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Roland Cube 80X Guitar Amplifier

June 21, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Roland Cube 80XRoland launches the most powerful guitar amplifier in the CUBE-Series lineup, the new Roland CUBE 80X guitar amplifier expands on Roland’s top-selling CUBE-60. The Cube 80-X delivers a massive 80-watts of power through a 12-inch speaker, and features a switchable clean and lead channel designed from its renowned predecessor, CUBE-60 series.

Roland Cube 80X Guitar Amplifier

Not only does the Roland CUBE-80X offer more power, it adds exciting new features to the guitarworld of portable amps, including a new “Looper” function and “Solo” function with memory capability. The direct recallable SOLO function stores the settings of each and every LEAD channel control, allowing you an easy to use third channel option. In addition, the boost feature can be toggled via the footswitch. Ten onboard COSM amp models include the new “DLX COMBO”. Also onboard the CUBE 80X is six classic Roland effects with independently controllable reverb and delay, including a model of the classic spring reverb for a natural sound. Read more

Carvin Legacy VL212 Combo Review

January 22, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

Carvin Legacy VL212 Combo ReviewWe were more than a bit surprised when this underrated, business-like amp slipped from its cardboard carton. No fluorescent floral Tolex? No trans-dimensional quantum drive? Not even a monkey grip? Steve Vai designed this, didn’t he? Read more

Leo Fender and Marshall Amplifiers – Beginning of the Guitar Amp

August 12, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Marhsall-amplifiers-history-marshall-ampsContinued on from “Gibson Firebird Guitar Born 1963

Of course the electric guitar wouldn’t have developed at all had it not been for amps. And the guitar amplifier would never have come into being had it not been for Mr. Lee De Forest, who invented the vacuum tube Read more

VYPYR – Peavey VYPYR Earns Respect in the Guitar World!

May 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Peavey VYPYR Head

Since 1965, Peavey has built a reputation for making awesome guitar amplifiers, and they continue to evolve under the guidance of the company’s founder, Hartley Peavey. Their reputation has been solidified with a series of amazing amps, such as the 6505, JSX Joe Satriani signature amp, the Valve Kings, XXX, the Classic series, the Windsor, and others. In the non-tube amp category, their patented TransTube technology is almost indistinguishable from real tube-driven amps, setting the standard for performance, tone, and affordability. And now, with their VYPYR series of amps, Peavey finds themselves at the forefront of the modeling amp race as well. Read more

Mesa Boogie TransAtlantic TA-30 Review

May 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

MESA BOOGIE TA30 COMBOHere’s a great review by our friends over at musicradar.com, here’s what they had to say about this rockin’ lil’ amp — It wasn’t long ago when we first tested the Mesa TransAtlantic TA-15, well now bigger brother, the TA30, is here.  It’s called TransAtlantic because it spans classic British and US tones, specifically Vox-inspired when it comes to cleans and crunches in channel one.

Then in channel two it’s a brief sojourn into mid-gained Marshall territory (Hi One) flanked by Mesa Boogie’s more common post-Fender clean (Tweed) and high-gain tones (Hi Two), direct from the US of A: five modes in total.

The main rotary controls are straightforward; the only one requiring further explanation is the cut/master in channel one. When pulled out it’s a master volume for the channel, and when pushed in becomes tone cut (essentially a master presence) control very similar to what you’d find on a Vox AC30. Read more

Guitar and Instrument Amplifiers Buyer’s Guide

March 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Guitar Amp Buyers Guide

Given the variety of instruments and to top that the number of brands that are available can make selecting the right Guitar Bass Pedal a real nightmare! This guide will attempt to make your buying easy and simple for you. For the most part you only need to go in for the amplifier that falls within the price range within which you are willing to operate, compare a few products that are available and you are pretty much set. Read more

Why Does Bugera Amplifiers Copy Other Guitar Amps?

January 6, 2013 by · 7 Comments 

Bugera TRIREC - Boutique Style Amplifier Head
Generally speaking, the guitar market is similar to every other market, in that it functions and relies on the basic principle of “You get what you pay for.”

However, the days of this age old, but sound principle might be numbered.

Specifically, I’m talking about the Bugera TRIREC, their take on the Mesa Triple Recto. At least that’s what many are saying.

Now, I know what you’re thinking; “Oh God, not another mindless article about Tube vs. Solid State.

No, my thoughts on this issue won’t be more drivel on wattage, and valves, but will focus more on tapping in to what’s really important: The Players. What they think of this, their thoughts, their ideas, likes and dislikes, etc.. Read more

What is it like going to a Guitar Show?

February 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

guitar show
Just over a week ago I had the chance to visit the Orlando International Guitar & Music Expo 2012. That’s fancy-talk for ‘guitar show’.  If you’re not familiar with what a guitar show is then try thinking of it this way – we all get the concept of a convention or conference for business professionals – a big room with various vendor booths showing off the latest products (expo hall) and there are usually some speakers/presenters teaching or otherwise discussing the latest industry news, etc.  Well, other than NAMM, guitar shows are the closest thing to a business convention that we players, collectors and all-around guitar lovers have for our favorite subject!

While some of the largest guitar shows may offer special ‘clinics’ (training sessions are often sponsored by a manufacturer hoping to show you why you need to buy their latest products) not all guitar shows will offer much in the way of training.  However, what they ALL do have in common is their version of the ‘vendor expo hall’ where guitar dealers bring lots of cool (and often vintage) guitars, amps, effects and more hoping to sell/trade them to/with show attendees. In other words, it’s a lot like a big flea market for guitar and music gear!  And for the guitar lover it sure beats just about any other kind of shopping experience since you have so many cool old guitars under one roof.  I’ll take a guitar show over going to the mall with my wife any day! Read more

Carlsboro Revives Vintage Amp Series

January 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Carlsboro Guitar AmplifiersCarlsbro is among the most famous names in British guitar amplification and has been designing and manufacturing guitar tube amps since 1959, selling its early models to Jim Marshall’s shop in Denmark Street, London’s famous ‘Tin Pan Alley’.

The famous 50 Top and TC series revives the Carlsbro tube heritage, with uncompromising build quality, hand selected components and authentic vintage tone throughout. The 50 Top head and 4 x 12 cab are available in classic red and black liveries, while the TC series comprises three classic combos and a 15 watt head and 1×12 stack.

The re-issued 50 Top is the classic Carlsbro tube head and cab of the 60s and 70s revamped and re-engineered to even higher build standards and sonic performance. The new twin channel amp head has switchable channels & two master volumes, which are footswitchable.

The valve complement of 4x 12AXT’s and 2x EL84’s give 50 watts of incredible power at 8? or 16?’s. The preamp has a host of features including Hi and Low sensitivity inputs, 3 band EQ using Silvered Mica Capacitors, and ‘Sleep Mode’ automatic muting with no input present. Tough ply construction, with durable covering and metal corners are essential for road use. Jack outputs are 2 @ 8? and 1 @ 16? allowing a wide choice of cabinets. Read more

Rivera Venus 5 Guitar Amplifier

December 24, 2011 by · 4 Comments 


Rivera Venus 5 Guitar Amplifier ReviewRivera Venus series has been making big waves in the amp world, and with good reason. The Venus amps are the company’s first foray in Class A designs and they are taking things way beyond the typical Vox-derived flavors that many players think of when they hear the term. The newest amp in the line is the Venus 5. Read more

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