Reviewed: Prodipe Natural 5 & 6 Acoustic Instrument Amplifiers
Under general circumstance, amplifying acoustic instruments can prove to be quite troublesome: either you’re plugging straight into the PA and being forced to deal with the icky sound of your dry signal, or you’re combating whirring feedback and tempestuous white noise from your usual amplifier. Although a range of brands have made amplifiers dedicated solely to acoustic instruments, very few possess any notable character or mojo, and for that matter, tend to fall into the gear-hole abyss.
Reviewed: Fender Tone Master Amplifiers
Fender’s latest Tone Master series is a love letter to some of their most treasured amplifiers from their extensive catalogue. While Fender have experimented with digital modelling in the past, none have come close to rivalling both the sound and response of an all-tube amplifier. That is, of course, up till now.
Reviewed: Yamaha THR-II Amplifier Series
Yamaha’s THR series of amps blew the world of practice amps away when they first line of THR amps, featuring the THR10 and THR5, followed closely by the THR10C, THR10X and THR5A, providing tones for clean, metal and acoustic players respectively. While a very complete range in itself, Yamaha have now presented the THR-II, an updated line of amplifiers for designed for 2019 and the future.
Reviewed: IK Multimedia iRig Micro Amp
Mobile interfaces and micro amplifiers have been making bedroom music quieter, smaller and easier in the last five years. IK Multimedia realised they could collapse the two into one back in 2016 with the iRig Nano Amp. As a seriously affordable and insanely compact home recording solution, it was nothing short of revolutionary. This year the brand has returned with the iRig Micro Amp, a beefier and feature-rich new option to ward off the competition.
Reviewed: Vox VX50GTV Amplifier
Vox Amplifiers are clean amp royalty. The Vox AC30 is hailed, imitated, profiled, gigged and loved endlessly, which is why the Vox VX50GTV is such an interesting product. The VX50GTV is a 50 watt amp modeller with built-in effects, tuner and 8” speaker. It sits in its own spot in the market between all-out profiling amps and multi-FX pedals, but is by no means an entry-level product.
Reviewed: Marshall Studio Series Amps
Marshall are responsible for some of the most iconic amps in guitar history. JTM, JCM, Jubilee, Plexi -- the list goes on. For most people, Marshall are associated with louder, bigger gigging amps that can really move some air. Yes, there are some great nuances in the aforementioned amps, but typically they match the stereotype . Aiming to put some of their classic tones into smaller formats the Studio Series sees the introduction of 20 watt models that can be used for home, recording and gigs.
Reviewed: Ashdown Woodsman Parlour Acoustic Amplifier
Amplification options for the singer-songwriter, duo or small band lineups have often been few and far between in the lower price bracket. Typically, you are stuck with a dedicated PA and mixer with an expensive acoustic guitar amp (or heaven forbid, an acoustic into an electric guitar amp). As a dedicated acoustic guitar amp with a mic input, Ashwood's Woodsman Parlour looks to give the blues, folk and country crowd a compact combo for jamming, rehearsing and even small gigs.