ECC83 vs 12Ax7 Tubes – What is the Difference?

ecc83 vs 12ax7 tubesOne of the more confusing things about tube amps is changing them, especially when there seem to be so many different kinds available.

Changing tubes in an amp can be a particularly challenging experience, especially since there seems to be such an abundance of them. For this article, we’ll concentrate on the question of the ECC83 vs 12Ax7 tubes. The truth is, there is no difference at all between them, and each one is interchangeable with the other.

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Best Digital Modeling Combo Guitar Amplifiers – Which one is Best?

best digital modeling combo guitar amplifierLet’s take a look at the often frowned upon digital domain to see if it can yet produce a great-sounding amplifier.

Digital Modeling Combo Guitar Amps are finally becoming a much more acceptable way to amplify your guitar sound. Today’s amplifiers use much higher bitrates and frequency rates, along with higher quality analog-to-digital converters. Continue reading “Best Digital Modeling Combo Guitar Amplifiers – Which one is Best?”

Express 5:50 Guitar Amp Head from Mesa/Boogie

express 5:50Available as a head, or as a combo amp, the Express 5:50 is a 50 watt all tube amplifier with five 12AXY tubes in the preamp section and two 6L6 tubes in the power amp section.

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. Continue reading “Express 5:50 Guitar Amp Head from Mesa/Boogie”

Yamaha THR10 – 10-watt 2×3″ Modeling Combo

yamaha thr10The Yamaha THR10 can be powered by an AC adapter or eight AA batteries for up to six hours of continuous playing time.

The Yamaha THR10 – 10-Watt 2×3 Modeling Combo is a new type of amplifier from Yamaha that is specialized for non live-performing musicians. The Yamaha THR10 features Volume, Gain, Master, and Tone control knobs. There is also an Amp control knob, which knob toggles between Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brit High, and Modern amp sounds. Continue reading “Yamaha THR10 – 10-watt 2×3″ Modeling Combo”

Line 6 DT25 112 1×12 25W Tube Guitar Combo Amp

line 6 dt25The Line 6 DT25 112 1x12 25W Tube Guitar Combo Amp is four boutique tube amps in one, American clean, British crunch, class A chime, and modern high-gain.

Featuring reconfigurable analog components, the Line 6 DT25 also includes HD modeling. This allows you to select your operating class to either Class AB/25 Watts/Fixed Bias or Class A/10 Watts/Cathode Biased. Continue reading “Line 6 DT25 112 1×12 25W Tube Guitar Combo Amp”

Line 6 Firehawk 1500 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp

Line 6 FirehawkThe Line 6 Firehawk is a wonder in the guitar amp world, with four internal amplifiers that combine for 680 watts continuous (1,500 watts peak) power.

The Line 6 Firehawk features a full range six-speaker system that accurately replicates tones at any volume, and can be used for acoustic and electric guitar. You can even use the amp as a Bluetooth speaker. Continue reading “Line 6 Firehawk 1500 Stereo Guitar Combo Amp”

Preamp Tube FAQ: 12AX7, 12AT7, and 12AU7

preamp tube faqHave you been scratching your head about 12AX7, 12AT7, and 12AU7 Preamp Tubes? Well, our most frequently asked questions about them are answered here.

Preamp Tube FAQ: What do Preamp Tubes do?

Preamp Tubes amplify the very low signal coming from your guitar. The amplified signal is better prepared to go through the circuitry of your amplifier. This amplified signal then goes to your EQ controls, your Reverb, Auxiliary Outputs, and also into your Output Tubes. All tubes are essentially mini amplifiers within your amplifier.

You might also like this HumbuckerSoup article: What is the Difference Between the 12AX7, 12AT7, and 12AU7 Preamp Tubes?

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Best 50 Watt Guitar Heads

best 50 watt guitar headsThe best 50 watt guitar heads that produce 100 watt tones in a smaller and more affordable package.

Everyone wants the 100 watt amplifier, but many times a 50 watt head is not only practical but also a more affordable and satisfactory substitute. There are cases in which they can even be preferable to the 100 watt head. For many people who do not have the luxury of playing large clubs every night, a 100 watt head can be just too much power for the bedroom or small apartment. Continue reading “Best 50 Watt Guitar Heads”