EVER SINCE THE ADVENT OF SUCH ICONIC GUITAR AMPS
as the Fender Bassman and Vox AC30, guitar players have generally
accepted that 30 to 50 watts of power is enough to get the job
done in most situations. That said, most experienced players don’t
think much about wattage ratings and will usually peek in the back
of an amp in question to see what’s powering it. If a pair of 6L6
or EL34 output tubes or a quartet of 6V6s or EL84s are spotted,
they’ll probably plug in and start evaluating the sound with more
attention paid to what the tubes are contributing to the tone rather
than how much power they’re pumping to the speakers. The point
is that as long as an amp has enough headroom and punch to be
heard clearly when combined with other instruments, wattage
rarely comes up as a bragging point when comparing amps.
This month we’re evaluating four heads and two combos (one
of which was reviewed by Dave Hunter) that, for lack of a better
term, fall into the “medium power” category. Powered by
6L6, EL34, or 6V6 output tubes, and with power ratings from
35 watts to 65 watts, they hit the market aiming to seduce buyers
who want an amp that can cut it in a variety of situations—from
recording studios to large stages, with lots of “club” stops in
between. These amps all generate enough volume to work in
places where miking the speakers isn’t an option, so what really
matters is what features they offer and how well they sound in
clean and distorted configurations.
To find out how they stack up, we tested this group with an
assortment of guitars that included PRS SC245 and 305 models,
a vintage Fender Strat and Esquire, a Gibson ES-335 and Historic
’59 Les Paul, and a reissue Epiphone Wilshire.
Watch John Myung of Dream Theater on Ernie Ball: String Theory (VIDEO)
Allman Brothers Band To Release 8-CD Set "The Fox Box" with Oteil Burbridge
TWA Releases the DM-02 Dynamorph Envelope-Controlled Harmonic Generator
This Week in Free Stuff: Music Maker DAW & Field Recordings
Video: Mixvibes RemixLive 3.0 Brings Finger Drumming to Android
Drag-and-Drop Sound Effects from the Cloud to Your Projects with Soundly
The Art of Synth Soloing: Joe Zawinul
DISCOVERY – Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
How To: Chaos Rules
Prisma Accardo: A Boutique Beauty Built from Hard Rock Maple Skate Decks
Watch Chuck Berry Rock the Grammys with Stevie Ray Vaughan and George Thorogood
Line 6 Introduces Echo Farm 3.0 64-Bit AAX Native Plug-In
Body Count Premiere New Song and Music Video, "Black Hoodie"
Papa Roach Announce New Album Details for 'Crooked Teeth'
Exclusive: Interview with Northlane Guitarist Josh Smith on Surprise Album Release, 'Mesmer'
Andy Summers Discusses His New Album, ‘Triboluminescence’
Night Ranger’s Jack Blades and Brad Gillis Talk New Album, 'Don't Let Up'
Reggie Young: Legendary Memphis Session Guitarist to Release Debut Solo Album
Copyright ©2017 by NewBay Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. 28 East 28th Street, 12th floor, New York, NY 10016 T (212) 378-0400 F (212) 378-0470