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The Spitfire II (the two-channel version) sports the Spitfire Is voicing in Channel 1 and a full, rich vintage higher gain Channel 2 with DAs signature dual volume, gain design. Channel 2s voicing is big and tight like the vintage heads with an updated feel featuring plenty of lows and mids. It comes loaded with 4-EL34s and 6-12AX7 preamp tubes.
The Del Fuego is a hand-wired Class A, 22 watt head that is designed and voiced off boutique amp builder Roy Blankenship's designs, but with a Diamond twist. The Del Fuego uses 3-12AX7, 2-EL84 power tubes, and 1-6CA4 rectifier. It features two-channels (independent controls) with a tremolo effect.
The Vans Warped Distortion is limited edition pedal that has three basic controls - Grind, Edge, and Loud (translation: Drive, Tone, Volume). The Vans Warped Distortion is definitely geared towards Warped Tour inspired guitarists. The Visual Sound guys were really proud of its grinding, low-end distortion, which is pertinent to a lot of the Warped Tour artists' tone.
Based on Visual Sound's Route 808, the Open Road offers that tone but with a more open sounding, amp-like overdrive with less dominant mid-range. It produces clear low end, sparkling highs and none of the mid-range hump. Open Road features a very interactive tone circuit, effecting not only high-end roll-off, but gain structure as well.
Truetone Clean Boost is a way to push the front end of your tube amp. Then again, it's also a great way to push a good overdrive pedal a bit harder. If you like the tone you already have from another pedal, just put the Truetone after that pedal for a volume boost as the Visual Sound guys said its great for a solo boost or to make a certain part stand out. The Truetone can get up to a 15dB boost, but it runs internally off of 27V - so all of that boost is clean. They bump up the voltage inside the pedal, rather than requiring use of a special external power supply.
In short, Sonic Reality's motto is "Sample Everything," as they strive to create high quality loops for nearly every genre of music and playable sounds for every instrument category from drums to percussion, guitar, bass, keyboards, synths, orchestral, vocal and exotic instruments from all over the world.
First up is the MB500, which is a 500 watt bass head that will easily fit into your gig bag. Coming in at 10.75" x8.5" x1.75" and just under four pounds, the MB500 packs a considerable punch for its compact size. It features a four-band active EQ and contour control, that allows you to tweak your tone before hitting the digital power section. The preamp section also features a footswitchable boost channel with independent volume control.
Even smaller in size, the MB Fusion is the newest product released by Gallien-Krueger. Built on the success of the MB 500, the new MB Fusion incorporates the same all-tube preamp of the Fusion 550 and maintains a sleek and small design. It comes loaded with 3-12AX7 preamp tubes, four-band EQ and Deep and Bright switches.
The Fusion 1050 incorporates a six stage tube preamp paired with a 1000 watt version of the high current solid state power amp used in the 2001RB. It comes with three-12AX7 preamp tubes, Gain-Master-Horn controls, four-band active EQ and a variable Contour control with a mid frequency select.
We also get to check out some of DBZ's "Dark Side" models including the Venom (mahogany body, set maple neck w/ ebony fingerboard, EMG pickups and original Floyd Rose) and Bird of Prey (mahogany body, set maple neck w/ ebony fingerboard, EMG pickups and original Floyd Rose trem).
First off, the Cigno features a bound mahogany body, set mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard and it comes loaded with Hanson P-90s.
Another model is the Gatto, which comes with bound mahogany body, set mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard and is loaded with Hanson humbuckers featuring coil-tap options.
Next up, is the Chicagoan. It features bound maple top, back and sides, set maple neck with a ebony fingerboard and its loaded with Hanson mini-humbuckers.
And the last Hanson model we get to check out is the Firenze. This model features and ash body, maple bolt-on neck, rosewood or maple fingerboards and Hanson "Blade" mini-humbuckers.
And for a more traditional mandolin, he shows us his F5Z mandolin. It features an engleman spruce top, carved African zebrawood back and sides, solid Canadian flamed maple neck and an ebony fingerboard.
We get to hear 3rd Power's first amp offering from their HLH 100 Series, the HD100 (a 100W head) and their unique HLH cabinets that house Celestion Vintage 30s. The hand-wired, point-to-point HD100 head comes loaded with 4-EL34s, various outputs (16 ohm, 8 or 4) 3-12AX7 preamp tubes. The speaker cabinets are designed to remove the beaming and comb-filtering of a typical cabinet. The 3rd Power guys said that when stacking three-3x12 cabinets together, you can attain a high-quality *WET/DRY/WET sound in the same space as two conventional cabinets.
The G-Lab True Bypass Wah-Pad is a full analog device that makes the use of wah-wah type effects more comfortable. As described to us by the G-Lab fellas, using a traditional wah-wah effect requires switching it ON and OFF, which forces the player to perform an additional operation during which playing is not possible. The wah-pad eliminates this operation. The wah-pad is supplied from included 9V internal battery or an external power supply adapter.
We also get a peek at the StingRay SLO Special which features the traditional StingRay setup but comes with a slimmer, Sterling-style neck.
The AX40 has contoured basswood body with cream binding, quilted maple veneer top, Sterling double-locking tremolo, bolt-on maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and two Sterling A5 Zebra Humbuckers.
The JP50 (John Petrucci Signature) has a baswood body, custom Sterling Petrucci Neck carve, a maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, two Sterling Modern Humbuckers and Sterling Modern Tremolo recessed bridge.
The SB14 bass comes with a basswood body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, Music Man-Designed humbucker with a 3rd hidden phantom coil and an active preamp.
The Ray34 bass features a swamp ash body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, Music-Man designed humbucker and a 6-bolt neck joint.
The Jubilee Series Classic Small-Body has a solid Sitka spruce top and supported with hand-shaped, fully scalloped x-bracing. The back and sides are made of figured maple. The "C" profile neck is made from a single piece of solid mahogany with traditionally styled inlay on the rosewood fretboard.