Guitar Player was the exclusive media sponsor for the Nashville Amp Expo, which took place August 21st and 22nd 2010 at the Hyatt Place Hotel. Here's a quick peek at a few of the products on display. Stay tuned for additional coverage.
In the Peavey room, there was plenty to take in—from older Peavey Custom Shop amps and Budda combo units to the newest member of the family—a Trace Elliot acoustic amplifier, part of a range of revamped acoustic amps hitting stores now. The TA-100, TA-200, and TA-300 models each have two channels, an effects section, six-band graphic EQ and Master control. The TA-400 boasts three channels, two effects sections, an eight-band EQ and Master control. The TA-200 at the show was equipped with four, 5-inch custom Celestion speakers and sat atop is sharp Trace Elliot gig bag, which is included.
Egnater brought its new compact Tweaker all-tube amp as well as its popular Rebel range to the Nashville Amp Expo. The Tweaker, which began shipping in the Spring, is a 15-watt dynamo running a pair of 6V6 power tubes and a trio of 12AX7 pre-amp tubes. The amp is a gig-hound’s dream combining affordability, light weight and a series of switches that can toggle the amp between vintage and modern voicing, hot and clean gain structure, tight and bright voicing, AC, US and UK tone controls and more. Egnater has received earlier feedback from players asking for more power and a foot-switchable gain control. This has lead to whispers that the company will be adding to the Tweaker family with a rumored two new models in the works and planned for formal unveiling at the Winter NAMM show next January.
Fuchs Audio Technology showcased both its amp and pedal lines. The latest to join the amp line is the Mantis—a two-channel high gain beast that comes as either a 50-watt or 100-watt head. Channel One on the Mantis gives you an American-flavored, blues with attitude vibe, while Channel Two offers a scooped mid-range, heavy metal voicing. Both channels have Gain and Master Volume controls along with a three-band EQ. On the pedal front, Fuchs continues to roll out its Plush Pedals Replay delay range with three units currently available - the Replay True High Voltage Tube Delay, The REP-3 Tube Voiced Delay and the Replay Jr. A fourth unit is expected to join the family prior to year-end. —Blake Wright