Ibanez TN120 Thermion Amplifier & TN412 4x12 Cabinet

Ibanez offers a full selection of guitars, basses, acoustics and even pedals, but one essential item long missing from their lineup was a full-powered, pro-quality tube amp. The company imported Laney amps (Tony Iommi’s weapon of choice) into the U.S. for a while and builds a variety of solid-state amps, including the Tone Blaster Series and highly regarded Troubadour acoustic guitar amps. Still, the head honchos at Ibanez have long known that a fire-breathing, metal-melting tube amp bearing the Ibanez name was exactly what the company needed to boost its reputation over the top. With the introduction of the TN120 Thermion amp, Ibanez’s mission is finally accomplished. The unusual name means “electrically charged particle,” although Ibanez curiously describes the Thermion as “weapons-grade amplification.” Playing through the Thermion could certainly be considered an act of aggression, so don’t be surprised if jealous guitarists declare you a threat when you add a TN120 to your arsenal.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.