November 2019

Reviews: Amps

Premier Guitar's rating system includes brief summations of a product’s pros and cons, as well as pick ratings (0–5) in four categories—Tones, Design/Build, Value, and Playability (for instruments) or Ease of Use (amps, effects, and other devices) or Versatility (pickups and speakers). Items with a total of 18 or more picks (out of 20) win our coveted Premier Gear Award.

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Mojotone BlackOut Review

October 17, 2019
A killer handwired tweed-style amp for under a grand.
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Winfield Tremor Review

September 25, 2019
A handwired Harvard post-graduate.
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Revv D20 Review

August 27, 2019
A direct-recording preamp—and a true 20-watt head.
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Mesa/Boogie Subway WD-800 Review

August 15, 2019
A Mesa bass powerhouse that brings bells and whistles galore, but remains true to the fat tube-based tone of the WalkAbout preamp that helped inspire it.
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Henry Amplification SRT+ Review

August 13, 2019
A modern take on an obscure Vox gem.
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Blackstar HT20RH MkII Review

July 25, 2019
The English builder’s affordable mid-wattage star gets leaner, meaner, and more versatile.
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Quick Hit: Laney Mini-Bass-NX Review

July 15, 2019
What’s smaller than a half-loaf of bread, runs on batteries, and just may inspire you to practice more?
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Fender ’62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition Review

July 12, 2019
A bigger speaker and a leap back to handwired brownface circuitry make Chris Stapleton’s signature Princeton a sparkling, sophisticated, and bellowing bruiser.
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Marshall SV20C Studio Vintage Review

July 3, 2019
Plexi tone in a petite package.
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Taurus Vandall-500 Review

May 6, 2019
This dual-preamp class-D bass beast boasts toughness through its build and finesse with its EQ.
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Mesa/Boogie California Tweed Review

May 2, 2019
A spectacular new spin on a 1950s formula.
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GR Bass ONE800 and GR 212 Review

April 14, 2019
A bass rig from Italia that cooks up a tonal dish of tasty low-end flavors with plenty of power.
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Orange TremLord 30 Review

April 5, 2019
Transatlantic tones and tremolo mark a deviation from Orange tradition.
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Aguilar Tone Hammer 700 Review

March 20, 2019
This svelte class-D powerhouse churns out 700 watts, yet keeps it light and tight at less than five pounds.
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IK Multimedia iRig Stomp I/O Review

March 6, 2019
This audio interface/MIDI controller is perfect for iOS devices—and lots of other things.
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Peavey Max 150 Review

February 22, 2019
A familiar combo gets a refresh as a stealthy-looking, feature-packed machine.
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Quick Hit: Ashdown Tone Pocket Review

February 17, 2019
Paired with headphones and a bass, this little black box can create a freeing experience.
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Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200 Review

February 7, 2019
Solid-state circuitry makes this programmable powerhouse light, and super-flexible, too.
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Balthazar Film Noir 50 Review

February 1, 2019
Shine on, you crazy Selmer clone!
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BC Audio Bel Air 40 Review

January 15, 2019
A stellar 6V6 combo with inspiring, innovative options.
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