

December 24, 2019
An easy way to get better response, higher headroom, and more punch from your vintage Fender.
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Silver and Black: Tips for Buying Vintage Fender Amps

November 5, 2019
The literal ins and outs of getting the right amp at the right price.
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Last Call: Following Van Halen on a Quest for Power Control

October 17, 2019
Early on, Eddie discovered Variacs allowed him to adjust the electrical voltage output to his amps. Here’s a way to do it if you’re on a budget.
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Silver and Black: Simple Tube Tricks for Beginners

September 2, 2019
Need more headroom or gain? Spin the bottles.
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Tuning Up: The Tube That’ll Save Your Amp “Marriage”

July 24, 2019
You’re missing out if you haven’t explored the tone-rich world beyond 12AX7s.
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Dial It In: Swapping Tubes

July 23, 2019
Fine-tune your tube amp’s gain structure and headroom by experimenting with preamp and phase-inverter tubes.
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Dimed and Dangerous: The Gentle Brute’s Guide to Troubleshooting

July 8, 2019
Don’t be afraid to use some carefully applied force to get results—on vintage Teles or funky tubes.
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Dimed & Dangerous: That’s My Sound, Man!

June 20, 2019
In a new band? Here’s how to fit in sonically—and do it in style.
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Signal to Noise: Current Affairs

May 22, 2019
Discover how a critical difference between a self-contained guitar amp and a component rack system affects dynamic response and feel.
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