Fender Blues Junior 15W 1×12 Combo

Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1x12 ComboThe Fender Blues Junior 15W 1x12 Combo has a three-band EQ and a footswitchable 'FAT' button that fattens up the midrange and helps you on that big solo.

The Fender Blues Junior Lacquered Tweed 15W 1×12 Combo is a perfect example of a big thing in a small package. It packs a serious punch (sometimes it’s hard to believe that this amp is only 15 watts). Using three 12AX7 tubes in the preamp stage and two EL84 tubes in the powers stage, the Fender Blues Junior keeps it simple and delivers a warm and buttery tone, with lots of sustain. Breaking up easily at low volumes, this amp is great for the apartment while still holding its own out on the stage.  Continue reading “Fender Blues Junior 15W 1×12 Combo”

Fender 68 Custom Twin Reverb 85-watt 2×12

Fender 68 Custom Twin Reverb 85-watt 2x12The two channels of the Fender 68 Custom Twin Reverb 85-watt 2x12 make use of four 12AX7, two 12AT7, and four 6L6 tubes, to deliver that familiarly creamy Fender Twin sound.

The 68 Custom Twin Reverb Amp is a tribute to the legendary late ’60s Fender Twin Reverb featuring that retro “silver face” design. Two Celestion G12V-70 speakers are driven by 85 watts of tube power, perfect for any small to medium venue. The Fender 68 Custom Twin Reverb 85-watt is a little bit heavy at 64 pounds, but that is to be expected, with the two 12-inch speakers and added bracing. Continue reading “Fender 68 Custom Twin Reverb 85-watt 2×12”

Rivera 68 Deluxe with Stage 2 Modifications

Rivera 68 Deluxe with Stage 2 ModificationsThe Rivera 68 Deluxe with Stage 2 Modifications delivers nice, quiet Gain in the pre-amp, and an amazingly warm and even Tone in the power section.

The Rivera 68 Deluxe is a wonderful example of something already great being improved further by the “community.” The “community,” in this case, is a reference to Paul Rivera, Sr., who has modified amplifiers for the likes of Chet Atkins, Steve Lukather, Vince Gill, and many others. Continue reading “Rivera 68 Deluxe with Stage 2 Modifications”

Fender Bassbreaker 15

Fender Bassbreaker 15With a three-stage 'Gain Structure,' Fender Bassbreaker 15 provides three distinct tone signatures, taking it from a smooth clean to a very heavy crunch.

Sporting a modern-retro look featuring grey tweed, the Fender Bassbreaker 15 is relatively lightweight at only 40 pounds, making it pretty easy to lug around. Two EL84 power tubes and three 12AX7 preamp tubes are responsible for its pronounced midrange tone, high gain, and abundant sustain. Continue reading “Fender Bassbreaker 15”

Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb Combo Amp

deluxe reverbAs the standard by which many guitarists judge tone, the Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb two-channel combo amp is loud, full, and clear.

One of the most recorded amps of all time, the Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb has been the standard by which many guitarists judge tone for more than 50 years. This two-channel, 22-watt combo amp has two normal inputs, two vibrato inputs, and a single Jensen speaker. Continue reading “Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb Combo Amp”

Line 6 Spider V 120 120W 1×12 Guitar Combo Amp

Line 6 Spider V 120 120W 1x12 Guitar Combo AmpWith the Line 6 Spider V 120, you can edit, save, and share every aspect of your tone using its iOS and Android App.

The Spider V 120 120W 1×12 Guitar Combo is the fifth generation of the Line 6 pioneering brand of digital amp modeler. The 120 watts of power pushes the bi-amped, full-range speaker system which consists of one 12-inch speaker paired with one high-frequency tweeter. This full range system is designed for electric and acoustic guitars. The amplifier features more than 200 amps, cabs and effects. You can combine up to eight effects simultaneously and the amp comes with 128 crafted tonal presets installed.

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What is the Best Rock Guitar Combo Amplifier?

best rock guitar combo amplifierNeed a high gain combo amp? From Marshall to Peavey, this is a great starting point for the Rock guitarist looking for a combo amp.

The combo amp is pretty standard equipment for guitarists of every music genre and skill level. Their compact and rugged design, and often reasonable purchase price, are sure to keep the combo amps going strong well into the future. So, what’s the best Rock guitar combo amplifier? Well, in this post, we’ll concentrate on combo amps that were designed to play Rock and Heavy Rock. Of course, we want the clean sounds to be clear and lush, but the gain, crunch, and distortion are going to be very important elements to this discussion, because of their emphasis in this style of music.

The music in this genre also often switches from a clean tone to a heavy distortion and then back again sometimes several times in a single song, and at a moment’s notice. This means that we are probably going to be looking for a two-channel amp (one clean, one distorted), preferably with the ability to switch channels using a footswitch. Because most people would probably agree that tubes sound better than solid state even in a modern Rock context, these amps will all be tube amps.
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What are the Best Guitar Combo Amps for the Blues?

combo amps for the bluesFor the small stage, recording studio, and the bedroom, here's a list of the best combo amps and partners for the Blues guitarist.

Eric Clapton, B.B.King, Buddy Guy, and Muddy Waters all got plenty of miles out of their combo amps. This list of great combo amps for the Blues is just scratching the surface. The combo amp is the perfect partner for the blues guitarist, especially since they are most often easy to transport. Combo amps are usually lower wattage which means that you can drive them harder without turning your neighbours into enemies. Continue reading “What are the Best Guitar Combo Amps for the Blues?”

Vox Custom AC15C1

Vox Custom AC15C1For more than 50 years, the AC-15 has been one of the most coveted tools for obtaining the 'British' sound.

Vox has dusted off one of their flagship models for yet another reissue that offers a great blend of classic features and modern upgrades. The 12″ Celestion G12M Greenback speaker is probably the most notable improvement. You can expect some serious mids and tons of headroom from this speaker.

As has been the case for many years, the “Normal” and “Top Boost” channels offer some variety for the overall voicing of the amp. Both of these channels share the master volume and “Tone Cut” controls. This is particularly cool because it means that the Tone Cut control operates on the power-amp level, not the pre-amp. The result is a true tone shaping of the overall amp voice, not the input.
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THD Flexi-50 50W/20W Class AB Amplifier Head

flexi-50Is it really possible to get a tweed sound and a British sound out of the same amplifier? Yep, you bet. The THD Flexi-50 does both and a whole lot more.

Few would argue that most amps fall into one of two categories; 6L6 (tweed) and EL34 (British). There are certainly a few other options out there, but for the most part, it’s a two-party system when it comes to power tubes. There are a few amps out there that can accommodate either tube type, but you need to know how to bias an amplifier, or pay someone else who knows how to do it. This is like a health-club membership: you’ll pay for that feature, but you will never use it. THD Flexi-50 50W/20W does double duty and you do not have to be a rocket scientist to switch hit.

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