The Boss Katana guitar amplifiers offer refined rock tones plus built-in Boss effects, perfect for gigs, recording, and practice. Named for the Japanese samurai sword, the amps deliver smooth, cutting rock tones. The lineup includes: the 50-watt Katana-50 and 100-watt Katana-100, each equipped with a custom 12-inch speaker; and 100-watt Katana-100/212 with two 12-inch speakers. The 100-watt Katana Head is designed for use with an external speaker cabinet, but includes a convenient integrated monitor speaker for tone preview and practice. Each amp has five selectable characters: clean, crunch, lead, brown, and acoustic.
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Todd Sharp Amplifiers
Hand-crafted in Nashville, Tennessee, Todd Sharp Amplifiers’ debut model is the JOAT (Jack of All Tone) 20-Watt Reverb/Tremolo and Model A 2×12-inch speaker cabinet. Each component in the amplifier was painstakingly process selected for optimum performance. This is the flagship model for the company founded in 2016 by guitarist Todd Sharp, a member of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), who has also owned and operated an amplifier repair shop for the past 20 years. It offers a unique approach to vacuum tube guitar amplification. There is no tone stack (conventional bass, mid, treble controls), nor the loss that comes with a convention tone stack. Instead, the JOAT circuit employs rotary selector switches: attitude, low cut, and high cut, along with a “bite” switch. Inputs one and two are designed intentionally to receive single coil or dual coil pickups. The reverb is unlike any other, producing super smooth sound more like a plate than spring reverb. Tremolo offers an ultra-stable, wide range of speed and intensity—from subtle to full stutter.
Vintage Sound Small Package
Audio equipment maker BAE Audio’s 1073 MPL preamplifier brings the expensive, vintage console sound into an incredibly small and affordable package. The 1073 MPL delivers the same class A sound that BAE preamplifiers are known for with harmonically rich lows, slightly resonant highs, and a defined, focused midrange. Each 1073 is hand assembled and wired.
Fender’s Acoustic Pro and Acoustic SFX amps offer unique capabilities for acoustic players in venues large and small. Aesthetically pleasing, the bent plywood construction combines high-grade materials and modern curvature. Built for larger venues, Acoustic Pro is a 200-watt amp that has two universal channels designed for guitars or microphones, each with its own quarter-inch XLR combo jack and hall reverb. It features an integrated handle, tilt-back stand, 12-inch neodymium woofer, high performance tweeter with crossover network, feedback-reducing phase switches, balanced line output, effects loop, and aux-in jack. Acoustic SFX is a great grab-and-go rig for small venues. It offers lightweight design, as well as onboard hall reverb, echo, delay, chorus, and Vibratone effects. One handy perk is an integrated handle that doubles as a convenient cradle for mobile playback devices that can be connected via the aux-in jack. Other features include feedback-reducing phase switches, line output, tow universal channels, and a footswitch jack for an optional two-button effect bypass footswitch.
Peavey Anniversary Amps
Peavey is celebrating its golden anniversary by offering two limited-edition commemorative amplifiers. The 50th anniversary 6505 Plus head is housed in a special gold chassis and features 120 watts; six 12AX7s; four 6L6s; footswitchable lead/rhythm channels; effects loop; three-band EQ; resonance and presence controls; and four, eight, or 16 ohms. The 50th anniversary 30 112 combo offers the same specifications as the revered classic tweed model, but in a striking black Tolex and gold chassis. Features include: genuine spring reverb with level control; pre- and post-gain controls on lead channel; external speaker capability; optional footswitches; 30 watts (rms)
into 16 or eight ohms; two-channel preamp; footswitchable channels, reverb, and boost; four EL84s, three 12AX7s; 12-inch Blue Marvel speaker; and effects loop. Models are being produced in limited quantities and will only be available until the end of the year.