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In the hard-rock era of the '70s, the sound of overdriven Marshall stacks filled stadiums around the globe (and terrified the parents and neighbours of bedroom guitarists everywhere). 

These were the good old days of LOUD – when tone equalled eardrum-splitting volume and rocking guitar players were, for better or worse, antisocial by nature. Hot on the trail of a more practical solution, amp designers on both sides of the pond increasingly looked towards giving guitarists the option of valve distortion at lower volume. 

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Rod Brakes

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar WorldGuitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.