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.
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