Biyang RV-10 Tri Reverb – Another Home Run for Biyang

I love cheesy titles, so I thought I would put one up there! But in fairness to Biyang, who I imagine cop a fair bit of, “I am not buying Chinese rubbish“, this pedal is cool, does exactly what it says it will do, and is delivered to your door for under $100. So if you are wanting something to deepen or wetten your sound a bit, and if reverb is not your ‘main‘ affect then the Biyang RV-10 Tri Reverb Pedal will do the trick!

But before we get too excited lets listen to how she sounds. Here’s a video Dazza did demoing this pedal alongside the Biyang Max Distortion. The guitar he is using is his modified Fender MIJ Contemporary Strat and the amp is a Fender ’59 Bassman LTD (Lacquered Tweed 410 Jensen 45W combo)..

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Biyang AD10 Analog Delay – Baby Boom Series

Okay, let’s keep the Biyang pedal train rolling out!

But before I share my opinion of this very cool offering from Biyang, lets hear how she sounds with Darren playing it through his Fender Bassman amp and his Custom modified Fender Strat, alongside another very cool pedal from Biyangs Baby Boom series, The Max Distortion.

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Biyang Baby Boom Phase Pro Effects Pedal

Okay, next four or so reviews are going to look at the Baby Boom range of pedals that are produced for Biyang.

Biyang I must admit have some cool stuff for those who are budget conscious (or should I say ‘smart’?!!). I have already reviewed the Biyang Max Distortion and Mad Driver OD-10 pedals, which I really liked.

Ok, so before I delve too deep into this review of the Biyang Baby Boom Phase Pro, lets see and hear how she sounds… Darren is playing his E Series Fender Contemporary Stratocaster fitted with a Seymour Duncan 59 Humbucker in the bridge and a Dimarzio Humbucker from hell in the neck. The amp is a Fender ’59 Bassman LTD (Lacquered Tweed 410 Jensen 45W combo). The video was recorded with an iPhone and the Fostex AR-4i Audio Interface for iPhone 4.

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Egnater Tweaker 15watt Tube Head and Egnater 1 x 12 Cab – Versatility plus!

Today we have an Egnater Tweaker 15watt head and cab to suss out.

Starting with looks, the Tweaker is a fairly compact unit, a bit smaller than your average 15 watt tube amp (smaller than a Laney Cub Head or a Marshall Class 5 etc). With its black tolex and beige coloured grill cloth it has a ‘Vintgey‘ look about it.

Egnater Tweaker 15watt Tube Head and Egnater 1 x 12 Cab

Egnater Tweaker 15watt Tube Head and Egnater 1 x 12 Cab

The head cab itself has some pretty cool design features, like how you can easily change valves from the back (good idea!). Also on the back, the Tweaker has a pair of sockets for its series effects loop and two more for loudspeaker cabinets, along with an impedance changer so for versatility and for people who like to ‘mix and match‘ it is well designed.

The effects loop is great, for your delays, choruses/modulation so you can crank the amp and not get distorted delay or modulation which sounds horrible! I will add upfront that this amp is not cheap, retailing anywhere from $500 to $750 here is Australia and it is Chinese made, although made under Egnater’s strict conditions.

A local guitar/amp retailer told me that they don’t stock them and need to be ordered in on request as they are perceived to be pricey for a Chinese made amp.

Okay let’s check out the wide range of versatility you can get. Some material I am using here is technical or specs and I will be using stuff from Egnater etc for the ‘dry stuff‘.

The Tweaker technically is a single channel amp, with controls for gain, three-band EQ and master volume. However that’s where the simplicity ends!

There are also five small toggle switches on the front panel that really do give a wide range of tones. It is marketed as being an amp that if you fiddle with it, you can cover most grounds musically and I would say this is true to a degree. So if you don’t want to ‘tweak‘ then the Egnator Tweaker may not be for you, unless once you find that ‘sweet spot‘ you just leave it.

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The New Chimp Head by Big White Monkey Amps

Big things are happening for the guys over at Big White Monkey Amps this year. As far as I know, they are bringing out a brand new range of Chimps, getting a new website sorted and looking to start some more new products that are currently being kept under wraps at this stage.

Last week we were lucky enough to get our hands on the brand new model Chimp head, which is the upgraded version of the older model Kong.

Before I go into specifics on the upgrades I have a couple of videos I would like to show you.

In this first video, Darren runs the amp through it’s paces using a Fernandes “The Revival” with Fender Custom Shop Fat 50s pickups. The speaker box is a Fargen 1 x 12 with a Celestion Vintage 30 speaker.

In this next video we used a Fernandes “Super Grade” Gold Top Les Paul fitted with Seymour Duncan Seth Lover pickups. The Pedal used is a Biyang Baby Boom Mad Driver OD-10 Pedal. Continue reading

VOX AC30C2 – Tone Monster for the Bedroom or Stadium?

Vox AC30C2, Flexible, Credible and Muscly!!

Okay, So I like a nice subject line to capture the interest, but seriously the AC30 has killer tones, and is being used by such greats as ‘Snowy White’ (man he makes the AC30 weep) ‘The Edge’ (come on, admit he has done well on one!!) as well as many others.

VOX AC30C2

VOX AC30C2

Heavy as an ox, with quite a range of tones that you can squeeze out of it, like its smaller brother, the AC15, the AC30C2 is definitely worth reviewing. The original VOX AC30s came out slightly later than the AC15s, and it was around about 1965 when people were starting to use them.

If I could have only 2 or 3 amps, then this is definitely on the list, and possibly my ‘desert island’ amp!

We all have those ‘why did I sell it‘ type of amp regrets, and for me, I really did love the tone and the vintage look of my AC30C2. Now I have personally had one for 12 months without a problem, and other reviewers also mentioned that although made in China, they held up in quality to English made units. But I say it again, perception is a powerful thing.

Let’s take a look at some specs, that you can also find on VOX site too…

  • The amp is all Class A circuitry, 100% all Tube (3x ECC83 and 4x EL84 and 1 GZ 34) which can get loud enough to fill a stadium if miked up (thinking of the Edge!)
  • Two channels (they are not footswitchable sadly) with that fantastic clear ‘autumn morning‘ clean and the well known top boost channel. There is also a ‘Brilliance’ switch that is available on the clean channel (same as the bright switch in Fender).
  • Fairly normal EQ with treble, bass and custom/standard toggle. When in Custom mode it doesn’t affect your tone that much as in the ‘Standard‘ mode. You have the Master section for Volume and Tone, and the tone will be an overall voicing (more bass or more treble) not so different to your tone on your guitar!
  • The reverb on board is usable, very subtle and not as rich and lush as a Fender type of amp.
  • The tremolo (with speed and depth controls) is a nice extra feature. It features a cut control and most importantly a master volume!
  • There is an effect loop for your delays and modulated effects/chorus to go into (I love Effects Loops) with true bypass and extension cab output (as if you’re going to need an extension cab??)…

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Vox AC15CC1 Review: An All Time Classic Tube Amp

Hands up if you have never heard of the Vox AC15?  Chances are, if you are a guitarist who appreciate a great tube tone, then you will know Vox, either for the AC15 or the AC30 (coming up next!)

Vox AC15CC1 Review

Vox AC15CC1 Review

The Vox AC15 first came out in January 1958 (associated with JMI company) with the brand becoming popular when bands like the Beatles (The ‘British Invasion’) and the Shadows started to use them.

Fast forward a few years, chuck in some indirect advertising by people like the Edge and Snowy White (using Vox AC30’s) and you have a brand that is now solidly planted in the upper echelon of tube amp Royalty.

Known for their ‘jangly’ & chimey cleans that have a bit of a bite to it (especially when pushing an alnico speaker) they are regarded as one of the true classic amps.

They are great for cutting through in a band, and bond very well with a single coil guitar (my opinion and many other guitarists) but also take a humbucker guitar quite well, and I personally think it adds some presence to some guitars that can come across a bit dark.

Let’s look at some dry techy facts about the Vox AC15CC1.

In terms of tubes it features 2 x EL84/6BQ5 and 2 x 12AX7/ECC83. It has a silicon rectifier with passive SAG circuitry, which gives you 15 watts of power through a standard 12 inch Wharfdale or Greenback speaker. You can upgrade to the famed Celestion Blue Alnico (I have played all three and liked the Greenback a lot, although I do love an alnico speaker but you pay for it though!).

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Big White Monkey Handwired 5 Amp Review

From the moment I unpacked my Big White Monkey’s Handwired tube combo, the VT-5, I was pretty impressed. But before I delve into my review, lets have a listen to this amp first with our resident Guitar Gas guitarist Darren putting it through it’s paces…

In the video above Darren was using a 1981, 100% original made in Japan Greco Spacey Sound SE 450 and a Big White Monkey Howler distortion pedal. Apologies also for the abrupt ending, I was told by Jeremy, the editor for this site that his missus rang while doing the shoot, the price you pay for recording a video on your phone. The video was shot using an iPhone 4 and the Fostex AR-4i Audio Interface for iPhone.

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Biyang Baby Boom Mad Driver OD-10 Pedal Review

Let’s keep moving on with our look into the Biyang products. But before we dive straight into the review, lets us again take a look at what Dazza, our resident guitarists thinks of the Biyang Baby Boom Mad Driver OD-10 Pedal in the video below…

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The amp in the video is a Fender ’59 Bassman LTD (Lacquered Tweed 410 Jensen 45W combo). The guitar used is Dazza’a Customised E Series Fender Contemporary Stratocaster fitted with Seymour Duncan and Dimarzio pickups. Specifically a Dimarzio humbucker from hell in the neck and a Seymour Duncan 59 in the bridge. The video was recorded with an iPhone and the Fostex AR-4i Audio Interface for iPhone 4. Continue reading

Biyang Max Distortion DS-10 Pedal Review

Ok, another quick slurp of lukewarm coffee and it’s time to jump back into looking at some cheaper priced pedals, with the next few reviews on the Biyang ‘Baby Boom’ series.

Before we dive too deep into the review, lets take a look at what Dazza, our resident guitarists thinks of the Biyang Max Distortion DS-10.


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The amp in the video is a Fender ’59 Bassman LTD (Lacquered Tweed 410 Jensen 45W combo). The guitar used is Dazza’a Customised E Series Fender Contemporary Stratocaster fitted with Seymour Duncan and Dimarzio pickups. Including a Dimarzio humbucker from hell in the neck and a Seymour Duncan 59 in the bridge. The video was recorded with an iPhone and the Fostex AR-4i Audio Interface for iPhone 4. Continue reading

Hiwatt T20 Head Review – Is this a better priced lil’ brother!

Hiwatt, a name that has a long standing reputation and may I say, like Fender, Marshall etc… are among amplifier royalty. With such users as David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Ian Moss and many others they are obviously a worthy company.

Hiwatt T20 Head Review

Hiwatt T20 Head Review


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So let’s get stuck into my Hiwatt T20 Head Review. Starting out in the 1960s, they quickly became the amplifiers of choice for Jimmy Page, David Gilmour and the Who. In summary, Hiwatts are amps that are well known for a clean ‘Pure’ sound that provides a foundation tone that you then build on with pedals. Continue reading

The Laney Cub 15 Watt Head – Review

Okay hands up if you don’t like an amp that sounds great, is very affordable, has very nice on-board gain and pretty decent reverb? Well, if that is you, go and play chess with a bowl headed mate because this isn’t for you!

Laney Cub Head

Laney Cub Head

So today were looking at the The Laney Cub 15 Watt Head, an amp offering by Laney, a UK company of long standing reputation and may I say slightly underrated compared to the biggies like Fender, Marshall and friends.

September 1, 1967 is the official date that Laney Amplification began. Lyndon Laney was originally a bassist, who would sometimes play with greats such as Robert Plant, John Bonham, began his amp building career making amplifiers for his friends. Since starting Laney Amplification, legends and rock heroes such as Tony Iommi , Mark Knopfler and Steve Rothery have used or still use Laney amps.

Okay, the history lesson done! The Laney Cubs have been extremely popular due to the features and tone they offer at an excellent price point. In fact, the Laney Cub head rivals quite a few things I have heard including much higher priced Egnaters for one (not saying anything against them!).

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