Amps en Review: Vox Custom Series AC10C1 Guitar Amp — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>The original, single-speaker Vox AC10, introduced as early as 1959, had undergone several cosmetic changes before it was finally discontinued in 1965, but what mostly remained intact was its distinct circuit, found in many of the company’s flagship line of amplifiers. </p> <p>Having more power than the diminutive, practice-sized AC4 and being more compact than the influential and gig-ready AC15, the AC10 occupied a desirable space between those two popular amplifiers that were recognized for their harmonically rich overdrive and jangly clean tone. </p> <p>Now, Vox has revived this classic all-tube amplifier with the Custom Series AC10C1, which brilliantly reproduces Vox’s legendary Top Boost sound in a lower-wattage amp with the addition of an onboard studio quality reverb for even more versatility. </p> <p><strong>FEATURES:</strong> The AC10C1 foregoes the original’s square shape for a more portable, rectangular housing, similar to the AC15 Custom. With this extra length, the amp has more low-end resonance and greater projection in volume. Considering it feels lighter than its stated 27 pounds, it’s an ideal candidate for a personal stereo rig when using two. Dick Denney’s original design of normal and vibrato channels has been replaced with a single input to accommodate this model’s built-in Top Boost circuit. </p> <p>The AC10C1 features top-mounted “chicken-head” controls for gain, bass, treble, reverb and master volume, along with an external speaker jack, two 12AX7 preamp tubes and two EL84 tubes pushing 10 watts of output power. The single 1x10-inch Celestion VX10 speaker is evenly voiced, providing the bell-like tone of Celestion’s blue alnico speaker at lower volumes and the bark of their Greenback when cranked.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE:</strong> As the owner of three AC30s from different eras, I’m obviously a sucker for the Vox sound. Fortunately, the AC10C1 lets me get that tone in an amp that’s both portable and loud enough for gigging. What makes it impressive is how detailed and focused its Top Boost tone is no matter what guitar is plugged into its input. </p> <p>The bass and treble EQ knobs deliver precise tone shaping, and the even taper of the gain and master volume knobs allows for enough clean headroom before blossoming to complex overdriven crunch. Turning up the treble produces sparkling cleans that have razor-sharp top-end sheen. For more muscular tones, the bass knob provides ample body to shape the amount of heft. The reverb has an expansive splash but doesn’t overwhelm the sound because it lacks the noisy digital artifacts found in most built-in reverbs.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE:</strong> $599.99<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER:</strong> Vox Amplification, <a href=""></a></p> <p>The studio-quality reverb adds incredible dimension and ambience considering the AC10’s portable size.</p> <p>At 10-watts, the AC10 has plenty of volume and nails all the ringing clean jangle and chunky overdrive that Vox is famous for. </p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE:</strong> The compact VOX AC10 packs all the legendary Top Boost character of the flagship AC30 and is cleverly voiced for more headroom, versatility and chime.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> August 2015 gear review VOX Videos Amps News Gear Magazine Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:42:53 +0000 Paul Riario 24760 at Review: Orange Rockverb 100 MKIII Guitar Amp — Video <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><em>PLATINUM AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>The original Orange amps of yesteryear were known for their outrageous clean headroom, eardrum-shattering overdrive, and earth-shaking volume—just the perfect thing for blues-based boogie rock during the early Seventies, but not the most modern sound in today’s high-gain world. </p> <p>When Orange introduced its Rockerverb series amps just over a decade ago, they forever changed perceptions of Orange amps by offering a product that could hang with the high-gain crowd and even stand out with its own aggressive personality. </p> <p>Over the years, Orange has made a few changes and refinements to the Rockerverb’s design to satisfy the needs of guitarists who have come to rely on the amp as a stage and studio staple. The latest and greatest of those changes are reflected in the new Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII 100-watt head, which provides impressive tonal refinements and new features certain to satisfy the most demanding players.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII is a two-channel head driven by four EL34 tubes in the power section, four 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section, and two 12AT7 tubes for reverb and the effects loop. The clean channel features a non-master volume circuit and provides volume, treble, and bass controls. The dirty channel has volume, gain, and bass, middle, and treble EQ controls. Both channels share the tube-driven spring reverb section featuring a reverb level control and a footswitchable attenuator that maintains the character and response of power tube distortion while allowing users to play at reduced volume levels. The amp also includes a half-power switch on the front panel and a 4/2 tube selector switch on the rear panel that let users select 100-, 70-, 50-, or 30-watts of output. </p> <p>Other rear panel features include a pair of 8-ohm 1/4-inch speaker outputs, a single 16-ohm 1/4-inch speaker output, individual footswitch jacks for the attenuator, reverb, and channel switching, and send and return jacks for the serial effects loop. The amp is housed in Orange’s characteristic orange-colored cabinet, but Orange also the amp with black basket-weave vinyl covering for players who want a more traditional, stealthy look. The control panel is decorated with Orange’s classic “pictogram” graphics instead of boring names.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Orange refined the voicing of both the Rockerverb 100 MKIII’s clean and dirty channels, making it a much more versatile amp than previous iterations of the Rockerverb. The clean channel has increased clean headroom and tone that is more sparkling and “chimey” than before, combining the zing of an AC30, the percussive attack of a Hiwatt, and the powerful punch of a classic late-Sixties Orange. The clean channel is very lively and sexy, particularly when the amp’s luscious spring reverb with its long, velvety-smooth decay is dialed in. The clean channel also provides tantalizing overdrive crunch when the volume knob is cranked up past the three-o’clock mark. </p> <p>The dirty channel remains the main reason why Rockerverb amps have found homes on stage and in the studio with a new breed of hard rock and metal guitarists, producing everything from classic British crunch to mind-melting modern high-gain distortion textures that are thick and harmonically complex. </p> <p>The attenuator and selectable output make it easy for guitarists to achieve the exact clean or distortion character and responsiveness they want from the amp at any volume level from an apartment dweller’s whisper to a stage-filler’s scream. The control panel is quite simple and streamlined, but it makes it easy to dial in a surprisingly wide variety of tones ideal for almost any style of music from the most chilled out country to the heaviest metal.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $2,149; Rockerverb 50 MKIII, $1,999<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Orange Amplification, <a href=""></a></p> <p>The revoiced clean channel provides expanded clean headroom and enhanced treble chime. A footswitchable attenuator maintains the power, character, and responsiveness of a fully driven amp at lower output levels.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> The Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII is designed to provide Orange’s heaviest tones to date, but the refined clean channel is so sweet that players of any musical style should check it out. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> July 2015 Orange Orange Amplification Videos Amps News Gear Magazine Wed, 20 May 2015 16:19:03 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario 24515 at Carvin Amplifiers Expands Custom Color Options <!--paging_filter--><p>Carvin Amplifiers has long offered customers the ability to order bass and guitar amps covered in a handful of different colored vinyl. </p> <p>Along with standard black and tweed vinyl covering, Carvin Amplifiers expanded to offer customers colors such as red, white, blue and patterns such as Python Snakeskin. </p> <p>This month sees the addition of even more colors and patterns, bringing the total offering to 18 different colors to choose from. Among the colors now available are two digital camouflage colors, Brown Alligator scale and Blue Python Snakeskin to list a few. </p> <p>A very classic-looking Seafoam Green and Vintage Bordeaux provide a retro look to any amp or speaker cabinet. Custom-colored amps are delivered in two weeks or less. Order them direct from <a href=""></a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/carvin%20amps.jpeg" width="620" height="526" alt="carvin amps.jpeg" /></p> Carvin Carvin Guitars Amps News Gear Mon, 18 May 2015 18:53:02 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24502 at Zakk Wylde Shreds and Discusses Wylde Audio Guitars and Amps on 'That Metal Show' — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Inspired by <a href="">this morning's post about Kirk Hammett and Michael Schenker's jam session</a> on the April 18 edition of <em>That Metal Show</em>, we thought we'd share this clip of Zakk Wylde's recent visit to the VH1 show.</p> <p>In the video, which you can check out below, Wylde plays one of his new Wylde Audio guitars through one of his new Wylde Audio amps.</p> <p>Then, as part of Mark Strigl's "That Metal Gear" segment of the show, Wylde discusses his new company and gear in great detail. It turns out Wylde's company is not only building the amps—but he's also building the speakers and tubes that go <em>inside</em> the amps. To found out more, and to get a good look at Wylde's new gear, check out the video below.</p> <p><strong>For more about Wylde Audio, visit <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/zakk-wylde">Zakk Wylde</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> That Metal Show Wylde Audio Zakk Wylde Videos Amps Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:23:19 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24329 at Practice Made Perfect: Guitar World Rounds Up 17 Amazing Practice Amps <!--paging_filter--><p>Playing live might be the best way to hone your performance skills, but when it comes to technique, you need practice, practice, practice. If you play an electric guitar, your woodshedding sessions demand an amp that not only reveals the details and nuance of your playing but also sounds great—so great that it makes you want to practice more and become the best guitarist you can. Of course, it’s even better if it has built-in effects, a tuner, a metronome, and connectivity to the world of digital apps, downloads and MP3 players. With that in mind, we set out to find the best-sounding and best-outfitted practice amps currently on the market. Over the next pages, you’ll find practice combos and heads that pull double-duty as studio and rehearsal powerhouses and others that offer computer, USB, Bluetooth, iOS and Android connectivity. Whether you love an all-tube rig, solid-state power, or feature-laden digital/modeling amps, you’re sure to find that one of these tone machines makes practice perfect.</p> Carr Amplifiers Epiphone Fender Ibanez Peavey Roland September 2014 Amps News Features Gear Magazine Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:59:40 +0000 Paul Riario 21835 at Vox Introduces Custom Series AC10C1 10-Watt Tube Amp — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Vox has announced its new AC10C1, a 10-watt tube amplifier that joins Vox's flagship lineup of tube amps, the Custom Series. </p> <p>More portable than the AC15 and more powerful than the AC4, the AC10C1 provides an array of classic Vox tones and comes equipped with studio-quality reverb and a master volume.</p> <p>The AC10 was one of the first amplifiers to bear the Vox name and was available only for a short period of time in the early 1960s. Long adored for its ability to achieve rich, articulate tube tone at very manageable volumes, the AC10 has become a highly coveted piece of Vox history since its discontinuation in 1965. </p> <p>Now in 2015, Vox reintroduces the AC10C1 to provide players with an easy way to enjoy the legendary VOX top boost sound. The AC10C1 comes equipped with Gain, Bass, Treble, Reverb and Master Volume for sound-shaping flexibility to provide the classic Vox tone anywhere.</p> <p>“This is the perfect amp whether recording, playing live or just messing around at home,” says Brian Piccolo, brand manager for Vox. “This is without a doubt one of the best-sounding amplifiers we've ever produced!”</p> <p><strong>For more information, visit <a href=""></a> and watch the new video below.</strong></p> <p><strong>AC10C1 Specifications</strong></p> <p>• Output Power: 10W RMS<br /> • Controls: GAIN, BASS, TREBLE, REVERB, VOLUME<br /> • Tube Compliment: 2 × 12AX7, 2 × EL84<br /> • Speaker: 1 × 10-inch Celestion VX10<br /> • Input Jack: INPUT jack<br /> • Output Jack: EXTERNAL SPEAKER jack<br /> • Dimensions (W x D x H): 520 x 210 x 410 mm/20.47”x8.27”x16.14”<br /> • Weight: 12.3kg/27.12 lbs</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> VOX Videos Amps News Gear Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:28:18 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24250 at Review: ToneVille Broadway Guitar Amp — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the boutique amp world, a 20-watt combo with a single 12-inch speaker usually means either one of two things: it’s either based on one of Fender’s various iterations of their Deluxe model or it’s inspired by Marshall’s model 1973 combo. </p> <p>The ToneVille Broadway takes a different approach by combining the best of both American and British circuits, providing a wider variety of tones than its streamlined control panel might initially suggest. </p> <p>The end result is a blazing little powerhouse of an amp that’s equally at home in the studio where guitarists can take full advantage of its tonal versatility or on stage where its impressive volume output and authoritative voice are key.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The ToneVille Broadway is driven by a pair of EL84 power tubes, three 12AX7 preamp tubes and a 5V4 NOS rectifier (a NOS Mullard GZ-34 is also available as an option). The circuit features hand-wired, high fidelity components and custom hand-wound transformers and is mounted in a custom-milled 1/8-inch anodized aluminum chassis. Front panel controls consist of preamp gain, bass, midrange and treble EQ, a three-way mid-rangevoice capacitor selector, and master volume with an attenuator accessible via its switchable on/off knob. There is also a pair of 1/4-inch inputs: normal and padded -10dB.</p> <p>The speaker is a 12-inch, custom-voiced Celestion G12H 55hz with a ceramic magnet. A 1/4-inch speaker output jack and 4/8/16-ohm impedance switch are provided for connecting an extension cabinet. The combo’s cabinet is made from solid rock maple and black walnut, which is covered only with a thin but sturdy catalyzed lacquer finish to enhance the amp’s tone. </p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Most low-wattage 1x12 combos provide only a somewhat shallow window of clean headroom, but the ToneVille Broadway can produce immaculate clean tones at impressively loud stage volume levels. The hi-fi components play a crucial role in this, but at the same time it also delivers deliciously raunchy and musical distortion that doesn’t always come from such quality construction. </p> <p>The three-way mid-range capacitor “ToneVille Knob” plays a key role in the Broadway’s tonal versatility. The switch basically provides mid boost, mid cut and normal settings. The mid boost setting is the most “British” personality and works very well with the preamp gain turned up past one o’clock. The mid cut setting is more “American” and provides detailed cleans with shimmering treble and percussive bass and delightfully nasty distorted tones. Channel switching isn’t necessary as long as your guitar has a volume knob.</p> <p><strong>CHEAT SHEET</strong><br /> <strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $2,495<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> ToneVille Amplifiers, <a href=""></a></p> <p>The three-position ToneVille Knob accesses a selection of capacitors that provide a variety of different mid-range voices.</p> <p>A built-in attenuator is accessed by pulling out the master volume knob, allowing users to dial in harmonically rich power tube distortion at low volume levels.</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong> The ToneVille Broadway may have a simple, streamlined control panel, but it produces a surprisingly versatile variety of tones that are sure to please fans of American and British 1x12 combos alike.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> May 2015 ToneVille Videos Amps News Gear Magazine Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:22:19 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario 23868 at Review: Supro 1624T Dual Tone, S6420 Thunderbolt and 1690T Coronado Guitar Amps — Video <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><em>PLATINUM AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>During the Fifties and Sixties, Supro established a niche as a more affordable alternative to the guitars and amps available from music industry leaders like Fender and Gibson. </p> <p>Supro amps were actually built by Valco, which was based in Chicago and also made amps under various other brand names, including Airline, Gretsch, National and Oahu. </p> <p>Most Supro amp models weren’t quite powerful enough for use on stage and were rarely used in concert by big name acts, although Jimi Hendrix played guitar through a Supro bass amp in clubs with the Isley Brothers, Ike Turner and Little Richard. Starting in the late Sixties many guitarists put Supro amps to good use in the studio for their distinctive and attractive distortion tones. Jimmy Page famously used a Supro combo with a single 12-inch speaker on the first two Led Zeppelin albums.</p> <p>In 2013, Absara Audio bought the rights to the Supro name and revived the brand with a new line of reissue amps. Working together with master tube amp designer Bruce Zinky, David Koltai (of Pigtronix fame), developed new Supro amps that revive several of the most desirable models from the mid Sixties. The Supro 1624T Dual-Tone, 1690T Coronado and S6420 Thunderbolt are based on the 1964 versions of these models. All three replicate the “blue rhino” cosmetics of mid-Sixties Supro amps and most remain faithful to the original designs while offering a few new innovations and improved performance for on stage use.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> All three models are combos, but each offers a different tube complement and speaker configuration. The Dual Tone is a 24-watt amp featuring two 6973 power tubes and four 12AX7EH preamp/tremolo circuit tubes. Parallel link circuitry allows users to blend the first and second channels together by plugging into the 1+2 input or use the second channel by itself by plugging into input 2. Both the first and second channels have independent volume and tone controls, with shared speed and depth knobs to control the output tube tremolo. A single 12-inch Supro DT12 speaker is housed in an oversized (about the size of a typical 2x10 enclosure) vintage correct open-back cabinet. </p> <p>The Coronado has a 35-watt class-A circuit driven by a pair of 6L6WGC power tubes, four 12AX7EH preamp/tremolo tubes and a 5U4GB rectifier. It offers the same six-knob control configuration and parallel link features as the Dual Tone, but drives far more power into a pair of 10-inch Supro CR10 speakers in an open-back cabinet the same size as the Dual Tone. </p> <p>Originally designed as a bass amp, the Thunderbolt has the same cathode biased 35-watt class-A circuit as the Coronado, but it has only two 12AX7EH preamp tubes due to the lack of a second channel and tremolo circuit. The Thunderbolt’s single has Normal and Hot 1/4-inch input jacks and solitary volume and tone controls. The taller open-back cabinet houses a single 15-inch Supro TB15 speaker.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Supro’s new lineup seems to be inspired by Jimmy Page’s legendary Supro and the speculation about that amp that has developed over the decades. You have the Dual Tone, which meets the stock 1x12 combo criteria, the Coronado (which is the Supro model that Page gave to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, although Page modified it with a single 12-inch speaker), and the Thunderbolt (although this version is not the later 1966-67 model, which also had a single 12). </p> <p>Page enthusiasts should cut chase to the Dual Tone first, as it delivers absolutely glorious midrange and Plexi-like sparkle and definition when cranked all the way up. With both channels linked and dimed, the distortion is fat and harmonically rich just like a great vintage tube amp from the golden era is supposed to sound. The Dual Tone is an awesome studio amp, delivering raunchy vintage distortion tones at levels that are just right for recording. The Coronado and Thunderbolt provide more clean headroom and deliver their delicious distortion tones at higher output levels. The Coronado is much more versatile thanks to its parallel link channels and tremolo, but the Thunderbolt is the perfect platform for a pedal-based rig as it provides a pristine foundation for any variety of distortion, overdrive, EQ and other effects.</p> <p><strong>CHEAT SHEET</strong><br /> <strong>LIST PRICES</strong> $1,590 (1624T Dual Tone, S6420 Thunderbolt); $1,795 (1690T Coronado)<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Supro USA, <a href=""></a></p> <p>The 1624T Dual Tone 1x12 combo derives 24 watts of output from its pair of 6973 power tubes and four 12AX7EH preamp tubes.</p> <p>With 35-watt output, two channels and tremolo, the 1690T Coronado 2x10 combo is Supro’s most versatile model for stage and studio.</p> <p>The S6420 Thunderbolt 1x15 combo features only volume and tone controls, which makes it an ideal foundation for a pedal-based rig.</p> <p>The Dual Tone and Coronado both feature two channels with parallel link allowing users to drive both channels together for increased gain and distortion.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> Supro’s newest amp models deliver truly authentic vintage tones with all of the character, harmonic richness and sweet midrange of legendary amps that helped define the sound of modern rock and roll.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> May 2015 Supro Videos Amps News Gear Magazine Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:24:43 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario 23865 at Joe Bonamassa's "Vintage Marshall Amp Shootout" — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Gear lover and self-declared guitar geek Joe Bonamassa has posted another gear-centric video to <a href="">his Facebook page,</a> asking fans to "share it along." </p> <p>So that's exactly what we're doing.</p> <p>This time around, Bonamassa presents a clip called "Vintage Marshall Amp Shootout." </p> <p>In the video, which you can check out below, the guitarist grabs a Gibson Les Paul, channels his inner-Bluesbreaker (which isn't very difficult for him to do) and compares the different sounds you can produce from five vintage pinstripe models.</p> <p>He shot the video especially for the Les Paul Forum in London. Enjoy!</p> <div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="" data-width="620"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <blockquote cite=""> <p>JBWM: Attention Fellow Guitar Geeks! Check out Joe&#039;s vintage Marshall amp shootout recorded for The Les Paul Forum in...</p> <p>Posted by <a href="">Joe Bonamassa</a> on <a href="">Tuesday, March 24, 2015</a></p></blockquote> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/joe-bonamassa">Joe Bonamassa</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Joe Bonamassa Marshall Marshall Amplification Videos Amps News Gear Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:44:17 +0000 Damian Fanelli 23793 at Eddie Van Halen Tests New EVH Gear 5150IIIS Amp Head — GoPro Video <!--paging_filter--><p>OK, this is kinda cool.</p> <p>Check out this just-posted video of Eddie Van Halen testing the new EVH Gear 5150IIIS amp head. The catch is, everything is shot with GoPro cameras, so you're seeing things from some pretty interesting and revealing angles.</p> <p>In the clip, which you can check out below, Eddie plays some of his most iconic Van Halen licks and riffs, from "Hot for Teacher" to "Dance the Night Away" and beyond.</p> <p>While showing off the gear, Van Halen showcases the differences between the 5150IIIS and its predecessor, the 5150III. The latest version of the amp is the result of Eddie's desire to have a little "more gas in the tank" before Van Halen's successful 2012 tour. </p> <p><strong><a href="">For more about this 120-watt amp (including a lot more details, like the fact that it's 120 watts), head here.</a></strong></p> <p>Van Halen are set to release a new live album, its first-ever with David Lee Roth on vocals. <em>Tokyo Dome Live In Concert</em>, which was recorded in June 2013, will be available March 31 as two CDs, a four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl and via digital outlets.</p> <p><strong>For more about EVH Gear, visit <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><iframe src="" width="620" height="365" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/van-halen">Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Eddie Van Halen EVH Gear FMIC Specialty Brands Van Halen Videos Amps News Gear Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:22:09 +0000 Guitar World Staff 23751 at Review: Roland Cube 10GX Guitar Amplifier — Video <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><em>GOLD AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>Not too long ago, practice amps were about as exciting and satisfying as a mayonnaise on white bread sandwich. </p> <p>About the best thing anyone could say about them is that they produced a sound that was louder than someone talking, but their tones and features (if they offered anything beyond basic volume and tone controls) weren’t exactly inspirational. </p> <p>Enter Roland’s Cube series, which proved that tiny, affordable amps didn’t need to be boring. One of their latest products—the Cube 10GX—even allows you to customize it any time you want using an app for a smart phone or tablet. Surprisingly affordable and shockingly versatile, the Roland Cube 10GX is easy to use and so much fun to play that you may consider plugging into a bigger rig too much of a hassle.</p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The Roland Cube 10GX has almost identical dimensions to the beloved tweed Fender Champ, but it’s probably 100 times more versatile. Power output is 10 watts, and a single 8-inch speaker is housed in a cabinet with a completely closed back to enhance bass response. A selection of three COSM amp models (Clean, Crunch and Lead) is accessible via a pushbutton on the top control panel, and volume and gain controls let users dial in a variety of clean, overdrive and distortion textures. The three-band EQ section provides the usual bass, middle and treble controls, and an Effect knob provides access to chorus, delay, reverb and spring reverb. Only one effect is available at a time, and the delay and reverb decay times are variable. The rear panel provides 1/8-inch auxiliary input and recording/headphone output jacks. </p> <p>Roland’s free Cube Kit app for iOS and Android devices allows users to replace the COSM presets with custom COSM amps. Currently the app provides 10 different COSM amp types: JC Clean, Black Panel, Brit Combo, Tweed, Classic Stack, Orng Stack, Metal Stack, R-Fier Stack, as well as acoustic guitar and bass amps, allowing you to use acoustic guitars and basses. Any custom COSM amp can be assigned to any of the amp type presets. For example, you can customize the Cube 10GX to provide Classic Stack, Metal Stack and R-Fier Stack amp types or JC Clean, acoustic guitar and bass.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> The most impressive feature of the Cube 10GX is its sound quality. All of the COSM presets and custom amp types deliver outstanding tone and responsive performance that simply feels great to play. While the effects are somewhat basic and limited, they sound great as well and add a nice touch of professional polish to the overall tones and textures. The EQ section changes depending on which amp type is selected, but the voicing of the EQ always provides a useful variety of tones that never sound artificial or unnaturally harsh. The high gain amp types have the fast attack and crisp articulation of a solid-state amp or distortion pedal instead of the softer transients of an actual tube amp, which is ideal for perfecting speed-picked metal rhythms and precise soloing. The clean tones are satisfyingly harmonically rich and expressive, providing ample body for jazz and percussive twang for country.</p> <p>Loading new COSM amp types couldn’t be any easier, but note that the process requires a physical cable connection between the smart phone/tablet and the Cube 10GX amp. Wireless Bluetooth connection would provide the ultimate convenience for this application, but that feature would probably add quite a few extra bucks to the 10GX’s insanely affordable price, and most players will probably keep their three favorite COSM amp types loaded in the amp once they’ve narrowed down their choices.</p> <p><strong>CHEAT SHEET</strong><br /> <strong>STREET PRICE</strong> $129.00<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Roland Corporation, <a href=""></a></p> <p>Three COSM amp types are available, which provide the tonal variety and functionality of a three-channel amp.</p> <p>The free Cube Kit app for iOS and Android smart phones and tablets allows users to customize the amp by downloading new COSM models to the amp type presets.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> A fun practice amp and a versatile recording tool, the Roland Cube 10GX stands out from the usual compact practice amps with its amp type customization feature and outstanding tones.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> April 2015 Roland Videos Amps News Gear Magazine Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:43:18 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario 23600 at Epiphone Introduces Limited Edition "1939" Century Guitar Amp — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Epiphone has introduced a classic for the 21st century.</p> <p>The limited-edition “1939” Century Amp is a modern 18-watt all-tube, guitar amplifier with a 12-inch speaker that revives an Art Deco-era masterpiece from Epiphone’s early days in Manhattan.</p> <p>The Epiphone “1939” Century is a faithful replica of the classic 1930s-era cabinet design, including bent rims, an all-metal handle, six-point star screws and vintage-style grill cloth, but with newly designed all-tube electronics. </p> <p>Plus, the “1939” Century includes three uniquely voiced inputs and an internal bias adjustment for extra tone control.</p> <p>In the late Thirties, Epiphone was already blazing a trail for what founder Epi Stathopoulo saw as the future—the electric guitar. And now in the 21st century, the “1939” Century Amp returns with a modern all-tube amp design with a powerful, full-toned 12-inch Electar speaker in a compact, easy-to-carry, cabinet that has been featured in every vintage guitar book!</p> <p><strong>For more information, watch the video below and visit the amp's page on <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><strong><em><a href="">Be sure to watch Guitar World's video review of this amp featuring Paul Riario!</a></em></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Epiphone March Madness Videos Amps News Gear Mon, 09 Mar 2015 12:11:32 +0000 Guitar World Staff 23684 at Review: Epiphone 1939 Century Guitar Amplifier — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Back in the late Thirties when the electric guitar was still in its infancy, Epiphone produced a variety of Electar model amplifiers to pair with their electric guitar models. </p> <p>The Century and Zephyr amps were designed to go with Epiphone’s classiest, top-of-the-line electric guitar models with the same names. Unlike most amps produced at the time, which resembled luggage, the Century and Zephyr amps were housed in maple or birch cabinets with tasteful art deco styling that looked right at home on stage in the upscale nightclubs where they were often used.</p> <p>Epiphone recently introduced a reissue of the 1939 Century amplifier. </p> <p>This compact 20-watt 1x12 combo faithfully reproduces the original version’s cabinet down to the six-point screws, grill cloth and chrome-plated carrying handle while offering a newly designed tube amp circuit. </p> <p><strong>FEATURES</strong> The Epiphone 1939 Century features a pair of 6V6 power amp tubes that provide 20 watts of output and two 12AX7 preamp tubes. The 12-inch speaker is Epiphone’s own special-design 8-ohm Electar model. Like the vintage amplifiers that inspired it, the Epiphone 1939 Century has a simple control panel that features only a volume and a tone control. However, three individually voiced inputs and a pull boost function on the volume control (which also can be controlled with an optional footswitch) greatly expands the amp’s tonal versatility. Instead of the instrument, mic and phonograph inputs on the original (which were actually wired in parallel), the reissue has bright, normal and dark inputs. Other modern features include an internal variable bias control and a speaker output jack for connecting the amp to an external speaker cabinet.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> The circuit’s push/pull fixed-bias output stage and long-tail pair phase inverter provide impressive clean headroom for a small, vintage-style combo, but the amp still can get satisfyingly gritty and nasty with the volume control cranked up past 7 (when using single coil pickups, earlier with humbuckers) or with the pull boost function engaged. Whereas most “Dark” inputs on other amps produce muddy, flabby tone, here it sounds more like most Normal channels with just a touch less treble brilliance. If you prefer bright, sparkly tones, they’re available from the Normal and Bright inputs, with the latter sounding razor sharp with the tone control set anywhere past 5. The amp sounds best with the volume control fully pegged, where the distortion is gloriously vicious yet refined and clean tones are just a twist of the guitar’s volume knob away.</p> <p><strong>CHEAT SHEET</strong><br /> <strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $665.00<br /> <strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> Epiphone, <a href=""></a></p> <p>The wood cabinet, chrome-plated handle, grill cloth and six-point screws are all faithful to the design of Epiphone’s original Electar Century amp from the Thirties.</p> <p>Bright, Normal and Dark inputs plus a pull-boost function provide greater sonic versatility than the typical vintage-inspired amp.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> The classy retro styling of the Epiphone 1939 Century make it the ideal affordable living room practice amp, but the sound and performance make it great for the studio and small gigs too.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> April 2015 Epiphone Videos Amps News Gear Magazine Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:53:57 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario 23609 at Review: PRS Archon Amplifier Head — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>When PRS introduced its first tube amps a few years back, the products earned praise and acceptance from the company’s core customer demographic of classic rock, blues and even country guitarists. </p> <p>However, the numerous hard rock and metal guitarists that PRS attracted in recent years—thanks to endorsers like Frederik Åkesson, Marty Friedman, Clint Lowery, Zach Myers and Mark Tremonti—might have felt a little left out by the company’s initial amp offerings. </p> <p>With the introduction of the PRS Archon Series, PRS has delivered a line of high-gain amps that will satisfy not only its current hordes of metal guitarists but also a new generation of players who may not have considered PRS products in the past.</p> <p><Strong>FEATURES</strong> The Archon Series includes a 25-watt combo, a 50-watt head and combo, and a 100-watt head. We took a look at the 100-watt Archon head, which features two fully independent Clean and Lead channels each with its own volume, treble, middle, bass and master volume controls and bright switch. Both channels share the presence and depth controls. </p> <p>The head can be powered by a quartet of either EL34 or 6L6 tubes—our test example came with 6L6s. The preamp section features six 12AX7 tubes that provide more than ample gain.</p> <p> Like the Archon’s front panel, the rear panel is similarly uncluttered and straightforward yet powerful. An output power switch selects either full 100-watt output or half output. There’s also a mono series effect loop with 1/4-inch send and return jacks, a pair of 1/4-inch speaker outputs and a four-/eight-/16-ohm output selector switch, and a set of bias jack terminals that lets users adjust the amp’s bias without removing the chassis or panels. The amp ships with a two-button footswitch that plugs into the rear footswitch jack and controls channel switching and loop bypass functions. The footswitch also has LEDs that indicate which settings are selected.</p> <p><strong>PERFORMANCE</strong> Like all PRS products, the Archon 100-watt head is visually stunning and classy looking, featuring a Paul Reed Smith signature logo in gold on a black-stained and lacquer-finished slab of flamed curly maple on the front panel. The construction is solid and immaculate, and the amp should withstand years of gigging abuse while looking like new and providing trouble-free performance. The rear chassis panel is held in place by four screws, which allows users to change tubes quickly, and the bias terminals allow quick bias adjustments. </p> <p> The control layout is uncomplicated and logical. The Clean channel offers impressive headroom at high volume levels, but it can also deliver satisfyingly gritty overdrive and punch when the volume control is turned past 12 o’clock. The clean tone is tight and percussive, and the EQ controls provide a wide variety of tones that include crisp, jangly treble and fat, warm midrange. The Lead channel is a monster, providing thick, densely saturated distortion, crisp crunch, and tight low-end thump that maintains well-defined attack and individual note definition. The bass on this channel is huge but not overwhelming, allowing the nuances of the midrange and treble frequencies to come through loud and clear. </p> <p> Although the Archon doesn’t have boost functions or a third channel, those features really are not necessary as the Lead channel is so well defined that solos cut through with just a subtle volume boost from the guitar. I’ve long been a believer that the simplest circuit paths result in the biggest tone, and that’s certainly on display in the Archon, which is designed with tone as its foremost consideration. If you want more colors, the Clean channel is an excellent foundation for a pedal setup, while the Lead channel is absolutely killer on its own and needs no further embellishment.</p> <p><strong>LIST PRICE</strong> $2,299</p> <p><strong>MANUFACTURER</strong> PRS Guitars, <a href=""></a></p> <p>Two fully independent channels with separate volume, EQ and bright controls provide outstanding clean and high-gain/lead tones.</p> <p>Bias terminals on the rear panel make it easy to evaluate and adjust power tube bias without removing the amp from its chassis.</p> <p><strong>THE BOTTOM LINE</strong> Delivering both killer clean and lead tones, the PRS Archon is a versatile amp head that delivers the high-gain textures that metalheads have always wanted from PRS amps.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> February 2015 PRS PRS Guitars Videos Amps News Gear Magazine Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:34:37 +0000 Chris Gill, Video by Paul Riario 23194 at Adrian Belew, Matt Smith and Snarky Puppy Demo Supro Royal Reverb Amp — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Matt Smith, Adrian Belew and Snarky Puppy's Chris McQueen and Bob Lanzetti dropped by the Supro Amps booth at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show to demo the company's new Royal Reverb amp.</p> <p>You can check out the video, which also features Supro's guitars, below.</p> <p>This 2x10-inch vintage reissue with reverb and tremolo has headroom to spare and a huge, punchy tone. The Royal Reverb's stout 6L6 output stage can be configured for Class A or Class AB power at 35, 45 or 60 watts with selectable 5U4 tube or solid state rectifier modes. Street price on the Royal Reverb is $1,499 U.S.</p> <p>For more about Supro, visit <a href=""></a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Adrian Belew Matt Smith NAMM 2015 NAMM 2015 video Snarky Puppy Videos Amps News Gear Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:16:30 +0000 Guitar World Staff 23506 at