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[4 Jun 2010 | Comments Off on Slash Plays The AFD100 | 3,279 views]
Slash Plays The AFD100

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So, if you’ve been following the story of the Marshall AFD100 guitar amp, you may be interested to know that Slash has finally got his mitts (and his Les Paul) on the prototype version.
The AFD100’s progress has been interesting. Since it was announced at NAMM, interested geeks have been able to follow its progress through design, construction and testing at its dedicated web site. Marshall, over at the AFD site, announced that Slash had just had a chance to play the prototype and they’ve, very kindly, videoed him doing so. …

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[30 Apr 2010 | Comments Off on Orange OPC – A Computer In An Amp? | 3,020 views]
Orange OPC – A Computer In An Amp?

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This is the OPC (which I’m relatively sure stands for nothing more complicated than ‘Orange PC’).
A computer in an amp?
Orange announced it recently and the associated news article on their web site carries the headline “Orange launches its new PC division”.
I don’t normally just paste in press release text but, in this case I think I will.  I’ll come back to my own views after the release – hope that’s ok.
Orange Amplifiers, the British based pioneering force in guitar amplifiers, are proud to announce the launch of the revolutionary all-in-one …

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[4 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Orange Rockerverb II Launched | 2,100 views]
Orange Rockerverb II Launched

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A couple of weeks ago, we took a brief look at some of the new amps launched by Orange at this years NAMM.
Time to take a closer look at one of them.
This is the Orange Rockerverb II.  With it, Orange plans to build on the original Rockerverb reputation and to improve the specification and range available.  Orange tell us that the new Rockerverbs have been upgraded based on feedback received from both endorsers and players.
The new Rockerverb range includes both a 50-watt and 100-watt head and a 50-watt combo (available …

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[26 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on Marshall AFD-100 Slash Amp | 9,435 views]
Marshall AFD-100 Slash Amp

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Marshall Apmplification got a lot of attention at NAMM when Guns n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist, Slash, made an unusual announcement.
Slash announced that Marshall would recreate the amplifier he used to record the Appetite For Destruction album.
The amp, which will be called the AFD100 (Appetite For Destruction, get it?), will hopefully be released in the summer of 2010 but, and this is the unusual bit, the public can follow the development of the amp on a dedicated website.
From the concept, to the initial design work, to the circuit schematics …

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[22 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on Marshall Dave Mustaine Megastack | 5,126 views]
Marshall Dave Mustaine Megastack

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Want to look like a Mammoth, Towering Colossus Of Rock?
You need the new, Marshall Dave Mustaine Megastack, then.
Park one of these in your backline and you will look monstrously huge on stage. Basically because, despite the mega name, this is essentially a microstack.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
The Megastack comprises a 15-watt head with four channels (yep, four) just like Dave’s own JVM rigs.  You can choose from clean, crunch and a couple of overdrives named New Wave Of British Metal and Holy Solo.
Nice.
A three-way tone stack and …

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[18 Jan 2010 | One Comment | 3,385 views]
Orange Unveil New Amps

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Orange have been keeping busy and have used NAMM to launch a number of new models.
First up, pictured left, is the new addition to the, very popular, Tiny Terror range.  We’ve always had a soft spot for the lunch-pail Tiny Terror.  Those of you who don’t have – or don’t want – extension cabs around the place however, can get your Tiny Terror in combo form.
This new addition to the Tiny Terror Combo range is even more tiny and comes loaded with a Celestion G10 Vintage speaker.  This unit sits …

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[7 Dec 2009 | Comments Off on Line 6 Give Away More Stuff – Backtrack Portable Recorder | 1,720 views]
Line 6 Give Away More Stuff – Backtrack Portable Recorder

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Line 6 are giving away more stuff.  Only a few days ago, we looked at their Propellerhead Record/POD Studio GX offer and now they’re at it again.
For the month of December, if you buy a Spider IV amplifier AND an FBV foot-contoller for it you can get yourself a Backtrack portable digital recorder for freeeeee.
The Backtrack is a pocket-sized unit specially designed for guitarists.  It has a full 1/4″ input and output and high-quality audi recording to flash memory.  USB connection will import your recorded audio to your favourite DAW …

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[20 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Hear It: PRS 30 Amplifier Video Demo | 1,956 views]
Hear It: PRS 30 Amplifier Video Demo

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A little while back, we heard the PRS Sweet 16 amplifier.  Time now to go up to its big brother, the PRS 30.
PRS say that the 30 gives you an ‘English sound with an American twist’.  Obviously enough, it’s a 30-watt valve amp.  It’s got four EL84 valves to provide the crunch and has a rather clever master volume that is progressively dialled out of circuit as the amp’s volume reaches its maximum setting.  The 30 is available in both head and combo versions – all made in the US …

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[19 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Hear It: Marshall Class 5 In Action | 4,103 views]
Hear It: Marshall Class 5 In Action

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We talked about the Marshall Class 5 amp on it’s release a while back and it’s safe to say we were looking forward to hearing how it sounded.
The Class 5 is a low-powered 5-watt amp in the style of the Bluesbreaker combos (albeit smaller).  ECC83s in the preamp and an EL84 handling power promised Marshall valve crunch.
Now you can hear how it sounds.
Joe Bonamassa demos the Class 5, both in a band context and by showing how it sounds at different settings.
So, what do you think?  Does it do it …

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[9 Nov 2009 | One Comment | 2,272 views]
Hear PRS’ Sweet 16 Amp

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We talked, a while back, about PRS’ new Sweet 16 amplifier.
Remember?  A 16-watt 6V6-based head with a master volume.  It seemed pretty tempting to say the least.  It looked great, the specs were great.  The only thing left was how it sounded.
Well, now you can find out.
Below is Mike Clark playing through the Sweet 16 and attached 1 x 12″ cab. For the pedants, he’s playing a 305 and McCarty.

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