Luckily, musicians in search of quality signature gear — from guitars to amps to effects to pickups — don't have to worry about that nonsense. Generally, gear manufacturers work closely with their signature artists, in some cases, right down to the tiniest of details (Some artists repeatedly send back the prototypes until they're perfect).
Let's face it, bringing a 100-watt guitar amp to your average weekend bar gig is a lot like taking a Lamborghini to Shop Rite for Sunday-afternoon grocery shopping. You simply don't need all that power.
The dreadful “must use provided backline” or “the mysterious amp at the drummer’s house” are circumstances where we hope for the best, yet fear the worst. Backline gear is usually decent, but your biggest setback is time. The band before you swore, the crowd wanted more, and now the stage director is just swearing at everyone for going overtime!
The Palmer Pocket Amp is worth its keep by acting as a headphone amp, DI box, overdrive/distortion effects pedal and a re-amp amplifier simulator box. All this is packed inside one rugged box that's tough enough for stage use and can be tossed around in a gig bag until its next use.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario tries out the latest high-gain offering from Peavey, the new XXX II, a 120-watt amp sporting four EL34's in the power section and four 12AX7 tubes in the preamp section.
Here's a Guitar World video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California. During the gear- and rain-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the gang at the Orange Amplification booth to check out some new gear. This video focuses on the company's new OR100 guitar amp, which Guitar World mentioned last month before NAMM even started.
Here's a Guitar World video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California. During the gear- and rain-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the gang at the VOX booth to check out some new gear. This video profiles the company's new Mini5 Rhythm guitar amp.