December 2020

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Mesa Boogie

Mesa/Boogie Unveils the Badlander

November 16, 2020
Both the Badlander 100 and 50 are all-tube amplifiers featuring EL34 power tubes, 12AX7 preamp tubes and a bias switch provides the option of using either EL34s or 6L6s.
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Linda Ronstadt Deluxe Reverb homepage

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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Morgan

Morgan Amps Unveils the MVP 66

November 13, 2020
The new combo features Morgan's "Power Leve" circuitry that controls how much voltage is sent to the power tubes.
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Love & Sockets Fantastic Negrito homepage

"I Don't Have Any Regular Settings"

October 16, 2020
Fantastic Negrito on the “freaky” Orange amp with as many moods as his Grammy-winning tunes.
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Friedman

Friedman Amplification Releases the Twin Sister Head & Combo

September 28, 2020
A 40-watt, 5881-powered, dual-channel design based on a modified JTM 45 circuit.
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Mojotone BlackOut British review homepage

Mojotone BlackOut British: The Premier Guitar Review

September 18, 2020
This intriguingly flexible take on the 18-watt formula serves up vintage authenticity while upping the EQ power considerably.
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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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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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Rig Rundown Best Ofs - Wall of Amps

Rig Rundown Best-Ofs: Walls of Amps

July 17, 2020
Deafened is as deafened does—from Sleep’s Matt Pike to EJ, Bonamassa, the Edge and more.
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1966 Gibson GA-20 RVT Minuteman Love and Sockets Fannys House of Music Nashville homepage

A Rock ’n’ Roll Survivor Beats the Odds Again

July 12, 2020
Time and a tornado can’t stop this 18-watt Gibson GA-20 Minuteman—or the little Nashville guitar shop that’s selling it.
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Balthazar

Balthazar Releases the Cabaret 13 Combo

July 8, 2020
A compact 13-watt design with a newly designed preamp that also features a bias tremolo circuit.
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DIY rescuing vintage amps homepage

To Wreck or to Rock?

July 3, 2020
How to know when a vintage amp is worth rescuing.
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1966 Fender Deluxe amp iso lab john bohlinger

Iso Lab: 1966 Fender Deluxe Amp

June 29, 2020
Watch John Bohlinger get busy with his light-but-loud blackface amp that has become a favorite for recording twangy tunes.
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1964 Fender Pro Amp

Iso Lab: 1964 Fender Pro Amp

June 1, 2020
PG's John Bohlinger shows off his 1x15 blackface combo with a '61 355, bender Tele, and a '55 Strat.
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1966 Fender Twin Reverb Demo John Bohlinger

Iso Lab: 1966 Fender Twin Reverb

May 25, 2020
PG's Music City demo maestro uses a bender Tele, a vintage Strat, and an old cherry 355 to get clean, loud, and bubbly with his blackface tonal bedrock.
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Fender Amps Gibson Guitars Hendrix homepage

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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1964 Vibroverb

Iso lab: 1964 Fender Vibroverb

May 11, 2020
Channeling his inner SRV, John Bohlinger enlists a trio of axes to dance with the blackface combo popularized by Texas Flood.
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1964 Concert Pro

Iso Lab: 1964 Fender Concert Amp

May 4, 2020
PG's Last Call columnist and demo dude stays homes to fire up his blackface 4x10 and works out the classic AB763 circuit with a '60s 355, bari Tele, and a vintage Strat.
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Suhr Hombre - homepage

Suhr Hombre: The Premier Guitar Review

March 24, 2020
Brownface Deluxe tones and beautiful bubbling tremolo distinguish this light but loud gigging and studio machine.
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1983 Fender Concert homepage

A High Five for an Underappreciated Fender

March 20, 2020
Handwired by amp guru Paul Rivera, this ’80s Concert rules for everything from blues to rock, and Americana.
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