New Amps at Winter NAMM 2018
The new Hot Rod DeVille 212 IV, has been updated with a modified preamp, also smoother-sounding spring reverb and updated aesthetics. This amp is a standard for gigging guitarists worldwide. It clocks in at 60-watts and includes a pair of 12 inch Celestion A-Type speakers, which provide powerful, well-balanced output with smooth highs, laid-back midrange and full, round lows. The modified preamp circuitry improves overdriven note definition. The onboard spring reverb has been modified to add smoothness. The updated aesthetics include a lightweight pine cabinet, improved control panel texture and graphics, ivory pointer knobs, steel- reinforced strap handle and lightly-aged silver grille cloth.
This Hot Rod Deluxe IV features modified preamp circuitry, smoother-sounding spring reverb and updated aesthetics. This killer 40-watt 1×12″ combo is ideal for guitarists who need hot- rodded power. The Hot Rod Deluxe IV includes a 12″ Celestion A-Type speaker for well-balanced output with smooth highs, laid-back midrange and full, round lows. The Hot Rod Deluxe IV is a one twelve lower watt version of the Hot Rod DeVille 212 IV and sports the same upgrades.
The 15- watt Pro Junior IV adds a modified volume circuit and a classic tweed appearance to this workhorse amplifier. This amp is ideal for performing guitarists who need great tone and remarkably touch-sensitive dynamic response. The Pro Junior IV includes a 10” Jensen P10R speaker for tight, well-balanced output, with plenty of high-end sparkle. The modified volume circuit breaks up more gradually, and offers tighter bass. The stage-ready style features a lacquered tweed covering, vintage-style ‘50s grille cloth, chrome control panel with red jewel light and a leather handle, giving it the unmistakable look and vibe of a classic Fender amp. Reliable, flexible and pedal-friendly.
The Blues Junior IV adds modified preamp circuitry, smoother-sounding spring reverb and improved aesthetics. At 15-watts, this amp is ideal for guitarists who need warm tone and versatile features. The Blues Junior IV includes a 12″ Celestion A- Type speaker for well-balanced output with smooth highs, laid back mid-range and full, round lows. The modified preamp circuitry has increased fullness, with greater definition and clarity. The onboard spring reverb has been modified to add smoothness. The updated aesthetics include improved control panel texture and graphics, ivory pointer knobs, steel-reinforced strap handle and lightly-aged silver grille cloth.
The Blackstar HT Venue MkII series
This series represents an upgrade across the whole range. New functionality on the Mark II versions includes recording outputs and power reduction.
The new range has five models: the HT Club 40 MkII, HT Stage 60 112 MkII, HT Stage 60 212 MkII, HT Club 50 MkII head and HT Stage 100 MkII head.
The MKII models are conveniently lighter because they are smaller than their predecessors. The EQ section has been given a few extras, including bass and treble controls for the Clean channel and a voice switch for both channels that allows you to select the characteristics of the voicing. Because the Gain channels have been designed to be musical, as a result they are more responsive to the player’s dynamics.
The models now include USB and XLR recording outputs, which should make them far more flexible in the studio. You can now hook them up to your DAW. The onboard reverb has been upgraded to a “studio quality” algorithm. All the modes are now switchable via a footswitch, including a new boost function. Also, there is a power reduction circuit which reduces the power down to 10 percent of the amp’s regular wattage.
Blackstar Unity Pro
This is Blackstar’s entry into bass amplification. The new Unity Pro Series has models from 30-watts to 500-watts. They all feature Blackstar’s Response control allowing players to choose between three different power amp stages all with their own sound and feel. These bass amps have a shaping compression feature. The Unity Pro Series also have a natural drive in addition to a dynamics section including three preamp voices. In addition there is a 4-band semi-parametric EQ. The various models have either balanced XLR, jack or USB outs for recording as well.
Unity 250 ACT
The Unity 250 ACT is a powered cabinet which adds 250 watts to any of the models in this new lineup.
The Vox MVX150
The new Vox MVX150 range is based on the Nutube technology. Because the Nutube technology is a real tube, as a result it gives us that tube sound, feel and headroom. The Nutube consumes only 2 percent of the power of a regular 12AX7 tube design and in addition it lasts for thirty thousand hours.
Models include the MVX150C1 combo, the BC112-150 speaker cab loaded with Celestion Redback UK-made speakers and the MVX150 amp head.
Both models in the line are powered by two Nutubes, essentially one in the preamp and a seperate Nutube in the amp’s power section. The twin-channels also provide up to 150 Watts of power. Its range runs from clean sounds through to modern high-gain tones. These new models will be versatile amps for gigging guitarists.
The MVX150 is sporting two channels, with independent EQ sections, also different tone settings. In addition to the EQ, the MVX150 can drop it’s output down to 75-watt , 30-watt, 5-watt and 1-watt and even mute it completely if need be.
Vox MV50 High Gain and MV50 Boutique
VOX is releasing two new amp heads to their existing Nutube range with the MV50 High Gain and MV50 Boutique mini heads. These heads are legitimate in spite of their small size. This is an addition to the existing MV50 Clean, MV50 AC, and AV50 Rock.
The new High Gain head is similar tones to the Mesa High Gain. The MV50 Boutique is emulating a Dumble sound. The MV50 line of amps are 50 Watts each and have a basic EQ section to tweak, a VU meter.
Marshall DSL100HR, Marshall DSL40CR, Marshall DSL20HR, Marshall DSL5CR, Marshall DSL1HR and the Marshall DSL1CR
These new amps feature an enhanced EQ response, Softube direct-out speaker emulation, a wider range of wattage choices, and switchable volume levels.
The brand-new DSL offers power adjustments. This new adjustable power output provides great valve tone at any volume. The DSL amplifiers achieve this by reshaping the power to the valves.
With the Softtube technology, you can send a high-quality direct signal to your recording device, headphones, or front-of-house mixing desk.
The lower watt amps.
The new Marshall DSL5CR combo bridges the gap between practice amp and small-gigging setup. Its 5-watt output lets you crank it for real valve saturation at sensible volume levels which will be loud enough to carry over a drummer.
The new Marshall DSL1HR head and Marshall DSL1CR combo are tiny 1-watt amplifiers with real valve tone. Their small size and low volume lets you create overdriven tones.
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