A highly portable 5-pound, 35-watt amp

Berkeley, CA (August 21, 2012) – Imagine the sonic power and refinement of a great full-sized combo flowing out of a package so small that people barely notice it. Weighing in at only 5 pounds, the new ZT Junior is smaller than most “practice” amps”, but it is no practice amp. Pushing 35 watts through a 5” speaker, the Junior provides surprisingly sweet tones and bottom end, as well as a host of useful features: Adjustable Overdrive, Aux In, Headphone/Line Out, Speaker On/Off, and 12V compatibility.  It even powers your 9V pedals! ZT is also introducing add-on accessories as a Battery Pack, Pedal Cable Kit, 12v Car Adapter Cable and Carry Bag.

For more information:
www.ztamplifiers.com

A bone nut being back-filed for proper string placement and correct action height.

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Photo by Chad Kelco

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