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wattage ( 1 to 20 watts) and blend of tubes,
not to mention your own 3-band EQ and
tight/bright settings. See our first-on-the-block review on page 183 for more information. Guitar Center is selling the head for
$600 and the cabs for $250
features natural knots, rips and crevices that
truly make each amp unique. Red Iron Amp
maker Paul Sanchez joked with players that
you can even see worm trails in the wood
and that the worms were specifically chosen
for their ability to enhance tone.
Also of note was Bruce’s new Renegade 50
amp, which made its debut at the show.
It features a 50-watt, 2 channel setup with
blendable 6L6s/EL34s, separate EQs and
all the Egnater touches you should be used
to by now. Look for this amp to make a big
splash at NAMM early next year.
Red Iron Amps
Red Iron Amps have one of the coolest,
freshest looks we’ve seen in a long time.
Made from mesquite, a squatty little tree
commonly found in Texas and mostly known
for its ability to smoke ribs, you’d think
they had sent a guy out into the middle
of nowhere to bring back the oldest, most
distressed chunks of wood they could find.
The wood has a burnt orange look to it and
With that kind of a setup, you know that
the amp is destined for burnin’ in one way
or another, and we’re happy to report that
people did so with their axes and not their
matches. These amps are unlike anything
you’ve heard before—the highs were fat,
the upper-mids had girth and the lows had
a crisp richness to them. We found ourselves looking at each other in disbelief as
each demo punched us square in the chest.
The Bogner room stayed pretty busy as
people stood in line to fire up the Alchemist
amp. The huge sounding amp is an affordable import that Reinhold Bogner tricked
out with built-in reverb and delay. (See
page 41 for a sneek peek of the amp).
Other notable happenings in the mood-lit
room include demos of Reinhold’s amps
made in North Hollywood, which are now
being referred to as his Custom Shop line.
We found ourselves geeking out over some
new tweaks to the Duende. The Duende
Sequese Mojado takes a 1x12 combo, and
makes it a 1x12/2x8. In addition to the 12”
speaker it has two 8”s pointing out of the
left and right sides of the amp. They can
be adjusted to handle different parts of the
signal, like the echo-only part of reverb,
and the effect is amazing. The amp can
fill a room with three-dimensional sound
that’s out of this world. We looked at an
18-watt unit that had a second power amp
for driving the built-in ‘verb or an external
effect. The rest of the amp was traditional
Duende: 6V6 tubes, two channels that can
be used separately or blended and built-in
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