Matchless Spitfire 15W Combo 112 review

A match made in heaven for those after a clean sound that's simple to use and can go from bedroom to band

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Guitar World Verdict

Everything about this amp screams quality. From the construction to the inside point-to-point hand wiring, it's a quality build which translates into an amazing tone.


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    Easy to use

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    Great build quality

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    Wide tonal variation

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    Heaps of headroom


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    Only one channel

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    No effects loop, headphone jack or power amp in

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Founded in 1989 in Los Angeles, Matchless are renowned for their point-to-point hand-wired, premium quality amplifiers - with them, they've become one of the best sounding and most durable amps on the market. Their first design, the 30-watt DC-30 still remains their most sought after, used by such rockers as Bruce Springsteen, Brian May, Joe Perry, Billy Duffy and Neil Young.

The lower 15-watt range shines its target on bedroom players who also need a solid stage setup with enough volume to overcome a loud drummer. There are three models in the 15-watt range - Spitfire, Lightning and Nighthawk - each with their own characteristics. The Spitfire’s focus is on clean sounds for jazz, blues, chord melody, country picking, and rock; the Lightning produces a classic scooped mid-range “British sound” and the Nighthawk is perfect for higher-gain hot and raw blues and rock. So, if the Spitfire doesn’t sound like your style but you're after a bespoke handmade amp, it's worth taking a look at the other models.

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