NEW IN STOCK! Fender Mustang GT40 Digital Electric Guitar Amplifier July 04, 2017 19:06
Fender's Mustang series is the best selling amplifier series in the world, with good reason. Very reasonably priced, simple to operate and with a nice, broad sweep of amplifier models to suit a range of styles, they are exceptional value. So how do you top it?
Well, Fender have done just that with the new Mustang GT series. Higher performance, more choice, more control. Every feature is simply bigger and better. 21 amp models are painstakingly replicated (including a whole host of Fender classics such as the '59 Bassman, right through to modern high gain metal models) and 46 different effects.
The high fidelity processing algorithms allow you to adjust everything from the attack response to ordering your effects chain, creating an entirely malleable suite of sonic options, controllable on the unit through a full colour LCD display, or via bluetooth with the Fender Tone app and your personal devices. The GT40 is also wifi enabled, making access to updates and Fender artist-created presets, which is a great little addition, as you can keep growing the amplifiers' capabilities and widening your sonic palette ongoing.
Built like a little desktop amp, I was initially unsure if the 2x20w Stereo speakers would do it justice, given its relatively compact size. I dialled up a preset tone called 'White Keys' (think Black Keys, White Stripes, vintage heavy overdrive with an octave generator) and it brought a smile to my face! You can adjust the settings in the presets via a simple menu, which is really intuitive. There's some fun to be had with it; presets such as 'Your Mom' and 'That One Solo' have some pretty wild settings, which are great to rip on. Where I can see the GT40 best utilised is as a home recording amp, given its ease of use, myriad options skewing towards experimentation and creativity, simple connectivity solutions and small size and weight. This would look right at home as part of a small recording setup. It would even fit on the desk! The Fender GT40 is a great piece of kit, astounding functionality for the ticket price of £199. Snap one up!
- Power: 40W (2x20W stereo)
- Single channel
- 21 amp models
- Single input
- Speaker: 2x6.5 Fender Special Design
- Controls: Gain, Volume, Treble, Bass, Master, Encoder, Three Layer Buttons, FX Button, Save Button, Menu Button, Tap Button
- 46 built-in FX
- USB recording output
- Aux. input
- Headphone output
- Bluetooth audio streaming
- Built-in chromatic tuner
- Footswitch sold separately
- Cabinet material: 5/8 in. particleboard
- Covering: Black Textured Vinyl
- Grille Cloth: Black
- Handle: Integrated Top-Mount Handle
- Knobs: Black Plastic
- Height: 11 in. x 12 in. x 18 in. (27.9 cm x 31 cm x 45.72 cm)
- Weight: 17 lb. (7.7 kg)
NEW! Elixir OPTIWEB Coated Nickel Plated Electric Guitar Strings June 15, 2017 20:13
NEW! Elixir Optiweb Coated Nickel Plated Electric Guitar Strings. The crisp tone of uncoated strings with all the benefits of a coated string! Longer life, corrosion protected with Elixir's new Optiweb technology. Which is all well and good, but my word do the SOUND and FEEL GOOD! Available in Super Light, Custom Light and Light gauges, all at the introductory price of £11.99. Come and try them out on our Yamaha Pacifica 510V
Vox AV30 now in stock! May 10, 2016 22:37
Hello, Folks. It seems today that you can get a lot of amplification for your hard earned cash these days, if you know where to look, of course (Sutton Music Centre, perhaps. Just a thought). Modelling technology has come on an awful lot recently, with reasonably priced amps like Fender’s Mustang Series possessing a great variety of onboard digital amp models and effects. Of course, however good a digital model is, there will be purists that prefer the tone of real analogue circuitry and tubes. If only there was a box that offered the broad tonal range of a digital modelling amp, with the qualities of a genuine analogue amp. IF ONLY….
Well there is, isn’t there? It’s the VOX AV30! The 30 watts AV (Analogue Valve) features eight true analogue preamp circuits on 2 channels, for a totally authentic range of harmonically rich classic and modern tones, all served up in a uniquely designed sealed cabinet with a custom Vox 10”speaker. It’s a pretty nice box indeed.
What can I say? I’m sold. It marries the best elements of VOX’s Valvetronix series with an eye to pleasing the analogue purists. The range you can dial in is impressive. The clean tones are nice and sharp, and work well with the only digital component of the package; the three onboard effects of Chorus, Delay and Reverb. I’m a big fan of the high gain setting, with the independently adjustable tube settings dialed to ‘warm’, crank it up and let it sizzle! All in all, I think at £289 the AV30 represents excellent value for money.
Matt Bellamy MBC1 model May 10, 2016 22:31
Designed by Matt Bellamy in conjunction with Cort and Manson Guitars, the MBC-1 has been made with one thing in mind; versatility. It features a custom wound Manson single coil at the neck, which excel at clear, glassy, cutting tones. It also has a high output humbucker at the bridge, for when things get serious!
It also has a discrete killswitch mounted on the top horn of the elongated tele-shaped body, which can be used to replicate many of Matt’s own stage tricks without addition effects. Or come up with your own, which is really the point. The basswood body (matt black finish, naturally!) gives it some good low end, whilst the compound radius maple neck and rosewood fingerboard make it pretty easy to get around. I love the flatness of the fretboard higher up the neck, it’s very comfortable.
Obviously, it cries out for you to rip ‘Newborn’ on it. But there’s more to it. It responds well to a bit of everything. On the single coil with a clean tone and a touch of reverb (through a VOX AV30), I found a lovely warm jazz texture. Roll the reverb off, little less tone from the guitar, and we’re in choppy funk territory. The killswitch is great fun, especially once you’ve laid on some effects and distortion. Weight wise it’s very well balanced. It’s simply a very well made guitar, which is all you can expect from such guitar obsessives as Bellamy, Manson and the world’s largest guitar manufacturer. You can strum it unplugged and hear the acoustic quality of the instrument. I’m not kidding! Come down and give it a go. But make sure you plug it in, too. It’s damn fun. All in all, the MBC-1 is a superb all-rounder this is a signature model without an ego, which in itself is a rare thing indeed.