boutique guitar amplifiers News for October 03 2017

Synthrotek “Mean Screamer” Tube Screamer Clone Boutique Guitar Pedal w/ Benson Amps

http://store.synthrotek.com/meanscreamer Thanks to Chris at Benson Amps for helping with this Demo! Synthrotek’s original Tube Screamer Clone Pedal goes …

VOX TB35C1 & TB35C2 Guitar Amplifiers In collaboration with legendary American boutique amp designer Tony Bruno, VOX has taken a trip into new tonal territory with the TB35C1 & TB35C2 guitar amplifiers, featuring an all-tube, Tony Bruno design. Amplifier Features: Circuit designed by boutique amplifier builder Tony Bruno. Vintage American tube voicing All‐tube design Tube reverb High quality spring reverb tank Macho mode with footswitch control Bass Boost Master Volume bypass switch Birch‐ply cabinet construction Celestion G12‐65 speaker(s) Custom made premium transformers 12AX7/ECC83 preamp tubes 12AT7 + 12AX7 reverb tubes 6V6 power tubes 35W RMS Footswitch included High‐quality dust cover includes Preliminary Information – Price & Specifications subject to change – www. Voxamps.com About Tony Bruno: Tony Bruno is a highly respected and sought after boutique amp designer from the USA. Throughout his esteemed career, Tony has hand-built over 1000 amplifiers, some of which are regarded as among the finest sounding amplifiers in the world. Tony Bruno is no stranger to VOX. A Long-time friend of VOX R&D, Tony’s unparalleled knowledge of boutique amplifier design has been called upon many times by VOX, on projects including the 1990s era 6-input Hand-Wired AC30, the VOX Night Train and the Custom Series amplifiers The VOX/Tony Bruno amp story After establishing a strong working relationship with Tony Bruno, VOX decided it was time to embark on a full collaboration and allow Tony to design a circuit that we would put into production – a first for both VOX R&D and for Tony Bruno. Combining Tony’s expertise of both vintage and boutique amplifiers and VOX R&D’s resources and development team, we set sail on the seas of tone, into unchartered waters First, Tony personally built and hand-wired a prototype that met his uncompromising standards. We then unleashed Tony onto the new sample and allowed him to modify and add new features to suit his taste. After many rigorous voicing sessions with Tony, it was agreed we had something that not only shared the same excellent tonal quality of the original unit, but also included features that would otherwise be impossible to create without the use of VOX R&D’s modern development and production resources. These TB35C1 and TB35C2 amplifiers are the result of this uncompromising collaboration between VOX R&D and Tony Bruno. The VOX amp for the player with “Stateside” tastes Despite their British VOX pedigree, the TB35C1 & TB35C2 amplifiers have a decidedly American feel, thanks to Tony’s influence and design. User Friendly Features Tony’s design for the TB35C1 & TB35C2 amplifiers included a number of unique features designed to maximize every tone-tweakers satisfaction, in any playing situation. Master Volume bypass: The addition of a Master Volume control allows the VOX TB35C1 & TB32C2 amps to achieve a full-on sound at different listening levels.
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5 Tube Combo Amps

Long favored by studio players and on-the-go working musicians, small combo amps are seeing ever more use these days by guitarists who have found that 15 or 20 watts of tube power driving a 10″ or 12″ speaker can provide all the soulful SPL needed for a variety of gigs. An obvious advantage of low-watt amps is they can be cranked to levels that deliver a rush of overdriven-tube harmonics without blowing out the room or driving the soundman nuts. If you’re shopping for a new low-watt combo amp you’ve undoubtedly seen how extreme the choices can be, with expensive hand-wired jobs with two knobs competing alongside more affordable models with enough switches and dials to make a 747 pilot feel at ease. Does a new amp that’s based on, say, a tweed Deluxe, really need anything more than Fender equipped it with in 1955? In many circumstances probably not, and a few celebrated boutique makers have proven this by recreating iconic amps practically verbatim. We tested these amps with a variety of guitars that included Fender Strats, Teles, and a Blacktop Jazzmaster, Fernandes S and T models, a Fano Stratosphear, a Gibson Les Paul, a G&L Korina ASAT Junior II, and a PRS SC58. Carr Sportsman. Steve Carr is no stranger to making amps with the occasional extra switch or knob, but his specialty is combos that deliver classic tones with a minimum of fuss. “All Carr amps feature point-to-point construction and premium-grade components, and the Sportsman adds adhesive foam to protect the MOD reverb tank, and a strain relief on the hospital ICU-grade power cord to prevent you from losing or forgetting it. A heavy-duty TMI transformer, 120-watt 12” Eminence Patriot Red White & Blues speaker, and a handcrafted-in-house, yellow pine cabinet with glued dovetail joints, combine to make a hefty 42-pound rig. The true glory of the Sportsman appeared with both Max and Volume up all the way, which yielded the kind of harmonically complex, “Edge of feedback on any note” tone I’ve heard on amps costing up to a grand more. “The highly collectable Watkins Dominator appeared in Great Britain in 1956, possibly inspiring the original Marshall 18-watt combo. With 17 watts pushing two 10” speakers, it served more as a studio amp than a live combo, and is rumored to have been used by Jimmy Page on some classic records of the era. Tested with a humbucker-equipped Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster, as well as Fernandes S- and T-type guitars, I quickly understood why 18-watt amps are so popular with touring pros these days. The latest in VHT’s growing line of Special series amps is the 12/20RT Combo, which adds tube-driven reverb and tremolo. Ever since Fender boosted his twin to 80 watts in 1958, most amp builders have followed Leo’s lead and reserved the 2×12 combo for high-powered fire-breathers.
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Gutiar Amplifiers by Manufacturer

ELECTRO HARMONIX 44 MAGNUM POWER AMP PEDAL. The Electro-Harmonix 44 Magnum guitar amp provides 44W of clean and natural power and also delivers true amplifier overdrive at the turn of a knob. JET CITY AMPLIFICATION PICOVALVE 5W TUBE HEAD. Low-wattage tube guitar amp designed by THD Electronics for sizzling tube tone in a compact, but powerful head. Designed by Andy Marshall and licensed by THD Electronics, Jet City’s PicoValve amp head is a compact, low-wattage tone machine. The amp head features THD’s unique topology, which allows the user to swap the power tube at willuse nearly any octal-based tube without the need to re-bias the amp. Plug your tube amp into the speaker input, and set up your amp tone go ahead and turn it up! Clip in your favorite guitar-recording mic and position it how you prefer. JET CITY AMPLIFICATION JCA50H 50W TUBE HEAD. Lots of distortion in a lightweight 50-watt amp head, great for taking out on the road. Unleashing 50 watts from a pair of 6L6 power tubes and all the features of the JCA100H, the JCA50H 50W tube guitar amp head from Jet City is ideal for gigging musicians who need plenty of stage volume with some nice power amp distortion. BLACKSTAR VENUE SERIES HT CLUB 40 40W TUBE COMBO AMP. Equipped with 2 channels and 4 modes the Blackstar HT Club 40 is an ideal gigging tube amp for club-sized venues. JET CITY AMPLIFICATION JCA5212RC 50W 2X12 TUBE COMBO. The 50W Jet City Amplification JCA5212RC guitar combo amp uses Jet City’s finest amp components to create a beautiful boutique tube combo that is priced within reach of working musicians. While known as the 5150, these amps became the undisputed go-to guitar amps for scores of rock, hardcore and metal bands due to their raw tone, relentless power and road-proven reliability. FRYETTE TWO/FIFTY/TWO G2502S 50W X 2 CLASS A POWER AMP. For 20 years, FRYETTE power amplifiers have set the standard for sound quality, power and rugged reliability. FRYETTE TWO/NINETY/TWO G2902S 90W X 2 POWER AMP. For 20 years, FRYETTE power amplifiers have set the standard for sound quality, power and rugged reliability. Tonally, the Two/Ninety/Two combines the rich upper harmonic detail of a classic EL34 amp with the clarity and lower midrange punch of a 6L6. In Low Power Mode, the Two/Ninety/Two delivers 60 effortless watts per channel into a 4, 8 or 16 ohm load. Using Low Power Mode allows for maximum power amp saturation with a low fan speed setting, ideal for studio recording where silent fan operation is essential. BUDDA SuperDrive 45 Series II Amp Head BUDDA SUPERDRIVE 45 SERIES II AMP HEAD. The Superdrive 45 represents years of research culminating in the design of the ultimate KT66 hi gain amp.
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