Cornell Explorer 10 Head review

The latest amp from legendary British amp builder Dennis Cornell packs quite a punch in a small package

Cornell Explorer 10 Head review
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Guitar World Verdict

A classy Class A lunchbox head with switchable power, an immaculate, low-noise performance, and some truly magnificent tones.


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    Wide range of tones from a deceptively simple layout.

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    Exceptional build quality.

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    A truly superb recording tool.


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    Expensive, but you definitely get what you pay for.

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Dennis Cornell is one of the legendary figures of British guitar amplification, with a history that goes way back to the early 1960s, when he worked for the Arbiter group. 

Back then, Cornell was part of the team behind Sound City amplifiers and the original Fuzz Face effect, popularised by Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and many other influential artists from that era. 

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Nick Guppy

Nick Guppy has been a regular contributor to Guitarist magazine for over 20 years, mostly writing reviews on guitar amps and related products. He built his first valve amplifier at the age of 12 and has since bought, sold and restored many more, with a particular interest in Vox, Selmer, Orange and tweed-era Fenders, alongside Riveras and Mark Series Boogies. When wielding a guitar instead of soldering iron, he’s enjoyed a diverse musical career playing all over the UK, including occasional stints with theatre groups, orchestras and big bands as well as power trios and tributes. His favourite musical genres are ‘anything that’s good’.