Carvin Legacy VL212 Combo Review
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Carvin Legacy VL212 Combo Review

We 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 […]

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Leo Fender and Marshall Amplifiers – Beginning of the Guitar Amp

The mid-Sixties British Invasion made England more of a player in the development of electric guitar technology, particularly amplification. Designed by Britons Dick Denney and Tom Jennings, the Vox AC15 (introduced in ’57) and AC30 (introduced in ’59) used a completely different output circuit (a Class A cathode bias push-pull configuration, if you must know) than the Class AB design Leo Fender had taken form the RCA manuals. […]

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VYPYR – Peavey VYPYR Earns Respect in the Guitar World!

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, Triple XXX, the Classic series, the Windsor, and others. In the non-tube amp category, their patented TransTube technology is almost indistinguishable […]

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Mesa Boogie TransAtlantic TA-30 Review

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 […]

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Field Guide to Guitar Amplifier Tubes – Everything You Need To Know

Power amp tubes, also called output tubes, boost the signal as it leaves the preamp. They are the largest variety of tube and, once installed, must be biased in order to optimize their performance within the amplifier. When driven hard toward their maximum potential, power amp tubes produce output distortion, a warm, organic sounding and very desirable tonality whose characteristics are determined by the power tube’s distinctive attributes. While some models of power amp tubes are interchangeable, many substitutions can’t be performed without amplifier modifications, and a few substitutions are impractical due to amplifier designs. […]

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Guitar and Instrument Amplifiers Buyer’s Guide

Price is right is a common idea used by guitarists is that you should always spend as much on the amp unit as you are willing to spend on the guitar. The reason is pretty simple; the music that you create needs to pass through the amp before it reaches the world. […]

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Tube vs Solid State Amplifiers – Which is Better?

There are a few central debates that continually rage in this thing of ours, topics that never seem to get exhausted during online forum or real time arguing: Gibson vs. Fender, Fender vs. Marshall, Ginger vs. Mary Ann, Bud vs. Miller, and, most importantly, tube amps vs. solid state amps. […]