Category Archives: New Amps and Accessories

What’s in the Box

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.

The Latest from Louisiana

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.

The new old amp from Epiphone

The Epiphone “1939” Century Amplifier is a modern 18 watt amp in a cabinet that looks like an old 30s amp or maybe an old radio.

Here’s Epiphone’s promo video…

I have to say I’m not completely blown away by the sounds in this video. I would have been more impressed if they had really tried to replicate the tones of an amp built in 1939. Of course they couldn’t build something completely faithful to the era due to most of the tubes not being available any more but I would have preferred something a little more vintage sounding.

New Amps From Jackson Ampworks

The Fullerton and the Bakersfield are both takes on Classic Fender amps.
The Fullerton add a bunch of controls to enable covering Blackface and Tweed sounds as well as a full 6G15 reverb circuit in the amp. The McFly is a take on a tweed amp and the Bakersfield is a take on the Twin reverb but tightened up a bit.
The Britain 30’s power scaling really sounds good for getting cranked tones at low volume.