The current trend for portable amps is something I can really get behind. Ashdown saw which way the wind was blowing and dropped the lunchbox-sized OriginAL HD-1 bass head on us. Despite being backpack friendly, the 300w tube amp is a real monster. We demoed the OriginAL HD-1 and also put it [...]
There is a good news for all those bedroom players out there. Legendary Eddie Van Halen has launched the EVH 5150III LBXII. This lunch box amp has everything an aspiring guitarist needs. It packs stunning tones, enough power to bring your house down and comes in a portable form [...]
Orange have a formidable line-up already, and it just got even better, with the announcement of the all-tube Rocker 15 and Rocker 32 combo amps. The company also launched the Kongpressor and Orange Acoustic Pre at NAMM 2017. The former is an octo-compressor pedal and the latter is the [...]
Hughes & Kettner is launching the feature-packed GrandMeister Deluxe 40, marketing it as the world’s “smartest all-tube amp”. It aims to pack the versatility and feature-set of a digital amp into a tube rig. The new model will available by the end of September and will [...]
Californian tone gurus Positive Grid have unveiled their BIAS Rack, which is a 600-watt standalone guitar amp. The company are perhaps best known for their guitar amp simulation software, but they are making inroads to hardware units. The BIAS Head launched late last month and now the Rack [...]
Panama Guitars have announced the Road Series ER, a guitar cabinet designed for extended range instruments. Many leading modern heavy music acts use these extended range guitars. However getting definition onstage with a super low tuning is only possible if you have a decent rig.
The Friedman Butterslax Bill Kelliher Signature Head is a crushing 100-watt, three-channel behemoth, brought to you by boutique manufacturer Friedman Amplification and the Mastodon guitarist. The hand-wired amp has quite a dark, nasty sound. Kelliher plays a range of material over the [...]
British boffins Laney have announced two new feature-packed bass amps, the 500-watt Nexus-SLS head and the 500-watt Nexus-SLS112 combo. The specs of the hybrid tube amps will make them right at home both in the studio and onstage. The Nexus line is the high-end option provided by the [...]