GUITAR SHOWCASE 2023: The Ashdown range of guitar amplifiers, designed by the renowned British valve amp guru Dave Green, embodies a meticulous approach to cater to the demands of the modern world. In an era where portability, low power options, and authentic tube tones take precedence, Ashdown's commitment to excellence shines through.
Each Ashdown Guitar Amp is a labour of love, meticulously designed, engineered, and constructed with only the finest available components.
One standout gem from this esteemed lineup is the MF 484 2.N – a masterful fusion of classic valve amp richness and cutting-edge dynamic impulse response technology. With a 30-watt rating, the MF484 2.N boasts an abundance of headroom, delivering pristine sparkling clean tones.
Yet, it's equally at home when you crave a switchable boost to unleash the growling power required for the heaviest of rock riffs. Its versatile tonal sculpting capabilities are further enhanced by Bass, Middle, Treble, and Presence rotary controls, as well as Volume and Gain knobs, granting you precision control over your overall output volume. To round out the package, a 6-way rotary knob empowers you to select from six pre-set emulated cabinets.
The heart of this sonic powerhouse lies in its valve selection. The preamp section is enriched by 1 x ECC81, 1 x ECC82, and 2 x ECC83 valves, while the power stage features 4 x EL84 valves, ensuring that the MF484 2.N achieves an authentic, warm valve-driven sound.
But Ashdown takes it a step further by partnering with Two notes to deliver unparalleled realism and playing comfort. Their unique technology, based on convolution techniques, begins with precise measurements of actual cabinets and microphone setups. The embedded Two notes Torpedo faithfully reproduces this system, including the microphone's spatial positioning, for an immersive experience like no other.
Switching gears to the Mini Mofo by Hayden Amps, it's a striking piece of audio artistry. This compact wonder returns with a fresh twist, featuring an Ashdown VU Meter and a sleek new housing with innovative features.
Armed with 15 watts of all-valve power from 2 x EL84 tubes, the MF-284 proves that immense tone and versatility can indeed reside within a compact package.
The 15-watt power section, driven by the EL84s, offers the ideal blend of power for small gigs and rehearsals. But what sets it apart is its ability to crank those valves even at lower volumes, making it a perfect fit for home practice and studio sessions.
Moreover, the built-in load and headphone output, along with the on-board Line Level Di, transform the MF-284 into an impeccable studio companion, catering to both live and silent environments.
In terms of tonal prowess, the MF-284 delivers in spades. It boasts straightforward controls for easy tone shaping, capable of spanning from classic shimmering cleans to biting classic rock crunch and full-on hard rock tones. This versatility makes it a go-to choice for musicians of all genres.
Constructed from high-quality steel with a sleek black finish and integral carry handle, the MF-284 exudes durability and portability. It also offers 8 and 16-ohm outputs, enabling you to connect to a variety of extension cabinets, ensuring that this amplifier is ready for any gig, studio session, or practice space you throw its way.
In conclusion, whether you're in pursuit of cutting-edge technology in the MF 484 2.N or the classic elegance of the MF-284 Mini Mofo, Ashdown's commitment to crafting exceptional guitar amplifiers shines through in every detail, from construction to tone.
These amplifiers are more than just equipment; they're the tools that elevate your music to the next level, delivering an experience that resonates with both professional musicians and enthusiasts alike.