Guitar World paid a visit to the ENGL booth at the 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, to check out some new amps -- including the Gigmaster 30. In this video, guitarist AC Alexander of Warrior and Lizzy Borden does the playing as Michael Berger of ENGL does the talking, dishing out details about the Gigmaster 30. The amp features a 12-inch Celestion Super 65, plus reverb and two channels.
This new, organic-sounding 100-watt amp is part of what ENGL considers a slightly new direction. It features all new circuitry -- it's not quite the high-gain amp ENGL has become known for, despite their amps' versatility. For more info, including tube details, the two channels and the interchangeable front frames, check out the video below.
Fender Amplification has just announced the release of a cool little pair of combo amps, Greta and Excelsior, which make up the new Pawn Shop Special line of amplifiers. Made for the tabletop, you won't have to spend countless hours scouring pawn shops to take home one of these beauties.
This has been an interesting year in amplifiers. Never before have I seen so much tweakability on the front and top control panels of the many amplifiers that have shown up at our door here at Guitar World. The emergence of numerous slider-switches, mini-toggles and push buttons seem to have suddenly taken up real estate normally reserved for control knobs of amplifiers!
In the following videos, Guitar World's Paul Riario reviews the new Transatlantic TA-30 1x12 Combo from Mesa/Boogie, which features a central "tone cluster" that provides a choice of five distinct sounds, ranging from Vox-and Fender-like cleans to Marshall crunch and Mesa solo tones.
In the following videos, Guitar World gear editor Paul Riario shows off the Egnater Tweaker-88, which features 13 micro switches that let you customize the amp's tone, feel and response with high attention to detail.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario reviews the Fender Super-Sonic 11 Head, which features Vintage and Burn channels that produce classic clean and overdrive tones as well as modern ultra-saturated distortion.
The HT Club 50 offers the same feature set as the HT Club 40 combo in a versatile head format. This two-channel head is equally at home in the rehearsal room, studio or club-size venue. With the patented ISF control, clean and overdrive channels ranging from "classic crunch" to "super saturated lead," the HT Club 50 head truly is the ultimate amp for the gigging guitarist.