Fender Releases ’68 Custom Series Amps

Fender 68 Custom Princeton Reverb AmpPress Release: Fender is proud to announce the ’68 Custom series amplifiers, which consist of the ’68 Custom Twin Reverb, ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb and ’68 Custom Princeton Reverb amps. 1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps, with tone that was still pure Fender, but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum “drip edge” grille cloth trim, ’68 Custom amps pay tribute to the classic look, sound and performance of Fender’s late-‘60s “silver-face” amps, but feature a special twist. Both channels boast reverb and tremolo, and the “custom” channels have modified Bassman tone stacks that give modern players greater tonal flexibility with pedals. In addition, all models include custom-made Schumacher transformers (like the originals), tube-driven spring reverb and Celestion speakers, which deliver a more distinctively rock ‘n’ roll flavor. Read More …

REVIEW: Egnater Tweaker 112

EgnaterI’ve reviewed a few Egnater Tweaker amps over the past few years. The 6L6-loaded Tweaker 40 was a fun little amp with plenty of switches for customising your tone, while the Tweaker 88 rocked a set of KT-88 power tubes for a different tonal character. The Tweaker 112 is a little more closely aligned with the Tweaker 40, but with 6V6 power tubes and its own thang going on. The Tweaker 112 is a 15 watt tube combo with a single 12″ speaker (a Celestion G12H-30) housed in a void-free birch ply cabinet. There’s only a single channel this time around, with controls for Bass, Middle and Treble as well as a Master Volume and a Gain control. But that’s not where the tone sculpting ends. Read More …

NAMM 2009: Vox AC4TV

There those little things that make life worth living. The loving caress of one’s significant other. Watching your child take their first steps. The new Futurama movies. But let’s not forget that other of life’s sweet, sweet joys: valve amps that look like 50s TV sets.

Take it away, Vox.

VOX Amplification introduces the AC4TV, a 4-Watt, Class A Tube Amplifier based on the popular VOX AC4 from the 1960s. The AC4TV combo, as well as the AC4TVH head version (with matching V112TV 1 x 12″ extension cabinet), is an all-tube practice amp that has been factory-modded with a premium transformer and select components for optimum tone. Improving on the hardware of its vintage counterpart, this up-to-date Class A version retains the distinctive EL84 power tube of the original and features a 12AX7 powered pre-amp, driving the AC4TV’s custom-made Celestion 10-inch speaker, and the extension cabinet’s custom-made 12-inch speaker. These features enable both models to deliver clean, crunch or wonderfully saturated overdrive for a range of sonic options that is unmistakably VOX.

A challenge confronting all-tube amps is to retain a full tone at lower volumes. To solve this issue, the AC4TV and AC4TVH feature a built-in power attenuator, with 4 Watt, 1 Watt and 1/4 Watt output levels, ensuring that players never lose that classic tube tone, even at the lowest listening levels. For situations when a fuller sound is desired, the AC4TV also adds a 16-Ohm speaker output for connection to an additional cabinet, such as the VOX V112TV.

Both models feature simple, elegant cabinetry with the “TV” front design first used on the classic AC15 from 1958 as well as some of today’s VOX Heritage Series models.

AC4TV/AC4TVH Specifications:
Controls: Tone, Volume, OP Level (4W, 1W, 1/4 W)
In/Out Jacks: Input, External Speaker Jack (1/4″)
Output: 4 Watt RMS 16-Ohm
Speakers: AC4TV — 1 x 10″ 16-Ohm Celestion VX10 custom speaker; V112TV – 1 x 12″ 16-Ohm Celestion VX12 custom speaker
Valve/Tube Complement: 1 x 12AX7 (pre) / 1 x EL84 (power)
AC4TV Dimensions: 13.78″ (W) x 8.46″ (D) x 14.76″ (H); AC4TVH dimensions TBA
AC4TV Weight: 19.84 lbs.; AC4TVH weight TBA
Power cable included

The VOX AC4TV 4-Watt Class A Tube Amplifier will be available in February 2009 with a U.S. MSRP of $400. AC4TVH and V112TV cabinet pricing and availability are TBA.

For more information, visit their web site at http://www.voxamps.co.uk/.