October 2020

 

EL34

ARTICLES

Black Volt Amplification Hawk Demo - PG Gear Spotlight

September 15, 2020
Handmade in Los Angeles, the Black Volt Hawk features reclaimed wood and grille cloths and aims to meld Fender and Marshall tones in a low-wattage design that can accommodate any octal power tube without re-biasing.
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Massive Headroom, Sweet Cleans & Vintage Style

July 30, 2020
Whether it’s power or an impeccable pedal platform you seek, this upscale take on Dave Reeves’s 50-watt Hiwatt circuit is a rock-solid performer. The PG Hylight Custom 50 VR504H review.
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Span the Gamut of JCM Sounds in a Single Bound

July 6, 2020
This 50-watt, dual-channel head conjures everything from ’80s metal to ’90s grunge and acres of heaviness in between. The Premier Guitar Fuchs Mantis 89 review.
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Friedman Amplification Jake E. Lee, Steve Stevens & Twin Sister Head Demos | NAMM 2020

January 17, 2020
The heavyweight sidemen get updates to their ripping heads, and Dirty Shirley gets a great-sounding new sibling.
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Friedman Unveils the BE100 Deluxe

July 26, 2019
The 100-watt monsters feature three channels, two of which are from Dave's legendary past—BE, HBE, and completely revamped clean channel in the Smallbox Plexi.
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Marshall SV20C Studio Vintage Review

July 3, 2019
Plexi tone in a petite package.
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First Look: Marshall SV20C Studio Vintage

March 18, 2019
PG's lovable picker John Bohlinger uses the Page formula (Les Paul and Tele) to test out the new 1x10 combo based on a heralded stadium-filling 1959 Super Lead.
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Balthazar Film Noir 50 Review

February 1, 2019
Shine on, you crazy Selmer clone!
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NAMM '19 - Marshall Studio Classic (JCM800 2203) and Studio Vintage (JMP 1959SLP) Demos

January 25, 2019
Two vaunted amp heads—the Super Lead and the JCM800—get distilled into impressive-sounding 20-watt incarnations with a smaller footprint, power scaling, and DI outputs.
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Dimed & Dangerous: So Many Tubes, So Little Time

November 23, 2018
Thinking about a tube swap? Here are four factors to consider.
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First Look: Marshall Origin 50C

October 11, 2018
Guitarist John Bohlinger uses a '60s Strat, '50s goldtop, and a dual-humbucker Kiesel to hear the various tonal flavors residing in the British rock box.
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Marshall Origin 50C Review

October 11, 2018
A big-toned bargain that’s perfect for pedalboard tone sculptors.
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Friedman BE-50 Deluxe Review

August 7, 2018
Fifty watts of stunning Marshall-flavored versatility that moves from clean to screaming.
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SNAMM '18 - 3rd Power Kitchen Sink Demo

July 1, 2018
Find out how three distinct (and killer) amp voicings are packed into one box of rock.
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Blackstar HT Club 40 MkII Review

April 24, 2018
A budget-friendly combo with countless crunch tones plus studio-friendly features.
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First Look: Friedman BE-50 Deluxe

March 19, 2018
The Lee Brice sideman busts out his PRS hollowbody, Hahn T-style, and a vintage Les Paul and Strat to properly rock out this 50-watt monster.
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NAMM '18 - Marshall DSL40C & Origin20C Demos

January 31, 2018
Two new tube-driven combos offer different takes on the classic Marshall sound—at lower volumes and lighter poundage.
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NAMM '18 - Friedman BE-50 Deluxe, Vintage-S, Metro-D, Gold-72, DP-OD & Golden Pearl Demos

January 26, 2018
The updated Deluxe head rips three different ways. Plus—find out about the brand's expanding guitar family.
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SNAMM '17 - Bullhead Amplification Paragon Demo

July 14, 2017
Amp builder Scott VanFossen unleashes a head that can come with either 6L6 or EL34 tubes and is equally equipped to handle acoustics.
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Black Wing Amplification Screamin’ Eagle 50 Review

July 10, 2017
A handbuilt setup that combines crystal-clean headroom with more than enough flavors of rich distortion.
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