This Class A, all-tube, two-channel 30-watt head is powered by four EL84s and
incorporates the best of the Rocker and Thunder series, with a classic vintage
channel and an overdrive/distortion channel with a Shape control. The Thunder
30 is replacing the Rocker 30 and is available as a head or combo.
MSRP $1199 (head), $1349 (combo) orangeamps.com
B. Dunlop Crybaby Jerry Cantrell Signature Wah
Based on Dunlop’s Jimi Hendrix wah, Cantrell’s wah has a wider, darker
response for the moody wah sounds made famous in songs like “Man in the
Box.” The wah is custom-voiced for a tight, punchy heel-down tone, with a
side-control to fine-tune the toe-down frequency.
Street $159.99 jimdunlop.com
C. Voyage-Air Belair Limited Edition: TransAxe Series
Yoyage-Air followed up their well-received foldable travel acoustics with a
line of electrics. The standout of the new TransAxe Series was the Belair,
limited to 250 pieces. It features two custom Tonerider Vintage 90 Soap Bar
pickups, three-position switch, alder body, 24. 75" scale maple neck, rosewood fingerboard and adjustable bridge.
D. Fishman Aura Sixteen Acoustic Imaging Pedal
Sixteen is a user-programmable Aura pedal that comes loaded with 16
adjustable dreadnought images, but you can also connect it via the included
USB cable to your computer to upload any of the 800 images from the
included Aura Image Gallery III software. Controls include Image Select,
Volume, and Blend knobs, as well as a feedback-fighting Phase switch.
Street $199.95 fishman.com
E. Ibanez TSA15H Tube Screamer Amp Head
This new 15-watt head is powered by two 6V6 tubes and features Bass,
Treble, and Volume knobs, as wells as Overdrive, Tone, and Level knobs for
the built-in Tube Screamer pedal circuitry—which is selectable from the front
panel or via the optional two-button footswitch (which can also be used to
engage a 6dB boost). The preamp features two 12AX7s, and the power section can be switched from pentode mode ( 15 watts) to triode mode ( 5 watts).
Street $299 ibanez.com
F. Cole Clark Hollow Baby
The Hollow Baby is fashioned from a single piece of bunya or maple wood
that is sliced along the length of the guitar, carved hollow, and then pieced
together again. It features a single f-hole and is available with a maple or blackwood neck, maple or rosewood fretboard, and Seymour Duncan, Kinman, or
Cole Clark pickups.
Street $1845 – $2135, depending on options coleclarkguitars.com
G. VHT Special 6
The VHT Special 6 is available as a 6-watt head or 1x10 combo, and it’s
handwired in China using a mod-friendly eyelet circuit board. The amp features one 12AX7 preamp tube, one 6V6 power tube, footswitchable Gain
Boost, and a High/Low power switch that cuts power in half and optimizes
the tone for bedroom volumes. The combo features a VHT-designed 10”
speaker, and the company also offers open- and closed-back 1x12 cabinet s
loaded with either a VHT-designed 12” or a Celestion G12H30.
Street $199.99 (combo), $179.99 (head), $149.99 (extension cabinet
with VHT speaker)
H. Hanson Guitars Firenze T90
The new Hanson T90 features an ash body, a quilted maple top, an aged
lacquer neck, a Hanson Broadcaster-style pickup in the bridge position, and
a Hanson P- 90 at the neck.
Street $799 hansonguitars.com
I. Totally Wycked Audio TK-01
Triskelion Harmonic Energizer
The new Triskelion from Totally Wycked Audio uses vintage synth technology to re-shape the harmonic structure of your guitar’s input signal to
add anything from a glossy boost to screeching, otherworldly sounds
with infinite sustain.
Street $TBA godlyke.com
J. TC Electronic Poly Tune
The Poly Tune is the world’s first polyphonic tuner and it lets you tune all
strings down to 0.5-cent accuracy with a single strum. Powered by a 9-volt
battery or an external power supply, the Poly Tune features true-bypass
circuitry and automatically switches to monophonic tuning mode if you’re tuning just one string. It also features an ambient light sensor that matches the
brightness of the 17 LEDs to the light in your surrounding environment.
Street $99.99 tcelectronic.com
K. Koch Classic SE Combos
Available in 6- and 12-watt versions, Classic SEs feature Instrument and Line
inputs, full- and low-power modes, a Recording/PA Ouptut with speaker
emulation, three voicing switches (Mid Boost, Bass Cut, and Gain Boost), and
Gain, Tone, and Volume knobs. The 6-watt features one EL84 or 6V6 power
tube and one12AX7 preamp tube, while the 12-watt features one EL34 or
5881 power tube and one 12AX7.
Street $1336 (SE 6), $1390 (SE 12)