Ampeg GVT15-112 Tube Combo: Straight Up Tube Tone!

Wow, time goes so fast and unfortunately I have been way too busy to do many reviews, sorry about that! Anyway, I picked up a new friend the other day. It’s an Ampeg GVT15-112 tube combo, which is a 15-Watt valve amp, that can also be switched to 7-Watts thanks to its  half-power, power amp mode. I got mine at a really good price, and straight up I must say that it has a bold, clear (but not overly bright) warm tube tone.

Anyway, Ampeg are better known for their bass amps, although in the 70s and 80s it released some well regarded tube amps for guitar as well.

Ampeg Micro CL SVT Classic Bass Amplifier Stack

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SX 10-Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier – Cheap and fun!

In today’s review we are looking at a cheap, but not necessarily nasty little amp. The SX (Essex) 10 Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier (SX GA1065).

SX 10-Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier

SX 10-Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier

Now straight up, it’s a very simple little solid state combo amplifier and it retails for around $100.00. It is usually sold as part of the SX guitar and amp kit. Although, you can find them a lot cheaper than that second-hand, I bought mine for just $20.00.

The amp has simple controls with High, Mid and Low EQ, doing what they should. It also has a built-in Drive button to add a preset amount of delicious solid state distortion, okay that was some totally unnecessary sarcasm, but this amp, let’s be realistic, is great for cleans and maybe some very light over drive, but it’s just not going to handle a heavy amount of distortion! Run it into a quad box if you must!

Okay the amp is very simple and I won’t waffle about its features, but in short here are the specs…

  • 10Watt.
  • Dimensions 28.5cm (H) x 27cm (W) x 16.5cm (D).
  • 1 instrument input.
  • Volume, high, mid and low controls.
  • Vintage look silver grille cloth.
  • Overdrive push switch.
  • Headphone socket.

Fender Vibrolux-Amp 10w 1x10 Combo Tweed 1960

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The Kustom Defender 50 watt Tube Amp – Bang for the buck?

Today I’m taking a look at The Kustom Defender 50 watt Tube Amp. Kustom is a company I have never dealt with before, So before reviewing the amp itself, I thought I would take a brief look at Kustom’s background.

As far as I can tell, Kustom was started in the 1960’s by a young Bud Ross, who thought that vinyl covering, as found on car seats would go well on amps, which turned out to be a great success.

The Kustom Defender 50watt Tube Amp

Kustom Tuck and Roll Black 200 bass Amp 8 NEW speakers

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Ceriatone 5E3 Tweed Deluxe – A Classic Re-incarnation

How You Can Get 10% Off A Brand New Ceriatone AmplifierSo it’s time to Look at another amp, and today it’s the classic circuitry of the Ceriatone 5E3 Tweed Deluxe.

In this first video, Darren is playing an Orville Les Paul Gold Top, the speaker cab is a 1×12 Fargen, loaded with a 70th Anniversary G12H Celestion. The overdrive pedal is a BWM Spider.

In this next video, Darren is playing a Tokai Silver Star. The cleans on this next video show how this amp can sound really chimey when combined with the single coils of the Tokai and the openness of the oversized Fargen cab. Continue reading

Ceriatone JTM45 – Classic Rock Tone in the Key of ‘M’

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Okay, so today we’re having a look at a very, very cool amp by Ceriatone. The JTM45. The JTM45 is a classic Marshall Clone, which is not as gainy as the later plexis, but it has great cleans.

First up a couple of vids. This first video, Darren is playing an MIJ Orville, Les Paul Gold Top, the speaker cab is a 1×12 Fargen, loaded with a 75th anniversary Celestion G12H. The distortion is a mids 90’s ProCo Rat

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How You Can Get 10% Off A Brand New Ceriatone Amplifier


The team at are very happy and excited to announce that Ceriatone Amplifiers, One of the world’s most respected Boutique Amplifier makers is allowing us to give our readers a 10% discount on all new stock model amps.

Get 10% Off Your Next Ceriatone Amplifier

Nik, Founder and CEO of Ceriatone Amplification. Get 10% Off Your Next Ceriatone Amplifier

Ceriatone have been making custom-built, hand wired vintage style amplifiers for more than 10 years now and Nik (Ceriatone) and his team enjoy a very loyal and growing list of extremely happy guitarists from all over the World as their customers.

In the world of boutique, hand wired Tube amplifiers, Ceriatone amps are outstanding value for money and are a technically brilliant reproduction of many of the most sought after amps that created Rock and Roll history. The sound quality of a Ceriatone Amp will captivate any guitarist and their audience.

Here’s How to Get 10% OFF Your Next Ceriatone Amplifier…

The first thing you need to do is know what amp you want. Just visit and look through the huge list of options that are available. You may also want to go to the Sound Clips page and listen to the many sound samples for the different amps to help you decide.

Once you have decided on your amp, just come back here to and fill in the form on our Order Only page, leaving your details and what specific amp you want to order.

We will then place your order with Ceriatone, who will generate a unique, one time use coupon code (which you will need to quote when you pay for your amp).

Once all of the details regarding your order are finalized, you will receive via email all of the payment details. This will include your 10% off coupon code, the cost of the amp, the shipping costs, and the PayPal information where you will make your payment.

You then simply pay Ceriatone direct via PayPal, quoting the special coupon order number before you checkout.

Get 10% Off Your Next Ceriatone Amplifier

Get 10% Off Your Next Ceriatone Amplifier

The whole process is quick, simple and easy, just…

  1. Decide on your amp.
  2. Fill in the form on our Order page.
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  4. Pay Ceriatone direct via PayPal quoting the coupon code
  5. Wait a few weeks
  6. Rock on with your new Ceriatone Amplifier!!!

If you have any questions, please ask in the comments section below, Contact Us or read through our list of Frequently Asked Questions here…


Q. Can I order an amp with any extra customized features that don’t come as standard?

A. No, Only the stock model amplifiers will qualify for this discount opportunity. You can not order customized amps with this offer.

Q. Can I still get the discount if I don’t live in your country?

A. YES, If Ceriatone will ship to your country then you can take advantage of this offer. You can see where Ceriatone ship by checking out the shipping page on their website.

Q. Can I re-use the coupon code for a second order?

A. No The coupon codes are generated for each individual order, and will only be created once you have placed an order to purchase a new Ceriatone amplifier.

Q. Can I share my coupon code with a friend or on another website?

A. No, simply because the coupon code is unique to you and your order, you cannot pass it on to anyone else, because it is specific to your amp.

Q. Do I get a discount on the overall total, including the shipping costs as well?

A. No, the discount will only apply to the cost of your amp.

Q. What is the currency I will be asked to pay?

A. All prices will be in US Dollars.

Q. What happens if I don’t quote the coupon code when I make my payment?

A. Quoting the coupon code is extremely IMPORTANT…, You must quote the coupon code prior to check out to receive the discount. It’s the only way to identify which amp is associated with your payment. If there isn’t a discount code associated with your payment, your money will be refunded and your order will not be processed.

Q. Can I order a kit so I can build my own Amplifier?

A. No, this offer is only available for completed amps already assembled by Ceriatone.

Q. How do I know my payment is secure?

A. When making your payment you will be paying Ceriatone direct through their PayPal account, no third parties will be involved in any transaction that takes place.

Big White Monkeys FG15 DC Tube Amp – Matchless 30 Clone!

Okay time for another review of some new gear from our friends Big White Monkey Amps on the Gold Coast Australia, this time in the form of their new hand wired amp, the FG15 DC.

First Up, the vid…

Okay, lets get into it, this amp is based on the Matchless 30 amp, well specifically the EF86 pre-amp section of that amp, which in turn is based on the old vintage Vox AC30s, some of which featured an EF86 tube in the pre-amp section. Continue reading

Laney Lionheart L20H Tube Head – Okay I am in love!!

Now I admit the title is a little dramatic, but other reviewers were correct to describe this amp as “wonderfully rich and complex in tones” and with a fair few mentioning it was one of the best amps they had ever played… and You know what?

Laney Lionheart L20H Tube Head Front

Laney Lionheart L20H Tube Head Front

I am going to go out on a limb and agree…!

This amp, which is made in the UK by Laney is amazing! Why?

Well after buying and selling TOO MANY AMPS you start to get a little jaded and after a while they just start sounding so very, very similar, which is probably why they come and go so often…

But then you get one that not only looks amazing, like the Laney Lionheart, with it’s blue tolex and wheat colored grille, but when you strum out a chord, it is just absolute tonal bliss!

Laney LIONHEART L50H Twin Channel 50-Watts Guitar Tube Amplifier Head w/ Reverb

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Laney – LIONHEART L50H Valve Head – Another underated Gem from Laney!

Okay time for some more guitar amps! Groovy… and this one today is very nice indeed!!!

Unfortunately we don’t have our own video demo, so I thought I would grab the official Laney video. I must confess though, I don’t think the Laney video does the amp any favors… So read on to find out what I really think of the amp!!!

Laney MINI-ST- Lionheart Battery Powered Stereo Guitar Amp Combo *GREAT VALUE*

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Valvetone Impact Mark 3 Valve Amp – Handmade Aussie Gem!

Okay we all love amps, pedals and tube powered stuff, that’s why we’re here right? So today I am very happy to rave about my little Valvetone Impact Mark 3, which is a point to point handwired, handmade amp by Darryl Hoy, who is based in NSW Australia (and I got my signed too!@!).

Valvetone Impact Mark 3 Valve Amp Front

Valvetone Impact Mark 3 Valve Amp Front

Darryl is certainly no fly by nighter, he has been making guitar amps since the 70’s (e.g.Scion amps), Every Valvetone amp he builds is handmade one at a time, all point to point wiring, no PCB boards and he only uses nice vintage mustard caps and proper vintage spec components.

Now as you can see by the pic, it comes in a simple steel head chassis, so if you want to pimp it up a little, you will have to spend a bit of money on a cab or make one yourself if you are handy with tools and ply…

The Valvetone Impact Mark Three has three basic controls…

  • Volume
  • Tone
  • Master

…with toggle switches for Gain and Bright.

On the back of the amp you have the standard speaker out (8ohms is optimal but it can also go to 4 or 16ohms) and a line out. Pretty standard in this regards.

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Big White Monkey Kong 5 watt Valve Head – A little Tweed number!

I have done a few reviews for Big White Monkey’s gear, mainly their effects pedals, so lets take a look into their 5 watt valve head, the Big White Monkey Kong.

Before I share my thoughts, lets first have a look at our Guitar Gas video review. Darren is playing a <a< span=””> title=”Check out all of the Made in Japan posts…” href=””>made in Japan Fernandes ‘The Revival‘ 62RI Stratocaster Copy fitted out with Fender Custom Shop Fat 50s pickups. The Kong is plugged into a Fargen 1×12 speaker cab fitted with a 30watt 70th anniversary special edition G12H Vintage Series Celestion speaker.

NEW! Marshall SC20C JCM 800 1x10 guitar combo in white (pre-order) LIMITED

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Fender Bandmaster VM Head

The Fender Bandmaster VM head is part of Fender’s Vintage Modified (like the Super Champ XD) range of amplifiers and aims to blend elements of vintage and modern amps together, which you can imagine divides opinions. Although some models such as the ‘Super Champ‘ are very popular and actually sound great.

1990s Fender Bronco Amp 1.5w Vintage Tweed Look USA Made Project Giant Hum

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