you want to sound like Keith
Richards in the privacy of your
home or in small clubs.
Playing through the Rocket’s second channel, I encountered the same brightness I heard
on the clean channel. And once more, I easily
counteracted this high-end spike with a flick
of the Bass and Treble knobs. In this setting,
the amp is really impressive: With the gain
cranked up around 7, it produced an excellent
crunchy, classic-rock tone that kept individual
notes of each chord clearly discernable. And
just as a fine tube amp should, on the overdriven setting the Rocket responded beautifully to single-note jazz-blues lines, singing
assertively in a warm-toned voice.
The Rocket 22 is a terrific Fender-flavored tube
amp that offers modern conveniences, such as a
half-power switch and twin effects loops. At 22
watts, it’s perfect for a classic rock or roots guitarist,
especially one who dwells in smaller venues and
spends a lot of time playing at home. And with two
channels, it’s ideal for the player who likes to work
through a variety of voices without introducing a
lot of pedals to their tone equation. All in all, the
Rocket 22 is a great evolution of a timeless Fender-style circuit with enough retro visual trappings and
easy-to-use controls that will satisfy the purist.
your style demands a bit more
power than 22 watts and the
money’s a little tight.
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