Okay, picked up for cheap a Pedalworx Tejas Overdrive pedal made by Pedalworx in the USA. From what I can gather Pedalworx is a small family business that produce some very nice handmade gear that is still very affordable. For example this pedal I got off EGay new for $71 shipped because it isn’t over marketed yet. Even Klon and Wampler pedals started off doing small batches and slowly grew to become just too expensive (yes I know that they produce amazing great pedals, but $1000+ for an OD pedal by Klon… I mean C’mon…you can get a vintage Fender Twin Reverb for that! lol)
Let’s keep the Tech 21 pedal train going. So today I’m looking at the Tech 21 SansAmp British, a Marshall in a Box. Marshall has a reputation for producing amps that are renowned for their hard-hitting crunchy rock tones, and although in many cases are not as immediately recognizable as the bell-like tone of a Fender or the trebily chime of the Vox’s, they are still a vitally important rock n’ roll tone that has been the driving sound of many iconic bands.
I must confess, I am a bit of a fan of the Tech 21 range and recently I was able to borrow some, with the first being the Liverpool, which is based on the classic Vox amp, the AC30. Secretly I love the idea of trying to get an amp in a pedal, it just intrigues me how they do it.
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.
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
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…
- 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.
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.
Okay, so ever since I have been playing guitar I have heard of Gretsch, but for some reason, I have always associated Gretsch with country, chicken pickin ‘hillbilly‘ music, which just isn’t true. Some of the music industries most iconic figures, such as Chet Atkins, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, George Harrison and John Lennon, to name a few, have all played a Gretsch. And many modern Gretsch players such as the legendary Malcolm Young of AC/DC, THE CULT’s guitarist Billy Duffy, punk guitarist from the 90’s Tim Armstrong all prove that notion to be completely wrong. I have even seen my own guitar hero, Dave Gilmour pull out a nice vintage Gretsch Duojet and play Comfortably Numb on it.
Okay, so usually before we start a review, I always like to add a video, but unfortunately, we don’t have our own, so here’s a great demo from Pro Guitar Shop.
Okay another pedal review, and I will try to keep this short, as the Big White Monkeys Freaky is more of a functional boost pedal with EQ shaping capabilities rather than the usual effects stuff I normally review. The Freaky is a pedal the boys on the Gold Coast at Big White Monkey amps have had in their big yellow stomp box range for a while now, which I am finally getting around to checking out.
First up, I just want to give BWM a bit of a plug, then we’ll check out a couple of vids, along with my review. Now for those of you who are not familiar with BWM, please check out our list of growing reviews or their Facebook page, where you can get good discounts (as opposed to buying through EBay, which charges big fees and obviously gets added to your buying costs). I personally think their products are fantastic value for money and their amps and pedals rock!, but also, the customer support for an online distributor is fantastic. I have found that any thing I buy from them, I always receive excellent customer service and they stand by their warranty, so I can have peace of mind knowing that if I have a problem they will fix it! Okay there is my plug, on with the Freaky!!!
So first up, lets have a look at a couple of videos. This first video Darren has the Freaky at the end of his signal, meaning it’s the last pedal before it hits the amp. In front of the Freaky is a mid 90s ProCo Rat distortion pedal. The amp is a Peavey Delta Blues and the guitar is Darrens heavily modified ‘E’ serial MIJ Fender Strat.
I don’t know about you, but I love mucking around with low priced guitars that actually play and sound really good. It must be the Scottish in me, that loves the idea of getting a nice sounding Strat for about $100.
So first up let’s have a listen to how the Squire Affinity sounds. In the video below Darren is plugged straight into a Marshall JCM 800.
I recently managed to get my hands on an AC-Tone by Carl Martin, but admittedly, turned it over pretty fast due to my slippery fingers not being able to hold anything for long. I must admit that I have always wanted to try the AC Tone by Carl Martin, a pedal regarded by some reviewers (such as Brett Kingman aka Burgerman 666) as one of the best Vox in a box pedals around.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a video review of my AC-Tone, so here’s a couple of Brett’s…
Sticking that pedal into a Fender or any other amp with ample clean headroom turns said amp into a great old Vox – instantly.- Brett Kingman
Howdy, you may remember my review on the Epiphone Sheraton, a jazzy and bluesy black number, where I shared a little bit about Epiphone’s very Greek history. Well, today we have a similar beast as the Sheraton, but no history lesson, it’s Epiphone’s Dot ‘Super VS‘.
As with most of our reviews, first up a couple of vids…
For this first video, the guitar is plugged into a Ceriatone JTM45 and a Hiwatt 300W 2×12 speaker cab loaded with Fane speakers. Darren is also using a mid 90s USA ProCo Rat for the distortion.
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