The Express 5:50 Guitar Amp Head is part of a very popular line of amplifiers from the people at Mesa/Boogie. This is a two-channel amplifier that delivers 50 watts of tube driven power. You can buy the Express 5:50 as a head, or as a combo amp. There are five 12AXY tubes in the preamp section and two 6L6 tubes in the power amp section. The amp gets its name from the Mesa/Boogie Patented Multi-Watt Channel Assignable Power system. Continue reading “Mesa/Boogie Express 5:50 Guitar Amp Head”
The Catalinbread Callisto Chorus/Vibrato Pedal is actually two 100% analogue pedals in one small box. It makes use of a MN3007 Bucket Brigade chip at its core. The Bucket Brigade chip was created between 1968 and 1969, and it was designed to affordably delay an audio signal. Continue reading “Catalinbread Callisto Chorus/Vibrato”
This time, we are going to take a look at the song “Gimme Shelter,” by The Rolling Stones. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for the 1969 record “Let It Bleed” and it is the opening song on that record. This song features an Open Tuning on the Guitar, meaning that the strings are tuned to an open chord, instead of the standard tuning.
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The 100 watt head is pretty much the standard for guitar players of any genre when it comes to live performance. Right now we are going to look at a few of the greatest amps available to see if we can find the best one for you. These amps are all modern designs but some of them might be reissues of older vintage amps. These amps will be designed for heavy overdrive, maybe even leaning towards modern Metal type tones. Continue reading “What are the Best 100 Watt Guitar Heads?”
The Marshall DSL100H 100W All-Tube Guitar Amp Head is modeled after the JCM2000 Dual Super Lead amplifier that was created in 1997 and was highly regarded until being replaced by Marshall’s JVM series more than a decade later. Now, a decade after that, Marshall has decided to do a reissue of the beloved amp. The DSL100H is a two-channel amp pushing out 100 watts of power using four ECC83 tubes in the preamp section and four EL34 tubes in the power section.
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Fuzz pedals are a great addition to any guitar player’s pedal board. They have a distinctive sound that’s different from overdrive and distortion. Everyone from Black Sabbath to The White Stripes use them, and after more than 50 years, even non-guitar players are pretty familiar with their sound, and have come to expect it. Today, we go over a list of fuzz pedals that just might give you that perfect fuzz tone that you’ve been looking for, without forcing you to set aside too much of your paycheck.
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The XVive V4 Fuzz Screamer, like many other pedals on this list, is nano-sized and designed with offset 1/4 inch jacks to give you the same great tone as the larger pedals, but in a smaller size that fits more easily onto your pedalboard. This pedal features a rugged, all-metal construction, for years of use.
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This time, we are going to have a look at the song “You Shook Me All Night Long,” from the Australian Rock & Roll band AC/DC. This song was released in 1980 for the album “Back In Black” and as their first single, which featured Brian Johnson as lead singer, replacing Bon Scott, who had passed away earlier. This is a very well known song that is pretty straightforward and easy to play, making it great for beginners.
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Created in 1987, the Soldano SLO100 100W Tube Guitar Head remains very popular today. Well-known guitar players who use the Soldano SLO100 include Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Eddie Van Halen, Lou Reed and Tommy Kessler. The amplifier is driven by four 12AX tubes in the preamp section and four 5881 tubes in the power section. The 5881s are more rugged versions of the 6L6 tubes.
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The Electro-Harmonix Octavix Fuzz is another classic fuzz pedal created by the Electro Harmonix brand. The Octavix is designed to recreate the same sound and vibe as the original Octavia, but in a smaller more pedalboard-friendly enclosure. There are three controls on the Octavix Fuzz. Volume sets the pedal’s sound level into your amp, so you can find the right match. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Octavix Fuzz”