Guitar amplification articles

  • How to avoid ground loops
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    How to avoid ground loops - Banish Ground Loop Hum

    01/06/13

    There are a few different reasons why a musician might wish to use multiple amplifiers as part of their rig.

  • Gain without pain: giving the guitar cabinets their own space
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    Gain without pain: giving the guitar cabinets their own… - Isolating your speaker cabinets for the best guitar sound

    11/21/12

    For recording guitarists, one benefit of a head-and-stack configuration over a combo is that you can separate the amplifier from the speaker cabinet and run a long cable between the two.

  • Orange Jim Root Terror #4 Review
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    Orange Jim Root Terror #4 Review - Orange and Black

    10/21/12

    It might seem incredible but, up to this day, Orange had never offered a signature amp. But now the Jim Root #4 has changed things for good! So it's time for us to put the focus on this small black animal.

  • Koch TwinTone III Review
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    Koch TwinTone III Review - Koch Is In The House!

    08/19/12

    There are brands of guitar amps we see quite often in stores but we rarely try out. Any reason is good enough to skip such amps: no time, fear of the unknown, or simply no interest in testing new things. But this time, there's no excuse! I head out to the Netherlands. Rumors say Koch presents a new combo that is worth our attention. I take my hat,…

  • EVH 5150III Review
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    EVH 5150III Review - Eddy Van Houten?

    08/05/12

    When Fender launched a new amplifier featuring a new "EVH" logo and the traditional "F" next to the 5150 III logo, questions were certain to rise. Rumors said this new monster is made for metal. There are too many secrets surrounding this new amp — it's time for me to jump into my van and find out the truth.

  • How to Listen to and Care for Your Amp When It’s Sick
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    How to Listen to and Care for Your Amp When It’s Sick - Diagnosing and Fixing a Tube Amp

    07/24/12

    Guitar amps are, no matter how you cut it, black boxes. You may think you have control over them, but when it gets down to it, you can’t really see inside the black box, and even if you could, there aren’t any moving parts. Electricity is largely non-mechanical. Or in other words, magic. And when the magic stops, most people think all they can do …

  • Fender Super Champ X2 Review
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    Fender Super Champ X2 Review - The War of the Worlds

    07/01/12

    In the world of guitar amps, war is raging. The transistor forces from the digital world are fighting the tubes army. Turning itself into a peace dove, Fender tries to put an end to this war by introducing a hybrid concept: the Super Champ X2. This new amp made in Mexico combines digital technology with tubes has finally seen the light of day. It'…

  • Orange OR50H Review
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    Orange OR50H Review - Back To The Future!

    06/17/12

    The OR50H is not a new product. It belongs to the "Pics Only" series launched in 1972. It's a legend in amplification history and its "so British" sound had a great impact in the destiny of the manufacturer. Now Orange has decided to reissue a limited version of the amp for its 40's birthday. The idea was a great success and Orange decided to add …

  • Fender Machete Review
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    Fender Machete Review - There Will Be Blood!

    06/10/12

    The Fender Machete represents a new direction for the manufacturer. It's not like they want to start to making cutlery but rather they want to enter the heavy distortion world. This strategical decision caused many reactions in the guitar world. So, with mixed feelings I leave the sandy roads and whiskey smell of Mississippi to enter the country o…

  • Mesa Boogie Mini Rectifier Review
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    Mesa Boogie Mini Rectifier Review - Small Amp Delivers To The Max!

    06/03/12

    We are living in an era of miniaturization, and guitar amp manufacturers aren't an exception. Many of them already offer compact amps and now Mesa Boogie presents its second small sized (and with reduced output power) amp head. Let's see if the Californian brand still sounds as proud!