The Bogner Uberschall 100W 6L6 Tube Guitar Amp Head is a very high gain amplifier with the needs of the modern Metal guitarist in mind. The Uberschall delivers 100 watts of power using four 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section and two 6L6 tubes in the power section. The amp has two footswitchable channels both with extended headroom. Continue reading “Bogner Uberschall 100W 6L6 Tube Guitar Amp Head”
The Marshall Plexi 1959SLP 100W Tube Guitar Amp Head is a reissue of the Marshall Super Lead Model 1959 that was first introduced in 1965. This is the amp head that Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix used, and we now recognize it as the one that set the standard for how amplifiers should sound and look in Rock music.
Let’s take a look at a few small and inexpensive digital modeling combo guitar amps and see if we can find the right one for your needs.
Digital modeling combo guitar amps have come a long way since the early days, when they were known for over-promising and under-delivering. The tones that they create today are very usable for live and recording purposes. Two advantages of digital amplifiers are their affordability and their ability to be quite compact. Modern technology has also helped by creating full range speaker systems that deliver a room-filling stereo sound from a very small package.
So, now we’ll take a look at a few of the best of the small and inexpensive digital modeling combo guitar amps. They should all be great for beginners because they won’t require too much of an up-front investment, but they will produce tones that inspire more practice. They’ll be helpful for people who don’t need too much power but also don’t want to compromise on tone.
Blackstar ID:Core 10 V2 10W Digital Stereo Guitar Combo Amp Black
The Blackstar ID:Core 10 V2 is a 2x5W ultra compact digital modeling guitar amplifier that features Blackstar’s unique Super Wide Stereo technology, which is intended to give you a more immersive sound experience. The amplifier features six different channels: Clean Warm, Clean Bright, Crunch, Super Crunch, OD 1, and OD 2. There are also 12 vintage style studio-quality effects which include four modulation effects, four delays, and four reverb effects. The amp features an ISF control that works in conjunction with the Tone control and allows you to choose the exact tone you prefer. The fully counterclockwise position produces a more American characteristic with a tight bottom end and a more aggressive middle, while the fully clockwise position has a more British sound that is more “woody” and less aggressive.
The amp features a speaker-emulated output to make it easy to get your tone into your DAW, or use it to plug directly into a PA system at a live performance. You can also plug the amplifier into a Mac or a PC with the USB connection, so you can edit patches, record, and re-amp audio. The amp also comes bundled with the Blackstar Edition of the Presonus Studio One Digital Audio Workstation.
The Peavey VYPYR VIP 1 20W 1×8 Guitar Modeling Combo Amp is the world’s first Variable Instrument Performance amplifier. It has amp models for electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. Peavey uses a combination of 32-bit, floating point SHARC processors and patented Transtube® analog circuitry to create their modeling amplifiers. All of the VYPYR effects, amp models and parameter controls can be accessed from the control panel on the front of the amp so there is no need to connect it to a computer. The VYPYR does feature a new USB bi-directional data and audio port, however, for recording or to connect to VYPYR software to store presets, get lessons, or practice to backing tracks while connected to your computer.
Vox VXII 30W 1×8 Digital Modeling Guitar Combo Amp
Made by one of the original amp creators, the Vox VXII 30W 1×8 Digital Modeling Guitar Combo Amp features VET (Virtual Element Technology), a unique approach that models the circuits inside the amp, instead of just modeling the sound itself. The amp also features the newly designed power amp stage that employs an FET-equipped analog circuit and also models the sag and compression of classic amplifiers. Continue reading “Vox VXII 30W 1×8 Digital Modeling Guitar Combo Amp”
The CODE50 1×12 Guitar Combo Amp is Marshall’s introduction to digital modeling amps. The CODE50 is a 50-watt combo amp with a single custom 12-inch speaker, and it’s designed to emulate the legendary amplifiers that Marshall is known for. It contains 14 preamp models designed to give you all of your favorite Marshall tones, including the 1962 Bluesbreaker, the 1959SLP Plexi, the JCM800 2203, and the JCM2555 Silver Jubilee. The Marshall CODE 50W includes four power amp models: EL34, 5881, EL84 and 6L6 MST. There are 8 speaker cabinet models: 1960, 1960V, 1960AX, 1960HW, 1936, 1936V, 1912 & 1974X. The Code50 also features 24 high quality effects, including Compressor, Distortion, Auto Wah, Pitch Shifter, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger and Delay. The CODE50 lets you string up to five effects at once.
The Peavey 6505 Plus 112 is the last amp on this list but it is by no means the least. This is another all tube amp made by a company that has been around a while and knows music. The Peavey 6505 Plus is a 60 watt combo amp with one 12 inch Sheffield speaker. It runs on five 12AX7 tubes in the preamp and two 6L6GC tubes in the power section. This amp has two channels: Lead and Rhythm. Each channel has its own presence and resonance controls. Continue reading “Peavey 6505 Plus 112 Combo Amp”
The Blackstar HT Venue Series Club 40 is a 40 watt all tube combo amplifier. It uses two 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section and two EL34 tubes in the power section. The 40 watts is switchable to four watts for a great tone in smaller environments. It uses one 12″ Celestion Seventy 80 speaker for a modern British sound. The Blackstar has two channels, and a supplied footswitch. The Clean channel has Volume, Bass, and Treble controls. Continue reading “Blackstar HT Venue Series Club 40”
The Marshall JVM205C is an extremely versatile amp with tons of tonal options built into a tube-driven combo. Packed with five 12AX7 tubes in the preamp and two EL34 tubes in the power section, it delivers 50 watts of pure Marshall Tone. The tubes drive two 12′ speakers: one Celestion Vintage 30 for a warm low-end, rich mid-range and detailed top-end, and one Celestion Heritage G12H for a tighter bottom end with a boost to the mid-range as well as boosted highs. Together they create a very full and balanced sound. Continue reading “Marshall JVM205C Combo Amp”