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1. Orange Or50
Big and classically British, the single-chan-nel OR50 is a reissue of Orange’s legendary
“Pics Only” 50-watt head from 1972. Two
EL34s, two 12AX7s in the preamp, an attenuator section and a ton of classic Rock
Over London vibes.
2. Marshall 1-Watt Anniversary editions
Marshall Amplification introduced 1-watt
versions of their classic amplifiers celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary in
2012. There is the JTM 1, JMP- 1, JCM800,
DSL1, and JVM1. Each amplifier represents
the corresponding decade the amp was
3. Diezel Hagen
A refinement on Peter Diezel’s acclaimed
VH4 head, the brilliant and brutal new 100-
watt Hagen is powered by four EL34s and
has a preamp that’s driven by six 12AX7s
and controlled by four horizontally arrayed
independent channels—clean, crunch, mega,
and lead. It also has three effects loops—one
MIDI controlled serial, a permanent serial,
and a permanent parallel with volume control.
4. Carr Bloke
Carr amplifiers unveiled their new hi-gain
amp, the Bloke. It takes its inspiration
from vintage British heads and late-’60s
tube bass amps from America. Controls
include lead master, treble, and bass with
the bass routed through a separate circuit.
The Bloke is powered by two EL34s, but is
compatible with 6V6 tubes.
5. Jet City JCA22W
Based on Mike Soldano’s Atomic 16
amp, the EL84-powered, 20-watt Jet City
JCA22W is a dream for guitarists who love
hearing pure tube tone onstage but are at
the mercy of sound men in the house mix.
The JCA22W’s monitor-like wedge shape
enables you to blast your own unadulterated tones into your face while sending a
4x12-simulation via direct output to the PA.
6. Ampeg r-12r reverberocket
Ampeg showed off the new Heritage R-12R
Reverbrocket at the 2012 NAMM show.
This all-tube combo, which is switchable
between 30 and 15 watts, is handwired in
the US and is based on the original 1961
model of the same name. This 2012 build is
limited to 100 total units.