I’ve pretty much missed this but there is a whole new line of Magnatone amps and they already have a bunch of very well knows users such as Jeff Beck and ZZ Top. You can check out the Magnatone site here.
They also just launched another new amp called the Varsity Reverb. The Varsity is a 15 watt amp with EL84s.
It good to see a classic amp brand make a come back.
If you are in the Seattle area you might want to take a look at the most expensive amp ever. A rare (rarer) Dumble is going for $160k. Looks like it has a fresh set of Groove Tubes so that’s worth something.
I’m actually more of a Trainwreck person. Check out the article here.
I recently came across the JHS Little Black Amp Box.
It’s a little box that goes in an amp’s effects loop and promises cranked tube tone at lower volume. From what I can tell it’s just a box with a volume knob in it. So, basically, it would act as a master volume. If your amp already has a master volume it’s probably not needed but if you have an effects loop and no master volume this could be useful.
This is some original thinking! A candle powered vibrato/phase effect from Zachary Vex.
It’s a little pricy at around $6,000 but it’s also really cool!
I’ve always been an admirer of Komet amps. They sound fantastic and the innards are a work of art.
Since I’m just back from Mardi Gras I decide to share something else from Louisiana or more specifically Baton Rouge.
This is the Komet Areo 33. I really like the clean tones that start at about 4:50.
If you have any interest at all in old Fender Deluxe amps you need to check out this video. While there are similarities to the amps they also all have their own personalities. Fender made changes over the years to the amps, probably most notably to the phase inverter. If you don’t know what a phase inverter is don’t worry. You can still listen in and pick your favorite. It might not be the most popular 5E3 but then again, it might be…