March 2020

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

This Bass Head Redefines What It Means to "Get in the Pocket"

February 20, 2020
This innovative head-and-cab pairing musters impressive thunder for its size. The PG Quilter Bass Block 802 and BassDock 12 review.
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Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb: The Premier Guitar Review

February 7, 2020
A DSP-driven blackface Deluxe that dares players to differentiate between tube and digital.
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Blackface Tones in a 3.5-Pound Head?

January 21, 2020
It's a tall order, to be sure, but Bjorn Juhl’s petite, grab-and-go head packs a ferocious punch. The PG One Control BJF-S66 review.
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Form Factor Bi1000Di: The Premier Guitar Review

January 20, 2020
Many class-D bass amps promise "tube warmth," but this sleek contender unabashedly proffers a meticulously clean take on your instrument's innate voice.
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Blackstar Silverline Standard: The Premier Guitar Review

December 27, 2019
This fun, budget-friendly modeling amp aims for the sky with solid attempts at mimicking the response of EL84, 6V6, EL34, 6L6, KT66, and KT88 power sections.
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Markbass Little Mark Vintage Review

December 4, 2019
This black and yellow tube-based machine delivers plenty of vintage-bass warmth, with modern flavors to boot.
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Silktone Amp Review

November 29, 2019
Class A in every regard.
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The Year in Gear 2019

November 21, 2019
The 60+ guitars, amps, pedals, basses, and accessories that stood out from the crowd and earned our coveted Premier Gear Award this year.
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Peavey Invective.MH Review

November 6, 2019
Misha Mansoor’s own mini head is as savage as you want it to be, with a less rowdy side that surprises.
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Quick Hit: Vox Mini Superbeetle Bass Review

October 23, 2019
Sure, it’s a cute little rig, but it can speak quite loudly for its size.
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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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