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…
I was recently doing some recording with my stratocaster and was not getting good results. I was tweaking an amplifier at this time but after trying another guitar I found that my strat was just not sounding good.
I also have a Les Paul which is a VERY loud guitar. When playing the strat and Les Paul back to back I found the strat was almost louder than the Les Paul but not sounding very good. The strat is actually a guitar I put together from parts but they were all good stuff. It has a mahogany body and maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard.
The volume comparison with the Les Paul is what pointed me in the correct direction to improve the start’s tone. I had the pickups too high. You can get a good amount of output with the pickups close to the stings but the tone suffers. It sounded muddy and cheap. Pickup height is also hard to judge because all pickups are different. You can’t just look at the distance on another guitar and copy it. It really comes down to experimenting and using your ear.
I really like the sound of this one. Really nice a sweet tones emanating here.
I just saw this review of a Matchless Nighthawk Reverb. I’m usually a fan of Matchless but I thought this one sounded a but muddy at times and the tone didn’t really grab me.
Here it is…
These seem maybe a little pricey but they have classic Supro looks and sound. I think they’re very cool. Check these out….
Here’a review of the EVH 5150 III 1×12 Combo Guitar Amp. It does sound really good to me. Nice OD with definition. VH sounds are there for sure. Check it out.
This low-wattage, Fender-inspired combo is an absolute jewel.
Source:: Premier Guitar
I’ve recently become interested in guitar amps that use a pentode input stage. Compared to a triode, such as a 12AX7, a pentode usually will have much more gain but the drawback is they can be noisy.
What I’v noticed is the pentodes seem to lend themselves to playing full guitar chords. Where an overdriven 12AX7 seem to work well with 5ths, a pentode handles more complex chords better to my ear. I believe it has to do with the even order harmonics that pentodes produce so well.
Here is a demo of an AC15 that has a nice comparison of the EF86 pentode channel and the top boost channel that uses more traditional 12AX7s.
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.
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.