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.
Bogner Goldfinger 45 Combo
Reinhold Bogner has long been at the forefront of ‘boutique’ amplifiers, designing and building a range of models from their California base. Players of all styles and abilities have taken the plunge and been super impressed with the flexibility and downright killer tones for everything from country to metal.
DV Mark Micro 50 Amplifier Head
The first thing I thought when taking this unit out of its box is that it looks like a compact bass head. Funny that, the concept that a company could go and steal its own ideas and deliver them in a whole new light. Well, that is exactly what DV Mark has down very successfully with the DV Micro 50, taking their trendsetting compact bass head design and bringing that to a guitar amp. Seriously, this was staring us all in the face for some time, yet the Italians beat off all the imitators to deliver their very own imitation of their very own product for a very different player.
Laney GHR Series Amps
Sporting a hip red and black, look the new GHR line of amps from Laney are the result of their research into what they call ‘Red and Black’ tone elements – ‘Red’ for tube preamp distortion and ‘Black’ for output distortion. The key is then the balance between these two to find the sweet spot for each individual player’s tone.
AMP1 is a new take on the guitar amplifier, crammed into what is seemingly an effects pedal on the surface, but is so much more inside. The AMP 1 is the brainchild of German guitarist and amp designer Thomas Blug who is renowned for his past work with another well-known German guitar amplifier manufacturer in Hughes and Kettner. Now, he has built an amp that delivers the sounds he wants in a portable design that will change the way on which you think about guitar amp heads.
Marshall Code Series Amplifiers
We all know Marshall amplifiers. We have seen the huge stacks on concert stages time and time again and for a very good reason. British amplifier manufacturing owes a lot to Marshall and the legendary models they have produced over the years. As does just about every other company that has brought out modelling amplifiers. Just about everyone has in some way or another, be it indirect or a not so subtle copy, drawn from the sounds of many great Marshall amps from over the years. So why then, in a marketplace where everyone got on the amp modelling bandwagon years ago has Marshall held back and not gone wild? Is it because they had the sounds people wanted to model to begin with, or was it because they simply saw no value in the concept? That’s not for me to speculate, but what I can tell you is that now, after all these years, Marshall have finally gone into the amp modelling deep end, but they have gone about it in a very unique way. This is not just another ‘me too’ product, this is Marshall Code.
Matchless unveiled the SC Mini amp at NAMM in 2015 in prototype form, and after a little bit of tweaking, the design is now locked down and these amps are now making their way out into the big wide world. There are plenty of low-watt valve combos out there so let’s look at what sets this one apart.