March 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.

ARTICLES

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

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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Tone King Sky King Review

December 4, 2018
A shape-shifting evolution of Mark Bartel’s original design dishes scads of tone and performance possibilities.
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Carr Telstar Review

November 27, 2018
A thrilling Fender/Vox hybrid.
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Fractal Audio Systems Axe-Fx III Review

November 20, 2018
Vast libraries of IRs and amp and effect models, as well as improvements in interface, memory, and connectivity, make the III tough to beat.
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Acoustic B100C Review

November 16, 2018
Best known in the ’70s for their big bass stacks on big stages, Acoustic shows they can play small ball, too.
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Vox Mini Superbeetle Review

November 5, 2018
Cute, compact, and dressed to kill, with a wealth of old-school Vox tones.
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Mesa/Boogie Fillmore 50 Review

October 22, 2018
Tweed Fender-style tones form the foundation of a flexible clean-to-mean Boogie beast.
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ZT Custom Shop Lee Ranaldo Club Review

October 18, 2018
Small, light, and super-powerful, this solid-state amp is a blank slate that brims with character.
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Quick Hit: Fender Rumble Studio 40

October 15, 2018
A feature-packed practice amp for low enders, with an impressive network of connections.
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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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Orange Terror Bass and OBC112 Review

October 8, 2018
This one-two combination for bassists doles out the thunder, but takes almost no room in the band van.
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Quick Hit: ValveTrain PowerTrain Studio 20

October 7, 2018
An incredibly simple cabinet that adds glowing tube warmth to your digital setup.
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Milkman Sound The Amp Review

September 11, 2018
This handwired hybrid amp is a powerhouse in a pedal enclosure.
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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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