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 […]

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 […]

Catalinbread Limited Edition Dirty Little Secret Red Mod

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The new Catalinbread Limited-Edition Dirty Little Secret Red Mod is their modded version of an already super popular ‘Plexi-style’ overdrive pedal. This little secret will be out pretty soon with a limited release of only 100 units being made available worldwide. Catalinbread Limited-Edition Dirty Little Secret Red Mod The standard Dirty Little Secret MkIII is one of the […]

NAMM 2019: Friedman JJ Jr – A 20-watt mini Jerry Cantrell head!

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Friedman has a new 20-watt Jerry Cantrell signature model mini amp head and it is called the JJ Jr. All the tone without the huge output of its older 100-watt sibling. Friedman JJ Jr NAMM is always a fun time for lovers of Dave Friedman amps and this year he has a new Jerry Cantrell […]

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: Friedman tease on Instagram – BE-100 deluxe!

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It is the time of year when manufacturers start giving us a sneaky peep of what is to come at Winter NAMM. Well, Friedman has just popped a rather lovely little picture of a new amp for 2019. Friedman 2019 Instagram The amp in question isn’t officially named by Friedman anywhere in the Instagram post. […]

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 […]

Bogner Ecstasy Red and Blue Mini pedals: Smaller size, same boutique tone?

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Bogner has just announced new Ecstasy Red and Blue Mini pedals that are due to released on 19 November. These are scaled-down versions of the original Ecstasy pedals came out back in 2012. I wrote about these back in January, during NAMM and now they are finally here! Bogner Ecstasy Red and Blue Mini pedals […]

Mad Professor Loud‘n Proud: Four-input Marshall tones in a pedal?

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The Mad Professor‘s new Loud‘n Proud is a Plexi-meets-Fuzz drive pedal with plenty of dirt tones packed into one boutique unit. All are based on the legendary Marshall four-input amp sound. This one could prove enticing for the many players inspired by the myriad classic rock albums associated with those tones. Mad Professor Loud‘n Proud What […]