Marshall Studio Vintage SV20H, a 20-Watt Plexi head, hits dealers

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Marshall’s Studio Vintage SV20H amp head is a 20-Watt Plexi-style head focused on tube tones, just without the ear-bleeding volume of the originals. Announced back during Winter NAMM, the new head is hitting dealers now. Marshall Studio Vintage SV20H I’m a big fan of the classic Marshall Plexi tone and have owned a fair few variations […]

NAMM 2019: Marshall Studio Classic, Vintage and Jubilee launched

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That new Marshall amp I wrote about this morning was legit. It turns out that it is part of their new Marshall Studio range that they are launching at Winter NAMM. Marshall Studio There are three classic Marshall amp styles on offer a Plexi, JCM800 and Silver Jubilee version of each of these new Marshall Studio models. […]

NAMM 2019: Blackstar JJN-20R Jared James Nichols signature amp

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Blackstar has just revealed a new JJN-20R Jared James Nichols signature head and cab for the rising guitar star. He only just got a signature Epiphone Old Glory model a few days ago and now he has the amp to go with it, nice one Jared! Blackstar JJN-20R Jared James Nichols The new signature JJN-20R Jared James […]

NAMM 2019: Blackstar HT-1R and HT-5R MkII amps

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Coming hot on the heels of three 10-Watt combos, Blackstar has just announced another two new amp models, the HT-1R and HT-5R MkII heads/combos. Blackstar is pitching these as “the perfect studio and practice amps”. Blackstar HT-1R and HT-5R MkII amps Both are available as either heads or combos. Each features a push-pull power amp section […]

NAMM 2019: Blackstar HT-20R MKII Head and Combo Apmlifiers

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Blackstar is about to launch a new HT-20R MK II head that’s also going to be available as a combo. With NAMM around the corner, now is a good time to look around if you’re in the market for a new amp, as we expect plenty of other new products to be announced in the […]

Cornell Amps Traveller 5: The ideal 5 Watt combo amplifier?

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Denis Cornell is arguably one of the UK’s best boutique amp builders and has made amplifiers for many occasions and famous users. He has a reputation for making quality clones of classic amp designs from both sides of the Atlantic. His latest model is the Traveller 5, an amp designed to make your Cornell tones […]

Amp Tone Shoot-Out: 17 different guitar preamps compared

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It really isn’t easy as a guitarist. You’re scouting around for a new amp, and suddenly the details of tube technology become an issue. Yes, there’s the choice of power stage valves to deal with – but there’s also the preamp stage. Many feature the 12A7X/ECC83 valve. But as the shoot-out video below proves, all […]