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ORANGE TREMLORD 30 AND PEDAL BABY 100

Posted in Amplifiers, Gear    //    Post Date - April 5, 2019

Orange Amplification’s latest new products, the TremLord 30 and Pedal Baby 100 are receiving rave reviews worldwide and are already proving to be a hit with artists. The TremLord 30, Orange’s most vintage guitar amp ever, is a 30w 1×12 all valve guitar combo with built-in valve driven tremolo and…

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NAMM Show 2019: PHIL JONES BASS INTERVIEW & BIG HEAD PRO CHAT

Posted in Amplifiers, Bass, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - February 19, 2019

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips chats with Phil Jones about the new PJB Big Head Pro Headphone Amp and a general discussion on Phil’s philosophy on sound.

Phil Jones Bass products distributed in Australia by http://egm.net.au/

PJB has introduced a high performance multi-function headphone amplifier/digital audio interface: the BIGHEAD PRO (Model HA-2). The HA-2 is the second model in the Bighead series and is a step up model of the popular HA-1 Bighead with added technology and features. The HA-2 is a high resolution USB audio interface that supports PCM playback with up to 384 KHz sample rate/24 bit resolution. On DSD playback, sample rates of 2.822MHzand 5.644 MHz are supported, making it the ideal choice for musicians and engineers that desire high performance and the purest sound quality.

It is a rechargeable lithium ion dynamo that is ideal for use in practice or recording situations. It also functions as a headphone booster amp as well as a preamp to drive powered amplifiers. The HA-2 has both passive and active instrument inputs with a 2 band EQ that is ideal for guitar and bass, yet versatile enough for use with other instruments.

Other features include Master Volume, Input Gain, Treble/Bass for instrument input signal, Headphone jack, Line out, Input, AUX input, Micro USB for battery charge and digital interface, Frequency response of 10Hz-40KHz. The dimensions are (WxDxH) 3” x 5.9” x 0.9” and it weighs 0.6 lbs. A soft bag, micro USB cable and 3.5 jack stereo signal cable are included.

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NAMM SHOW 2019: AMPEG SVT 50TH ANNIVERSARY AMP

Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - February 17, 2019

We check out the Ampeg SVT 5oth Anniversary amp at Winter NAMM 2019.

During the 2019 Winter NAMM Show, Ampeg introduced the special edition Heritage™ SVT® 50th anniversary model to commemorate the 50th year of the SVT setting the standard for professional bass amplification. The original Ampeg SVT (“Super Vacuum Tube”) 300-watt amplifier head had its professional debut on the Rolling Stones’ iconic 1969 U.S. tour, with eight SVT heads across the stage to power all of the guitar and bass instruments.

“The Ampeg SVT bass amp has had a profound impact on the history of rock and roll for the last 50 years, defining the sound of the bass guitar on countless recordings and tours,” said Marcus Ryle, President of Yamaha Guitar Group, Inc., the US-based parent company of Yamaha Guitars, Line 6, and Ampeg. “It seems very fitting that we can honor that legacy with a 50th anniversary model that embodies the best of SVT tone.”
Through the years the Ampeg SVT bass amp has evolved through several iterations and modifications, with each leaving a distinctive mark on music history. “In making the 50th anniversary model, we evaluated the historic designs and tones of the SVT in order to isolate the best sound we could offer,” said Dino Monoxelos, Ampeg’s Product Marketing Manager. “The choice was so hard to make, we decided to put two distinct Ampeg SVT designs into one product to create the ultimate SVT.”

The SVT 50th anniversary model’s first channel features the authentic sound of the original 1969 model that launched the series. Channel two is voiced from a hand-selected mid ‘70s SVT model that represented the ideal of the “golden-era” evolution of SVT. Both channels are still complimented with the massive SVT 300-watt tube power section, which is unrivaled to this day. While delivering authentic vintage sounds, each unit is hand assembled in the USA and utilizes modern quality components and production techniques to ensure dependable operation gig after gig.
For this special anniversary edition, careful attention has also been paid to cosmetic details such as a laser-etched panel and top-quality cabinet hardware. The combination of “best of the best” channel selection, classic SVT tone and power, modern USA assembly, and attention-to-detail cosmetics makes the Ampeg 50th Anniversary heritage SVT a bass amp worthy of any stage.

Ampeg distributed in Australia by https://au.yamaha.com/index.html

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FENDER UNVEILS CHRIS STAPLETON SIGNATURE AMP

Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - February 14, 2019

62 Princeton – Chris Stapleton Edition

Fender unveiled its first signature artist amp collaboration with Grammy award winning musician Chris Stapleton: the all-new Fender ‘62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition amplifier. This is the first artist signature amp ever released by Fender for a country artist. Stapleton remains one of Country music’s favorite artists receiving multiple nominations and awards from the Grammys, CMA Awards, Billboard Music Awards and more. The natural collaboration came together from Stapleton’s love for Fender amps and the ‘62 Princeton amp in particular. Fender set out to recreate and revamp Stapleton’s favourite amplifier not just cosmetically, but also internally and sonically, all kept to the specs of his original find.

Chris’s take on the iconic Fender Princeton amp features a retro aesthetic with rough textured brown vinyl covering and an engraved brass plate with Chris Stapleton’s signature. You can check out Chris Stapleton explaining the story behind the collaboration and his love for the ‘‘62 Princeton amp in the video below. The amp also features a retro-styled Filson™ Rugged Twill fabric cover. Rugged Twill is preferred for its durability and dependability in the field.

As part of the collaboration, Stapleton personally requested all artist royalties be donated to his charity, “Outlaw State of Kind.” OSOK is Chris and Morgane Stapleton’s charitable fund that supports a variety of causes that are close to their heart. The Outlaw State of Kind Fund was founded in 2016 and is administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

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NAMM 2019: NU-X Mighty BT Modeling amp and Bumblebee Pedalboard

Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - February 5, 2019

Monk Li from NU-X shows us the new Mighty 20 BT/40BT Modeling Amp and also the Bumblebee Pedalboard from their booth at NAMM Show 2019.

NU-X distributed in Australia by https://www.promusicaustralia.com.au/

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NAMM 2019: BOSS WAZA TUBE AMP EXPANDER

Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - January 25, 2019

Aaron from Boss shows us the new Waza Tube Amp Expander at the Boss booth, NAMM Show 2019.Crank your amp to its sweet spot and play at any volume while faithfully retaining the core tone and feel you love. This amazing device does it all – it’s a variable reactive load box, active analog power stage, mic’d cab simulator, IR loader, and recording interface, all in one integrated unit that’s road-ready and easy to use.

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NAMM NEWS 2019: ROLAND & BOSS GUITAR PRODUCT RELEASES

Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - January 23, 2019

WAZA TUBE AMP EXPANDER
First-of-its-Kind Tube Amp Command Center
Bringing together a diverse range of professional tone tools for the very first time, the Waza Tube Amp Expander elevates the tube amp experience to a new level of versatility for stage performing and studio recording. This amazing device does it all—it’s a variable reactive load box, active analog power stage, mic’d cab emulator, IR loader, and recording interface, all in one integrated unit that’s road-ready and easy to use.
Backed by our advanced Tube Logic approach, you’re able to crank your amp to its sweet spot and play at any volume while faithfully retaining the core tone and feel you love. And with extensive connectivity, built-in BOSS effects, 10 fully customizable rig setups, and deep real-time control, you have unparalleled creative command for any scenario. Packed to the max with breakthrough BOSS innovations, the Waza Tube Amp Expander is an essential companion for every tube amp player.

BOSS GT-1000 VERSION 2 FIRMWARE
Free Update Adds More AIRD Preamps, Overdrive and Distortion Effects,
and New Master Delay Types

Delivering unmatched sound quality and musical expression, the GT-1000 ushers in a new era of performance in amp/effects processors. This premium tone machine debuts the groundbreaking new AIRD (Augmented Impulse Response Dynamics) technology, realized with decades of advanced BOSS research and supported by an ultra-fast DSP engine, 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit floating-point processing, and 96 kHz sampling rate throughout.
Based on BOSS’s acclaimed Tube Logic approach, the comprehensive AIRD system in the GT-1000 brings unparalleled musical response and flexibility to a digital guitar processor. AIRD amplifiers live and breathe like real tube amps, providing inspiring feel and authentic tonal dynamics that were previously unattainable. And with sophisticated AIRD Output Select functionality, you’re able to consistently achieve this amazing sound with any setup, from standard guitar amps to full-range playback systems.
The GT-1000 also features a huge range of cutting-edge BOSS effects to enhance your tones, with numerous routing options and extensive real-time control at your command. And with the convenience of built-in Bluetooth®, you can adjust sounds, configure control assignments, and organize patches wirelessly from your mobile device using the BOSS Tone Studio app. Packing immense creative power in a streamlined pro design, the GT-1000 is a game changer that brings new levels of musical expression to guitarists everywhere.

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NEW ROLAND BLUES CUBE SPARKLE CLEAN TONE CAPSULE
Transparent Clean Tones, Tuned by Jeff “Skunk” Baxter
The Blues Cube Sparkle Clean Tone Capsule brings yet another premium voice to your Blues Cube amplifier. Designed in collaboration with renowned guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, this expressive Tone Capsule delivers a versatile range of clean tones with punch, presence, and clarity. Our ever-evolving Tube Logic approach fully captures the sonic nuances and dynamic feel of the KT66, a vintage output tube noted for its big, full sound and high headroom. The Sparkle Clean Tone Capsule is ideal for any guitarist who shapes their sound with pedals, and is also great for country and jazz players, pedal steel guitarists, and anyone who loves to play with rich clean tones.

SSP $299

“Blues Cube amplifiers are revolutionary and the Tone Capsule concept is brilliant. I’ve been working with Roland for over 40 years, and they’ve unlocked the secret to creating a guitar amplifier with superb features, extraordinary capabilities, and unmatched tone. Instead of spending hours modifying and tailoring the electronics to get the sound, features, and performance I need, all I have to do is plug in my Tone Capsule and the amp is instantly customized exactly the way I want it. I have been waiting for a guitar amplifier like this for a long, long time.”—Jeff “Skunk” Baxter

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BOSS CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR GUITARISTS

Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - December 4, 2018

It’s the time of year to turn things up to eleven. BOSS has everything you need to make some festive noise, with the Katana range of amplfiers, Loop Station pedals and a range of accessories to show your favourite guitar some love.

KATANA-MINI PORTABLE GUITAR AMP
The Katana-Mini makes serious Katana tone accessible in a small, go-anywhere amp that runs on batteries. Ultra-compact and travel-ready, the Katana-Mini delivers inspiring Katana tone anywhere you want to play.

KATANA-AIR WIRELESS AMP
The Katana-Air gives you the freedom to jam and practice without hassling with guitar cables. And with support for battery operation, there’s no need to plug into AC either, so you can play anywhere!

RC-1 LOOP STATION PEDAL
Experience the fun of looping when you record, playback, overdub, and undo or redo loops using this compact BOSS stompbox.

RC-3 LOOP STATION PEDAL
The RC-3 is powerfully equipped yet conveniently housed in a compact pedal. Enjoy up to three hours of stereo recording time, storage for 99 loops, a “real drums” rhythm guide, and USB 2.0 compatibility all in a small BOSS stompbox.

RC-30 DUAL LOOP STATION PEDAL
The RC-30 is a twin pedal multitrack looper with two synchronized stereo tracks and built-in loop effects. Record for up to three hours direct to internal memory, adding effects as you go.

https://www.boss.info/au/

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NAMM 2018: BOSS KATANA-AIR WIRELESS GUITAR AMP

Posted in Amplifiers, Gear    //    Post Date - February 4, 2018

Meet the Katana-Air, the world’s first totally wireless guitar amplifier. Featuring new cutting-edge wireless guitar technology developed by BOSS, the Katana-Air gives you the freedom to jam and practice without hassling with guitar cables. And with support for battery operation, there’s no need to plug into AC either, so you…

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YAMAHA, LINE 6 & VOX MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Amplifiers, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - August 31, 2017

Yamaha Music had a commanding presence at this year’s Melbourne Guitar Show with 3 separate displays featuring Yamaha guitar and amp product, Line 6 gear and Vox amplification. They also generated big crowds for their endorsee sessions featuring Diesel, Stevic Mackay (Twelve Foot Ninja) and Opal Ocean. Yamaha Music has…

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