REVIEW > 3 MONKEYS
Virgil doesn’t have reverb … but I
was surprised again when the sound
was so three-dimensional and ballsy
that I didn’t miss it at all.
you want a killer channel-switching
tone machine that’s still quite simple
you need reverb or an effects loop.
individual voicings for each channel, and
they said it may be an option in the future.
Just for kicks, I pulled out a classic 6V6
amp, a 1965 Fender Deluxe Reverb, to
compare with Virgil in the USA mode. I
was rather surprised to find that I preferred
Virgil’s fuller voicing—to my ears, it was less
scooped and richer sounding than the Deluxe
Reverb. That said, Virgil isn’t necessarily
intended to be a Fender or Marshall clone, it
just uses those voices as a reference point.
I’m a big reverb fan, and when I try
reverb-less amps it takes time for my
ears to warm up to the dry sound. Virgil
doesn’t have reverb—or an effects loop
for patching one in post-EQ—but I was
surprised again when the sound was so
three-dimensional and ballsy that I didn’t
miss it at all. Of course, if your sound is
heavily reliant on reverb or delay, you’ll
want a good reverb pedal, rack, or out-
board unit to augment Virgil’s richness.
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Although Virgil’s tones are rooted in classic rock, it would be a mistake to think it’s
only suitable for rocking tones. From pop
to funk, country, and jazz, there really isn’t
any sonic territory the amp can’t cover.
And when you factor in the top-shelf components and quality workmanship, Virgil
is an impressively complete amplifier.
Whether you’re bound for the studio or
stage, it’s a rig that kills.
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