NAMM 2020: Ashdown reveals two ultra lightweight and compact amps - The Ant and The Newt

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NAMM 2020: Ashdown have revealed two ultra light and portable amps ahead of this year's show - the Ant for bass players and the Newt for guitar players.

Featuring a compact aluminum construction - 210mm x 188mm x 62mm, to be exact - these small but mighty amps weigh under a kilogram (915g), but remain durable for life on the road.

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Portability is the name of the game for these amps. The British company has managed to fit 200W of power into a form factor that will comfortably fit on any pedalboard.

Both amps feature an onboard 3-band EQ and a transformer balanced DI output, meaning the user can plug straight into their pedalboard or profiling system. The Ant features a shape control, while the Newt has a mid scoop.

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A -10dB passive/active pad is also available on both models, allowing players to control high output instruments.

An onboard headphone preamp is also included for quiet practice.

For more information, head to Ashdown Engineering.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.