Read the September 2018 Issue

Tube Combo

ARTICLES

Mesa/Boogie Introduces the Fillmore 50

August 7, 2018
A vintage-voiced, 6L6-powered combo that features a simple two-channel platform.
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Sound City SC30 Review

July 17, 2018
This ’60s-inspired combo is a minimalist monster.
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All the World’s a Gain Stage

July 16, 2018
A beginner’s guide to what makes tube amps growl, bark, and purr—from preamp tubes to output transformers and every cathode in between.
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SNAMM '18 - Park Amplifiers Park 18 Demo

July 15, 2018
Former Marshall guru Mitch Colby drives his new British-style 18-watter (which is also equipped with lovely tube-driven tremolo) with both a Tele and humbuckers.
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EVH 5150III 1x12 50W 6L6 Combo Review

July 10, 2018
Improvements to this 6L6 combo mean tone variation and versatility that transcend Van Halen sound templates.
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SNAMM '18 - Square Amps The Doyle Combo Demo

July 8, 2018
Austin's builder of one-off amps shows off his lone standard model—a Champ-style 1x10 with a little extra gain and a transformative back-panel presence control.
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SNAMM '18 - Greer Amplification Supa Cobra & Alliance 20 Demos

July 6, 2018
Nick Greer shows us his new high-gain overdrive with three clipping modes, as well as a swell 2-channel amp that combines tweed Champ-style and Brit-combo topologies.
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SNAMM '18 - Elliott Guitars Halocaster and Pine Top Demos

July 5, 2018
A mashup of two classic models results in fun, twangy tones. Also, check out two powerful combos that harken back to gritty tweeds.
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SNAMM '18 - Koch Amps The Greg Demo

July 5, 2018
The unoffical mayor of NAMM finally gets his own signature model that is packed with harmonic vibrato, deep reverb controls, and an all-tube boost.
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First Look: Vox AC30S1

June 27, 2018
Check out John Bohlinger throw a handful of guitars loaded with various pickups at the new EL84 combo with a single Celestion speaker and revamped digital reverb.
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Supro Launches the Black Magick Reverb Amplifier

June 21, 2018
Developed in collaboration with Lenny Kravitz, the amp features two independent preamp channels that can be linked together.
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Notone Amps Unveils New SE50 Line

May 15, 2018
A new line of tube amps that hit both British and American voicings.
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Ask Amp Man: Adding Gain to a Tired Regal R-1160

May 11, 2018
Transforming a vintage pedal platform into a powerful player.
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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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Dr. Z Z-PLUS Review

April 17, 2018
A versatile low-watt monster with a whole lotta roar.
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Fender Releases the Joe Bonamassa '59 Twin-Amp

March 28, 2018
The amp features a classic 80-watt Fender 5F8A circuit, hand-wired eyelet board, and Fender vintage-style “yellow” paper-foil-resin tone capacitors.
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Todd Sharp JOAT 20 Review

March 13, 2018
A studio ace's decades of session experience informed this combo's galaxy of tones—and all without a traditional tone stack.
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B&G Guitars Unveils the Prototype Amp

February 20, 2018
A 2x10 combo that's fueled by a pair of 6V6 tubes.
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Swart Amplifier Co Introduces the Antares Combo

February 16, 2018
A 22-watt combo packed with both 6L6 and 6V6 tubes.
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NAMM '18 - Benson Amps The Sorcerer Ryan Adams Signature Amp Demo

February 15, 2018
A collaboration with Ryan Adams and Chase Bliss Audio’s Joel Korte yields one of the coolest-sounding amps of the entire NAMM show.
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