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[16 Jul 2011 | Comments Off on Keep It Simple: Buddy Guy’s Rig | 7,089 views]
Keep It Simple: Buddy Guy’s Rig

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OK. I’m as geeky as the next guitar nerd and, like you all, I love looking at videos of guitarists’ rigs. I love seeing their seventy stage guitars and their two full height racks full of esoteric effects with flashing LEDs and their wall of stacks and that special plectrum they use that’s made from a shark’s tooth. I love that crap.
Still though, I can’t help feeling that this look at Buddy Guy’s rig is a breath of fresh air. Deep down, I’m a traditionalist and, no matter how much …

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[6 Jul 2011 | Comments Off on How To: Fender Blues Deluxe Volume Mod | 37,995 views]
How To: Fender Blues Deluxe Volume Mod

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This is my Fender Blues Deluxe amp.
It’s a beauty. I’ve had it for years and I love it. It’s full of Fender. Really, there’s so much Fender in here that it bursts out in sparkly loveliness whenever I plug in a Strat.
In fact, there’s too much Fender in here.
It’s too damn loud. It might be fine if I were placed it at one end of a football stadium and ran a really long lead to the other end but in my house it rattles the windows as soon as the …

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[4 Jun 2010 | Comments Off on Slash Plays The AFD100 | 3,280 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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[4 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Orange Rockerverb II Launched | 2,101 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 | 9,437 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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[18 Jan 2010 | One Comment | 3,386 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 | 1,721 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 | 1,958 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 | 4,109 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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[12 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Fit Marshall Stacks Together And Win Stuff | 2,025 views]
Fit Marshall Stacks Together And Win Stuff

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Stack Attack.  That’s what Marshall and Guitar World are calling their online game.
You might recognise the concept – differently sized and shaped things (Marshall heads, cabs and stacks) descend the screen and have to be moved and rotated in order to fit them in at the bottom with no gaps.
Yeah, it’s a Tetrisy thing.  “What’s the point?”, you ask.
The point, my dear fellow, is that the top scorers win Marshall kit.
Top scorer overall will win a JVM205H – that’s a 50-watt amp head with six channels.  Six frickin’ channels.
Second highest …

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