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 SVT 450 H Bass Amp Head

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2002 Crafted in Japan Fender Jaguar

Here’s a look at my old 2002 Crafted in Japan Fender Jaguar.

Unfortunately, the only video I have of this guitar, other than how I added a BuzzStop Bar, was one of the earlier recorded demos, so the audio isn’t very good. In the video below Darren is playing some rock into a Marshall JCM800.

1965 Fender Jaguar - Sunburst w/ OHSC

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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.

Vintage 1968 Marshall JMP 1930 Popular 2x10 Blues Breaker 10w Plexi Amp SERVICED

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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

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Aria Pro II Strikin Sound Relic Project – Complete

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally have my Aria pro II Strikin Sound Relic Project to a point I can finally say it’s finished.

I know the guitar community stands divided when it comes to relicing a perfectly good guitar, but I must admit, I really enjoyed doing this project. There is something cool that happens with your bond to a specific guitar once you do your own little mods to it, like my recent Telecaster project, where I stripped off the poly coating and finished it with a clear lacquer. I found that with every guitar I have either re-painted, re-fretted, swapped the pups, or done some modification to it in some way, I have always found it really hard to part with. Whereas the guitars I buy and leave alone, I don’t seem to worry too much when it comes time to sell them. It’s kinda weird, but you just seem to bond with a guitar a lot more when you invest more than just play time into it.

Any ways, if you want to go back through the steps I took while doing this relic job check out all of the posts tagged with Relic Project. Unfortunately I didn’t get every single last detail along the way, especially the last few steps,  but you will get a pretty good idea of how this whole project got started and the initial steps involved.

So the guitar itself is an Aria Pro II Strikin Sounds 50s Stratocaster copy. When I bought this guitar I was so impressed with the body, weight, how the neck felt, the wood grain, etc… but there was something about how the guitar looked that was just wrong. Obviously the guitar just had a recent fret job, where the guy who replaced the frets striped all of the fretboard down, so the fret board was un-painted and the timber looked brand new and very light in color, whereas the rest of the guitar was pretty old and worn looking. To me it was just wrong, so I didn’t really bond much with the guitar initially. But, the reason I bought this particular guitar was that I really wanted a 50s style Strat, and at the time I was totally keen on the Road worn Strats Fender were making. So, I had two choices, try selling the Aria to buy the Fender or just relic the Aria. Hence the decision to do a relic project was made.

Aria Pro II Strikin Sounds 50s Stratocaster Copy Relic

L-5 ces Jazz guitar Aria Pro Pe180 Superb Japanese Vintage Lawsuit JVGuitars

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Gretsch G5435 Electromatic Pro Jet – Class act from Gretsch!

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.

Gretsch G5435 Electromatic Pro Jet™ - Rosewood Fingerboard - Black

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How To Buy A Guitar Without Getting Ripped Off In Seven Easy Steps

Buying a new guitar can be a great feeling. Maybe you’ve bought a few guitars in the past and you’re looking at adding another to your collection, or maybe you’re about to buy your first guitar and you’re not sure where to start. This guest post attempts to give would-be buyers some important tips on how to buy a guitar without getting sold a lemon.

Joe Bonamassa Guitar Collection

Joe Bonamassa Guitar Collection

What qualifies me to give anyone advice on buying music gear? I’ve owned, sold and traded a myriad of guitars over the past five years. Some were quite expensive vintage collectables and some were your run of the mill, off the shelf cheapies that I picked up on spur-of-the-moment purchases. At one point I was stashing so much gear, that when I took someone into my music room, I would always get asked if I was running a music store from home. Nope, I just had a severe case of GAS… So, let’s get started… Continue reading

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

Re-painting My Sunburst Tele to Natural

Sometimes I just can’t leave well enough alone… my mates think I am mad, but what the hey, when money is tight and you got a itch for a new guitar sometimes you gotta scratch it with what you got.

The idea for this project started when I first saw Tommy Emanuel play his Tele in the following vid…

Fender One-of-a-Kind Kirsten Easthope Hand-Painted Tele & Pro Jr

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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

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The team at Guitargas.com 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.

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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.

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The first thing you need to do is know what amp you want. Just visit Ceriatone.com 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 Guitargas.com 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…

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A ProCo Rat2 thats a Brat?

Hi guys, I have a Proco Rat2 looking pedal that has a sticker on the back which says it’s a Brat. Can you help me identify it?

Here is a video I tried to record using my iPhone, unfortunately the sound quality isn’t very good, and I kinda had to rush it a bit before my kids came in and started jumping all over me, so the playing is a bit sloppy. But at least you will get to hear the difference between a US made Rat pedal and a Rat pedal that has a Brat serial number.

ProCo "The RAT" Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal First Version "Excellent"

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