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 […]

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 […]

Aclam Dr Robert overdrive: “A perfect replica” of The Beatles’ fave Vox UL730 amp?

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Aclam is making some pretty bold claims for its new Dr Robert overdrive pedal, a recreation of The Beatle’s “favourite” Vox UL730 amp. If even half of them hold up, this effect could get you damn close to those late ’60s Fab Four tones. Based on the sound of the Vox UL730 amps favoured by […]

NAMM 2019: Bogner Ecstasy 25 – So where is it?

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The internet has been buzzing about a new lunchbox style amp from Bogner and it even has a name. The Bogner Ecstasy 25, but it is nowhere to be seen at Winter NAMM yet, so where is it exactly? Bogner Ecstasy 25 We know it exists purely because Bogner’s Japanese distributor let slip a few […]

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: Vox limited-edition AC15s with Warehouse speakers

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Vox has just announced two new limited-edition combo amps, the AC15HW1-G12C and AC15C1-G12C. The special component here is the American-made speakers that should give this archetypal British amp a transatlantic twang… Vox limited-edition AC15s The AC15 is a very British-sounding combo, traditionally, but now you’ll be able to get them factory fitted with Warehouse’s American Vintage G12C speakers […]

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 […]

Boss Nextone-Artist and Nextone-Stage: The next big thing in combo guitar amps?

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Boss is about to expand its amp line-up with two new models that use its Tube Logic technology: the Nextone-Artist and Nextone-Stage. Using the combo format, these two look like a good bet for gigging guitarists. Now, Boss has just announced the rather useful-looking Waza Tube Amp Expander, and these two amps look like they […]

Carr Amps Telstar combo amplifier: 17 Watts of organic boutique vintage tone

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I love me a simple, good-sounding amp with plenty of character but fewer bells and whistles. So the new Carr Amps Telestar piqued my curiosity. This is a 17-Watt combo that uses a 6L6 and EL84 in a push-pull Class A circuit, which is also very unusual! Let’s take closer look… Carr Amps Telestar First, […]