Friedman BE 100 Deluxe: 100 Watts of all-tube Plexi tones, now with added Thump!

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I wrote about the new Friedman BE-100 Deluxe back during Winter NAMM back in January of this year. Now it’s finally out and you can hear it in action in the official video below. Friedman BE-100 Deluxe First off, let’s be clear about one thing: Dave Friedman can wire a mean amp. If you need […]

Frederic Effects Regent 150 pedal: Rock the Bloc with a vintage East German preamp

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London-based Frederic Effects has designed a new pedal based on the old East German Vermona Regent. It’s called the Regent 150 preamp and it incorporates some old NOS transistors. Frederic Effects Regent 150 Preamp The pedal is inspired by the preamp of the Vermona Regent 150K amplifier, a common amp model across the Eastern bloc. The Regent 150 […]

3rd Power debuts Clean Sink and Dirty Sink 1×12 combos at Summer NAMM 2019

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3rd Power has unveiled its new Clean Sink and Dirty Sink amps. These two 1×12 combos are each based on either a Fender/Vox or Marshall circuit. Made in Nashville, USA, these amps both launch at Summer NAMM. 3rd Power Clean Sink and Dirty Sink Both Clean Sink and Dirty Sink variants are rated at 22 […]

Blackstar launches ultra-compact amPlug2 Fly headphone guitar amps

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Blackstar has just announced two new amPlug2 Fly headphone guitar amps, one for guitar and the other for bass.  The guitar version has three channels – Clean, Crunch and Lead – and uses Blackstar’s ISF control and has nine built-in effects. These include  three choruses, three delays and three reverbs, so enough to make practise a little more […]

Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200: “The largest-sounding combo ever produced”?

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Not so long ago, Hughes & Kettner introduced the Black Spirit head, rated at 200 Watts. Now comes the logical next step, a sibling amp in combo form. And according to the manufacturer, the Black Spirit 200 Combo is the “largest-sounding combo ever produced.” How about that for a confident claim? Black Spirit 200 Combo The […]

Joyo dual-channel MA-10 portable amps for electric, acoustic and bass

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Chinese brand Joyo has just announced a series of dual-channel portable amps for electric, acoustic and bass guitars. Joining the ultra-compact amp market, the MA-10 series is pitched at players looking for a light-weight amp for outdoor use like busking.  Joyo MA-10 The MA-10A, MA-10E and MA10B models have obviously been designed with portability in mind. Each model […]

Neural DSP releases Archetype amp modelling plugin with help from Plini

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Neural DSP has released a new amp modelling plug-in called Archetype Plini. It’s been built with help from the eponymous Australian guitar virtuoso and roles three dedicated virtual amps into one, adding a powerful 9-band EQ to help you sculpt your tones. Archetype The new Archetype plug-in models three all-new amps using Neural DSP‘s proprietary virtual […]

Maxon OD808-40: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of a classic overdrive pedal

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Maxon produced the OD808 Overdrive pedal back in 1979. It was designed by Susumu Tamura and was well regarded by many guitarists. It was then rebranded as the TS808 Tube Screamer by Ibanez and the rest is history. Maxon OD808-40 40th Anniversary edition More than just a reissue, the new Maxon OD808-40 has modifications specified by […]

Bill Finnegan is selling the original Klon Centaur Overdrive again!

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The legendary Klon Centaur Overdrive pedal is THE boutique overdrive. Since it went out of production, every pedal builder out there has ‘kloned’ it. Now the original pedal is back, hand built one at a time by Mr Bill Finnegan! Klon Centaur #3888 The new Klon Overdrive pedals are being sold via eBay, one at a […]

Mezzabarba Trinity: A flexible 100-Watt three-channel amp head with optional extras

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The new Italian-made Mezzabarba Trinity is a 100-Watt all-valve amp head with MIDI control and plenty of gain on tap. With three distinct channels, it should have enough control to keep you busy for ages. Mezzabarba Trinity The Mezzabarba Trinity amp head is based around six 12AX7 preamp tubes, four EL34 power output valves and custom transformers by […]