Friedman Amplification JJ Junior: New 20-Watt Jerry Cantrell model as combo or head

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Friedman Amplification’s JJ Junior first appeared during Winter NAMM and caused quite a stir. Its maker says it gives you the same Jerry Cantrell tones of the larger JJ-100 signature head, but at a far more manageable 20 Watts. A clever combination of features makes for a versatile amp for live or recording. Friedman Amplification JJ-Junior […]

Harley Benton G212 Vintage Vertical: Two Celestion Vintage 30 speakers for less?

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Thomann is selling a Harley Benton branded 2×12 guitar cabinet loaded with two Celestion V30s for less money than it would cost you to buy two Celestion V30 speakers! Is this the bargain of the year? Harley Benton G212 Vintage Vertical In his latest YouTube video, Phillip McKnight has spotlighted what looks to be an insanely […]

STL Tones Tonality Will Putney virtual guitar suite: Metal tones for your DAW

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STL Tones has released a new suite of virtual guitar software developed in cooperation with metal producer Will Putney.  The new suite is part of STL Tones’ Tonality Series and looks like it has a lot to offer. There’s pretty much everything you need: five amps, three virtual pedal effects (distortion, delay and reverb), a virtual cab room, plus […]

Craig’s Production Tips #3: Build an amp sim cabinet with multi-stage EQ

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If you have the right amp simulation for your needs, but can’t find the right cabinet… then make your own using an EQ! For example, I like the Metal Lead amp in AmpliTube 4, but on a recent mix I found the matching cab didn’t give the sound I wanted. Although some of the other […]

Klevgrand brings Stark, a sleek budget amp sim package, to PC, Mac and iPad

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Swedish software maker Klevgrand has introduced Stark, an amp simulator plug-in for PCs, Macs and the iPad. Its minimalist GUI and tweak-ability for the amplifier, cabinet, room and effects make it worth checking out. The Stark virtual rig includes amplifier, cabinet, room and effects, all bundled into one package. Unusually, they have gone for a minimalist front […]

Mojotone BlackOut Select guitar amp: A limited edition combo in blacked out Tweed

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The new Mojotone BlackOut Select is a combo amplifier inspired by classic Fender Tweed amps that will be available in limited numbers via reverb.com. First of all, check out the super-sleek look on this amp, with its blacked out, almost stealth-like finish. This amp is based on Fender’s 5E3 circuit of the ’50s, but with a few modern […]

Does the Marshall 1960AX 4X12 cab sound like the ’70s original?

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Here on Gearnews we love Johan Segeborn and his comparison videos. A veteran tone chaser, Johan has uploaded a new video where he compares a vintage Marshall 1960A 4X12 cabinet with a modern day version. So which sounds better? Marshall’s classic ‘British’ sound is all over just about every rock record you have ever listened to. And the […]

NAMM 2019: HeadRush FRFR-108 powered guitar cabinet with 2000-Watt 8″ speaker

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HeadRush has just announced the latest incarnation of its Full Range Flat Response speaker range, the new 2000-Watt FRFR-108. This unit is aimed at players that want to use amp modelling technology live. HeadRush FRFR-108 Last year’s NAMM Show saw the release of the Headrush FRFR-112, a high powered speaker aimed at players wanting to […]

NAMM 2019: Boss Waza Tube Amp Expander – A Swiss Army knife for valve amps?

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Coming hot on the heels of news about two new combo amps, Boss has come up with something called the Waza Tube Amp Expander, slated for release in early 2019. The product is designed to be a kind of “command centre” for valve amps. Sounds interesting, but what does it all mean? Boss Waza Tube Amp Expander The Boss […]