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The Little Amp That Could

From its eight-inch Vox Blue Bulldog speaker to its pinstripe diamond-pattern grill, the Vox Pathfinder is a finely crafted paraphrase of the original practice amp Vox manufactured in the U.S. from 1964 to 1969. Pumping out 15-watts from its solid-state circuitry, the Vox Pathfinder actually mimics the Class A tube circuitry of its forefathers. A warm bottom supports an intricate, woody midrange, and the highs reveal both detail and compressed chime in response to pick dynamics.
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Crate GX15 Gain and Volume Issues Q&A Tech advice

I have a Crate GX15X, which has a gain channel and a lead channel with a built-in graphics EQ. I wasn’t pleased with the amp’s distortion, so I bought a Danelectro Fab Tone fuzz pedal. Now I can get decent distortion when practicing on my own, but I can’t get a suitable tone when I crank up with my band. Any answers? […]

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Crate DX-212 Guitar Amplifier Review

With its brushed copper front panel, big black knobs and jellylike, illuminated keypad, Crate’s digital DX-212 looks like a Sixties vision of the future. The knobs (Master, volume, gain, bass, mid, treble. Channel level, effects […]

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Crate and Johnson Marquis Guitar Amplifiers

The ascension of digital modeling technology in amplifier design continues. The latest entries in the tone-cloning competition come from Crate and Johnson, who bring out the contest remarkably similar packages. Both the Crate DX-212 and the Johnson Marquis JM60 arrive in combo format, with easy to tweak knobs in addition to digital keypads, […]