DV Mark DVC Guitar Friend 12
Back in my day (if you didn’t just read that and didn’t roll your eyes then you have no idea what you’re in for) practice amps used to be a very specific animal. Most of them were 10 watts of scooped, squelchy, plywood abomination that you put up with just long enough to convince yourself it was time to upgrade to a more serious rig. Seems to me that kids these days have come to expect a little bit more from their first noisemaker. That’s where DV Mark’s charmingly named DVC Guitar Friend 12 comes in.
Sherlock Amps Rock Bender 15 DR
When a lot of us hear the name ‘Dale Sherlock’ we think of his brilliant Fat Head amplifer, a highly regarded interactive amplifer designed with pro players in mind - and featuring MIDI control and all sorts of ‘inbuilt mods.’ But Sherlock also has a knack for much more simple amplifers like the Angry Ant or the Buddy. The Rock Bender is offered as a 6V6-loaded alternative to the Buddy.
Vox AV Series Guitar Amplifiers
Being the self-congratulatory tone-tourist that I am, I must admit I approached the Vox AV range with a certain amount of trepidation. I’ve been burned before and so anytime I see the words ‘modeling amp’ in a description I become dubious, and I’d struggle to believe I was the only one to think this way. Having spent some time in front of the newest addition to the Vox oeuvre however, I must admit I am pleasantly surprised.
JET CITY AMPLIFICATION JCA 22H GUITAR AMPLIFIER
Amplifiers by Soldano Custom Amplification come with a hefty price tag, so designer Mike Soldano teamed up with Jet City Amplification to offer a series of amps that carry through the essence of his designs at a much lower price point than the sometimes shocking price tags found on amps like the legendary SLO-100. The JCA22H is basically the company’s renowned JCA20H amp but with a second, footswitch accessible overdrive channel along with a tube-buffered serial effects loop.
DV Mark Silver Gen 15W Tube Amplifier
The first thing I noticed about the Silver Gen 15 from Mark World’s DV range is just how light it is. On paper, you read things like ‘class A’ and all the usual amp maker buzz words and expect a little bit of grunt work getting it out of the car, but this is not the case here. The manual proudly boasts portability.
Strauss Superblues SSB-30 Combo
Rekindling thoughts of Aussie rock, big festival gigs and loud jangly guitars, Strauss have enjoyed a resurgence of sorts lately, thanks to a solid range of heads and combos. Whilst the monster column speaker type cabinets have disappeared, the Strauss name is still proudly emblazoned on their wares from 5-watt portable combos through to 50-watt heads.
Fuchs Blackjack 21 MKII Combo Amplifier
There is a long list of heralded guitar players around the world using Fuchs guitar amps and delivering results with them every day. But, as I well know, a lot of people here in our remote continent shrug their shoulders and look at you like you’ve just bit your tongue mid-sentence when you mention this esteemed amplifier brand. So, let me introduce you all to Fuchs guitar amplifiers and more specifically to the Blackjack 21 MKII combo. Don’t worry; I am sure you’re all going to get along, especially when you hear what this amp can do. You can read what I have to say, but you really must hear one of these amps to truly understand what they have to deliver.
Laney Tony Iommi Signature Amps
Anthony Frank Iommi is one of the most recognisable and influential guitarists of all time. Where would rock and metal guitar (or guitar in general) be without songs like ‘War Pigs’, ‘Iron Man’ or ‘Paranoid’? His mark on electric guitar is immeasurable and his Black Sabbath tones have typically been big and ballsy. A long time Laney user, you can understand the thinking behind the signature line of TI amps.