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BluGuitar announces Amp X

BluGuitar announces Amp X

The Future Of Guitar Amplification

Imagine – a collection of the best tube amps of all time, in fully analog original quality, united in a single device.

Imagine – you could freely combine these amps with all your favorite analog and digital effects as well as an extensive IR based speaker collection – and store it all in presets.

Imagine – an ever-growing online library of the most sought-after amps, effects and cabinets, ready to be transferred to your amp.

Imagine – your whole guitar rig shrank down to just one ultra compact pedal-sized device.

Combined with BluGuitar’s 100 watts NanotubeTM power amp stage, wouldn’t this be the most powerful guitar amplifier ever? Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
Orange Amplification Launch The Terror Stamp

Orange Amplification Launch The Terror Stamp

Orange Amplification is proud to launch the Terror Stamp, probably the most portable class A/B, 20 Watt amp ever. It is a pocket sized powerhouse, packing all the punch of the miniscule Micro Terror and Micro Dark into a small pedal format. Masses of Terror tone at the stamp of your foot

The tiny Terror Stamp floor amp can fit on a pedal board and is packed with features including 8/16Ohm Speaker Output, Fully-buffered FX Loop, CabSim/Headphone Output, Shape Control and Foot Switchable Master Volume. Its diminutive, robust case measures only measures 6.1 x 13.4 x 9.9cm (2.4 x 5.4 x 3.9in) and weighs 0.38Kg (0.84lb). A minute amp with a massive sound and a tiny stage footprint that fits neatly in a coat pocket! Continue reading →

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Torpedo Captor X For Tube Amp Lovers

Torpedo Captor X For Tube Amp Lovers

Two notes Audio Engineering announce the Torpedo Captor X at Winter NAMM 2020 (Hall D, Booth 5647). Two notes CEO, Guillaume Pille, “Playing your tube amp in a great sounding room with an exceptional choice of perfectly matched speaker cabinets and microphones is truly joyous and an unparalleled experience. Torpedo Captor X is for tube amp lovers who crave this every time they play – no matter the environment.”

Torpedo Captor X is a premium compact reactive load box, tube amp attenuator, miked cab simulator, IR loader and stereo expander for home, live and studio use with a compelling price point of $549 / €549 / £469. Two notes pioneered the digital load box and over the last decade, thousands of Two notes hardware users have captured and enjoyed the harmonic complexity and responsiveness of their tube amps both in the studio and on-stage. Continue reading →

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Ovation Custom Shop Opens

Ovation Custom Shop Opens

Adamas Guitars, Custom Ovation Orders And More

Ovation Guitars is proud to announce the opening of the all-new “Ovation Custom Shop”. This purpose-driven shop is located in New Hartford, Connecticut and features a small team of dedicated luthiers and technicians who have a truly specialized focus – custom-made, USA built Ovation guitars. These craftsmen have well over 100 years of combined Ovation-specific expertise. Utilizing their unique cumulative knowledge, cutting-edge technologies and the most sophisticated construction techniques available, the resulting Ovation and Adamas guitars offer a playing and performance experience that is completely off the charts. Continue reading →

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Neural DSP Release The Quad Cortex Pedal

Neural DSP Release The Quad Cortex Pedal

Neural DSP are bursting into 2020 in a huge way, by releasing the Quad Cortex. Not content with dominating the amp and effects software market, they have now used their knowledge to develop their first physical product.

The Quad Cortex uses machine learning via Neural Capture. Neural Capture features a unique neural network architecture that is capable of autonomously analysing, learning, and replicating an amplifier’s sound and dynamic response in a way that closely resembles human perception for unparalleled accuracy and realism. Users can use Neural Capture to create profiles based on their own rig using the most accurate and powerful technology on the market.

Powered by 2Ghz of dedicated DSP from the Quad Cortex’s quad-core SHARC and dual ARM architectures, this hugely powerful pedal will be able to run 4 amp models, stereo reverb and multiple effects simultaneously. All of this power has been squeezed into a small and portable unit made from aluminium and featuring a 7-inch multi-touch screen. The stainless steel footswitches also rotary encoders for making adjustments to your settings.

Neural DSP Quad Cortex

The Quad Cortex will ship with 50+ amps, 70+ effects and 1000+ IRs. These will be expanded with free updates.

Neural CNS allows you to connect the Cortex to various devices via wifi allowing real-time control, preset sharing and updating wirelessly.

Neural DSP Quad Cortex Rear

If Neural DSP’s software is anything to go by, the Quad Cortex is going to be a game-changer!

You can pre-order one of the first 1000 units now with a €200/$200 deposit. The total cost will be €1599/$1599 and orders will ship by September 2020.

Visit neuraldsp.com for more information

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Guitarists Andy James and Andre Nieri Play GRUV LIVE 2020

Guitarists Andy James and Andre Nieri Play GRUV LIVE 2020

Gruv Gear is thrilled to announce that Andy James and Andre Neiri will be joined by top musicians to perform at the annual GRUV LIVE concert, at The Vault on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:00pm.

Andy James is a British guitar phenomenon and regarded as the UK’s rising star in the world of shred and metal guitar. He has earned himself a place amongst the very best in the world as one of the most technically proficient metal guitarists today. Andy is also a member of the band Sacred Mother Tongue. Andre Nieri is an electric / classical guitar player. His playing creates harmonious blends of Flamenco phrases with rock leads and infuses Blues with Bossa Nova to create a unique sound. He currently tours with drumming superstar Virgil Donati. Continue reading →

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New releases from Sandberg Guitars

New releases from Sandberg Guitars

NAMM 2020

Visit Sandberg At Hall D Booth #2846

Sandberg Guitars today announced several new basses for Winter NAMM 2020! The Lionel Bass is a new short-scale (30”) passive bass, the California TT4 SuperLight with Roasted Maple neck, the Nighthawk Plus,  and the addition of Aguilar Electronics to the options list! Continue reading →

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Revv Amps Unleash G20: High Gain Follow-up To The World’s First Torpedo-Embedded Amp

Revv Amps Unleash G20: High Gain Follow-up To The World’s First Torpedo-Embedded Amp

High Gain Tube Tone, Meet Reactive Load & Virtual Cabs

Revv Amplification have returned after a year of research & development to bring you the G20, an all-tube lunchbox amplifier that brings huge high gain tone & Two notes reactive load & virtual cabinets in one portable made-in-Canada package.

“The G20 was the next logical step. D20 was received so well & immediately people were dropping it into their studios, live rigs, modeling rigs – the tube tone & Torpedo-Embedded together can give you great tone in any situation, including some we didn’t even think of ourselves! The D20 worked so great for pedal users so also putting our signature gain sound into that form factor just made sense. It sounds & feels great! It was important to me that we get our high gain Purple Channel tone right, but I also added some quality of life features like recalling different channels & voices with MIDI, as well as ensuring each Aggression Mode sounds very different so you have a lot of distinct tones available to you. The goal was to make something self-contained for guitarists that don’t use a lot of pedals – I’m sure we’ll be surprised again by what people do with this amp!” Continue reading →

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ESP Guitars 2020 Line-up

ESP Guitars 2020 Line-up

ESP have been busy refreshing their product line-up for 2020 with an incredible amount of new models. In fact, there are too many to show you at once so I’ll be picking some of my favourites from the models announced so far.

The Phoenix Is Back

The Phoenix is a guitar that could be no more cool, and it has returned to the LTD lineup, now as an LTD Deluxe version in two different outstanding versions. The LTD Phoenix-1000 See Thru Black Cherry features a pair of Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker active pickups (Alnico in the neck position, Ceramic in the bridge), with a push-pull control to activate the second voicing. The Phoenix-1000 Vintage White offers a passive pickup set, with a Seymour Duncan Phat Cat single-coil in the neck position and a Seymour Duncan Custom in the bridge. This humbucker also can be split via a push-pull control. Both of these guitars have a neck-thru-body design, with mahogany body wings and a three-piece maple neck. Other features of the new Phoenix-1000 include a TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece, LTD locking tuners, a Macassar ebony fingerboard, and gold hardware. Continue reading →

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